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Council Supports Youth Training

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Monday, 21 June 2021 - 4:30pm

Golden Plains Shire Council is supporting young people and communities across the Shire with opportunities for connection and training during the upcoming school holidays.

School Holiday Youth Spaces will be offered in three locations during the upcoming winter break, with young people aged 12 to 18 years encouraged to attend. The Youth Spaces will operate from 1 to 5pm on:

  • Wednesday 30 June at the Bannockburn Youth Lounge, Bannockburn Cultural Centre, 27 High Street
  • Thursday 1 July at The Well, 19 Heales Street, Smythesdale
  • Thursday 8 July at Meredith Community Centre, 4 Russell Street

Council’s Youth Programs and Spaces are designed to improve access and connection for young people in Golden Plains Shire, providing safe, inclusive spaces for youth to connect, make new friends and learn valuable professional skills.

The free School Holiday Youth Spaces will be supervised by Council’s Youth Development Staff and provide young people with a space to catch up and meet new people, while offering a range of activities, music and healthy food and drinks.

Council’s Youth Development team will also be offering opportunities for young people to learn professional skills during the school holidays, with registrations open for Barista Skills and First Aid. These sessions will be open to young people aged 15 and over who are actively seeking work.

The practical and fun Barista Skills training will be held from 3.30 to 6.30pm on Tuesday 29 June at Coco’s Espresso Crew in Bannockburn; and a blended First Aid training course will be offered with an online component and an in-person session at the Bannockburn Cultural Centre from 1 to 4pm, Tuesday 6 July.

Golden Plains Shire Mayor Cr Helena Kirby encouraged local youth and families to take advantage of the activities available during the school holidays.

“The School Holiday Programs are a great opportunity for young people to connect and meet new friends, while developing valuable skills, in a safe and inclusive environment.

“Council is committed to providing opportunities for young people to build capacity and learn professional skills that better equip them for the future. These supervised spaces and programs are inclusive and designed to appeal to the strengths and interests of young people across the Shire, while focusing on the importance of connection, personal development and community.”

To register for the School Holiday Youth Spaces, Barista Skills training or First Aid, contact Council’s Youth Team at [email protected].  

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Council acknowledges the traditional Wadawurrung owners of this land. Council pays its respects to Wadawurrung Elders both past and present and extends that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People who are part of Golden Plains Shire.