headspace Bathurst looking for youth voices
"Being a part of the Youth Reference Group this year meant I could use my creative skills to give back to an organisation which I've seen help so many people including myself. It's important that the age demographic headspace Bathurst targets has a voice behind the scenes to ensure the services are accessible and effective. It's been incredibly rewarding to say the least.
Applications are open for headspace Bathurst’s 2018 Youth Reference Group. Young people aged 12 to 25 years and interested in local youth issues are encouraged to apply.
Karen Golland, Community and Youth Engagement Coordinator at headspace Bathurst, is encouraging young people with a passion for mental health to apply for the Youth Reference Group and use this opportunity to shape the headspace message and services in Bathurst.
“We’ve had brilliant support from Bathurst youth to date and we’re always excited to hear new stories and meet new young people. Hearing the voices and views of as many young people as possible will always be a priority for headspace Bathurst,” comments Golland.
Youth participation is critical to the delivery of quality services for young people and headspace Bathurst aims to provide young people with meaningful opportunities to directly participate and collaborate with the centre.
“We want young people to share their insight into local youth issues, topics of interest and their experience of life in a regional town. With the collaboration of the Youth Reference Group, we work to guide headspace Bathurst in project development and improve the way we support young people in the Bathurst community, and we have a lot of fun in the process.”
The Youth Reference Group guides the development and review of programs and is directly involved in campaigns and events, media opportunities, social media, research projects, peer support, mentoring and a lot more.
“headspace Bathurst is a youth focussed service so the Youth Reference Group are essential in ensuring we are able to reach our young demographic and promote the centre as a fun but supportive place for young people who are going through a tough time,” Golland continues.
The headspace Bathurst centre is continuing to grow and shape the manner in which youth interact with their community and seek support for mental and general health, drugs and alcohol, and school or vocational issues.
Applications will close Friday 8 December 2017. If you know a young person in our community or believe that you would make a great youth advocate please contact Karen Golland for an application on 6338 1100 or drop into the centre at 102 Keppel Street.