Youth hub trial set to improve accessibility to services for local young people

A range of stakeholders and participants visited a launch at the Maryborough Town Hall last Thursday for a pop-up youth hub which will operate in town for six months from this December. The hub will deliver a range of youth services in the one spot, with the hope to establish a permanent version in the future.

Youth providers are banding together for a six month pop-up youth hub from this December, with the goal to improve the range and accessibility to services in Maryborough.

It is hopeful that the trial, which commences in a little over a month at the Maryborough Town Hall, will inform a business case for a permanent youth facility, co-designed with local young people, to combine an integrated service model with a recreational youth space.

The project is being led by Go Goldfields and strongly supported by the Central Goldfields Shire Council, the Youth Support and Advocacy Service (YSAS), Anglicare and the Maryborough and District Health Service (MDHS).

Central Goldfields Shire’s general manager community wellbeing, Martin Collins said while there are a number of services helping young people locally, bringing them all together in one place will enable them to share the load and also make the whole process less daunting for young people.

“There are lots of services here doing lots of really good pieces of individual work, but what we have lacked is the opportunity to bring all of that together,” he said.

For more on this story see the Front Page of The Advertiser, Tuesday, October 29

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