The Huon Valley Council’s Youth Services Unit provides a wide range of programs and events for young people aged 13 to 25 years. All programs are designed to build the capacity of young people by:
- Engaging youth as a resource not simply a recipient of services;
- Focusing on supporting young people and their families and promoting self development; and
- Ensuring young people are included as part of the planning and decision making process of all relevant programs and events.
Council’s Youth Services Unit identifies and creates opportunities for young people with diverse interests, networks and experiences. The unit provides access to support, mentors and resources that young people need, including:
- Health promotion
- Gearing Up Program – Driver mentoring
- National Youth Week events (annual)
- Workshops and education on topics such as STI prevention, relationships, bullying
- Youth Advisory Committee
- Access to the Youth Health Fund
If experiencing a crisis please call:
Kids Help Line: 1800 551 800
Youth Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636
Life Line: 131 114
From 3pm-5pm every Thursday, young people can drop in to see a youth worker. No appointments are necessary and the youth workers are located behind the main Council building (look for the Chat Space sign).
Information and assistance is provided on a range of issues, including; family conflict, accommodation, drug and alcohol issues, relationships, sexual health, sexuality and employment.
Young people and their families can call in any time, but as the youth officers offer a range of programs off-site, there may not always be a youth officer in the office.
The designated hours each Thursday guarantee that a youth officer will be available.
The Youth Services Unit offers a variety of inclusive, contemporary programs and events for young people. These include art-based workshops, National Youth Week events and health promotion. Programs and events are designed to enhance life skills, create new opportunities, promote leadership and team work, build self-esteem, and increase communication skills.
The Council’s youth officers are able to assist young people and their families by offering a non-judgemental environment for young people to discuss their concerns.
The youth officers are able to provide support, information and referrals to specialist services.
They can also provide the following to young people where necessary:
- sexual health packs
- emergency contraception
- hygiene/toiletry packs
We can talk to services on your behalf or provide you with support if you are having problems understanding information or dealing with hassles that seem too big.
Council’s Youth Services Unit officers are aware of the importance of maintaining a confidential service.