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Youth team to continue to provide support over holidays

Published on 29 December 2017
  • Children and young people

Council’s youth team will continue to support Maroondah’s young people and their families over the 2017-18 Christmas school holidays.

The last session of EV’s Hangout drop-in program, which runs out of EV’s Youth Centre for young people aged 12-25 years, is on Thursday 21 December.

Youth worker Rachelle said the team would only be a call, text or facebook message away for any young person aged 12-25 in need of assistance or referral to another support agency over the Christmas break.

“Although EV’s will be closed, we’re still keen to hear from any young people who might need a chat over the summer break,” Rachelle said.

“Council offers a Youth Support Service to young people and their families, who are welcome and encouraged to access Youth Services for information, assistance or support on any topic. We welcome a call, a text, an email, or a Facebook message on any working day, in whatever way works best for you.”

EV’s Youth Centre is used as a meeting place, a source of information and education, and as an  drop in space for 12-25’s each Thursday from 3pm to 6pm (during school term).

EV’s Hangout will return in the first week back to school in Term 1, on Thursday 1 February 2018.

For anyone wanting information outside of business hours, the Youth Services website and Facebook page offers a range of information, such as activities on offer in Maroondah to keep young people entertained.

Councillor Marijke Graham said the website also offered a list of contact details for other local support services, and other resources for young people and their families.

“So, if you or someone you know finds themselves in a position where they need support or help, then our youth workers can provide information on almost any issue, including school, finding a job, family issues, getting involved in the community, or if a young person is just having a hard time,” Cr Graham said.

For more information, contact Council’s Youth Services team on 9294 5704, email, visit the Maroondah Youth Services website or Facebook.

If you need help after office hours or on weekends, you can call one of these 24-hour /7-day services for immediate help:

  • Kids Helpline – 1800 55 1800
  • Lifeline – 13 11 14
  • Eastern Health Mental Health Program – 1300 721 927
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