Youth Services

We provide a range of social, recreational and educational activities for young people aged 12-24.

Programs are designed to build the capacity of young people and are underpinned by five focus areas:

  • Working together – taking a coordinated approach to the support and development of young people through improved communication, engagement and participation.
  • Giving young people a voice – providing opportunities that allow young people to be more connected, engaged and active within their respective and collective communities.
  • Getting help – providing timely and easy access to information and services for young people and parents.
  • Feeling safe – assisting young people to feel safe in their relationships, home, community and public spaces.
  • Employment, education and training – providing support, encouragement and opportunities for young people to develop the necessary skills to work in the area of their choice.

Policy and Planning

Youth Plan

Our Youth Plan 2018-2022 provides strategic direction for us to meet the needs of young people and their families.

Youth Network Advisory Group (YNAG)

YNAG is a council committee for young people aged 12-24 who live, work, or go to school in the Clarence area and are interested in providing a stronger voice for young people in our city.

Meeting fortnightly during school terms, YNAG works with council on a variety of projects and events. Members learn and develop skills which will enable them to have a voice in policy and decision making on issues which impact young people.

For more information and/or to join the group contact our Youth Participation Officer on cccynag@gmail.com or 0400 720 373/03 6247 1230.

 

Projects and activities

Read more about our diverse range of youth projects and activities.

Youth Assist

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Youth Assist, located at the Clarence Integrated Care Centre in Bayfield Street, Rosny Park, is a free and confidential health and general referral service for young people aged 12-24.

Young people and their parents can contact the youth health worker for general information on education, work, accommodation, Centrelink, assistance on accessing emergency funds, social and sporting groups and entertainment in Clarence. Drug, alcohol and headspace counselling of offered by appointment.

For more information contact the Youth Health Promotion Officer on cccyouthassist@gmail.com, or 0428 060 337 / 03 6247 1230.

Drop ins at the youth centre

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Young people have the opportunity to drop in to our Youth Centre located on Grange Road, Rokeby, for information, support and referrals.

Bike program

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This program enables young people to gain knowledge and skills in bike safety and restoration. Young people can keep the bike they restore or give them to someone they know.

The bike program operates on the following dates:

  • Monday and Wednesday during the school term 3.00-4.30pm
  • School Holidays – Wednesday 3.00-4.30pm

The bike program operates from the Youth Centre on Grange Road in Rokeby.

Outreach recreation programs

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We run a number of outreach recreation programs in the city. More information on these programs are included below.

Monday Night Recreational Program

This program operates on a Monday during the school term from 4.30pm-6.00pm and includes general activities including games, sport, craft and cooking.

This program operates from the Youth Centre located on Grange Road in Rokeby.

Sports Program

The sports program operates on a Tuesday during school term from 5.30pm-7.00pm.

This program operates from the Risdon Vale Sports Hall on Sugarloaf Road in Risdon Vale.

Warrane Mornington Neighbourhood Centre 

We deliver two activity based programs each term in four week blocks on a Thursday during school term from 4.30pm-5.30pm.

The program is guided by the interests of young people and areas identified by youth workers. Activities can include stenciling, drums, , Minute to Win It, jewellery making, music and other activities.

Learning programs

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We operate various learning programs to enhance the numeracy, literacy and social skills of young people.

These programs are run in partnership with local neighbourhood centres.

All school ages can attend the learning programs.

Young people can bring along their homework or participate in the educational activities and games provided by Youth Services.

The programs include:

Risdon Vale Neighbourhood Centre on Sugarloaf Rd, Risdon Vale

This program operates on a Wednesday during school term from 4.00pm-6.00pm. A meal is provided by volunteers.

Risdon Vale Neighbourhood Centre is located on Sugarload Road.

Clarendon Vale Neighbourhood Centre 

This program operates on a Thursday during school term from 3.30pm-5.30pm. A meal is provided by volunteers.

Clarendon Vale Neighbourhood Centre is located on Mockridge Road.

Warrane Mornington Neighbourhood Centre on Bligh St, Warrane

We operate a migrant literacy and numeracy program for primary students. Led by young people, the program runs on a Tuesday during school term from 3.30pm-5.00pm. Snacks are provided and youth volunteers are welcome.

Rokeby Primary School on Burtonia St, Rokeby

We operate a migrant literacy and numeracy program for primary students. Led by young people, the program runs on a Thursday during school term from 3.00pm-4.30pm. Snacks are provided and youth volunteers are welcome.

For more information on learning programs, contact youth services on 03 6247 1230.

Workshop program

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Our Youth Centre has a fully equipped workshop where we provide learning opportunities in project planning, wood and metal work and promotes general skills development.

This program engages young people in an alternative education program during the school term, aiming to help young people develop skills which will guide them towards employment.

The workshop is also open to young people from year five upwards to restore, reuse or make something new.

The Open Workshop operates on a Tuesday during the school term from 3.00-4.30pm.

School options programs

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We offer various school options programs to year five/six students and to high school students.

The content of the program is negotiated between the school and the youth services team and is dependent on the skill set of the youth workers.

School holiday program

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The school holiday program is offered each school holiday period for students in years five to eight.

The program involves a variety of activities, such as swimming, ten pin bowling, laser skirmish, as well as various activities at our Youth Centre.

In addition to the usual school holiday program, we also offer other programs for young people aged 14+ including surfing, wood working skills, ten pin bowling.

Activities are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Pick up is available from Rokeby, Risdon Vale and Warrane. The cost is $5 per day.

Graffiti reduction program

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Working with established artists and young mentors, we run street art workshops in schools and the wider community.

The aim of the school program is to provide an opportunity for young people to learn about street art and the impact of illegal artwork. A program school program includes one to three sessions per school during a school term.

The high school program is a 10-week program per school during a school term.

At times we also conduct community-based projects that give young people an opportunity to create murals and free sprays in conjunction with established street artists. These projects are usually held on weekends and during school holidays.

 

Learner licence testing

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Car and motorcycle learners licence testing is available for young people who have difficulty undertaking the computer version of the test at Service Tasmania.

Appointments can be made through the Youth Centre.

Rooms available

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Rooms are available for youth focused services at the Youth Centre in Rokeby and Youth Assist in Rosny Park.

Rooms at the Youth Centre can be booked by contacting 03 6247 1230.

Rooms at Youth Assist can be booked by contacting our Youth Health Promotion Officer on cccyouthassist@gmail.com or 0428 060 337 /  03 6247 1230.