Surf Coast Youth

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Our shire is full of vibrant young people who do fabulous things every day. To keep up to date on what we have on offer for the 12-25 -year-old crowd, check out the pages below and be sure to follow ‘Surf Coast Youth’ on Instagram or like the Surf Coast Youth Facebook page. You can also contact us on 5261 0600 or email youthdevelopment@surfcoast.vic.gov.au.

What's on 2022

Parenting in 2022 with D. Michael Carr-Gregg

Dr Michael Carr-Gregg is one of Australia’s highest profile psychologists, author, broadcaster and specialist in parenting, children, adolescents and mental health and is presenting 3 different topics across 3 nights in Torquay.

Location: The MAC: Multi Arts Centre, 77 Beach Rd, Torquay

Date: August 9 - Raising Happy and Resilient Young People

Date: August 29 - Coping with Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs

Date: September 5 – De-mystifying and Managing Adolescent Risk

Parents and carers of school aged children from all schools are encouraged to attend. You can come to one or all of the sessions.

Tickets available for each event through Eventbrite

 Parenting in 2022 with Dr. Michael Carr-Gregg | Eventbrite

 

FReeZA – Coastal Events

January – Winchelsea Pool Party

March – Airies Open Mic FReeZA Stage

April – FreeZA Summit

August – Torquay Winter Music Gig (Information TBC)

October – Lorne on the Lawn (Information TBC)

December – Torquay Summer Gig (Information TBC)

Fortnightly committee meetings held at Torquay Youth Centre

 

Engage!

Torquay Youth Space – Monday, Wednesday, Friday 3pm – 5pm during school term

Youth 4 Climate (Details TBC, Likely Term 3 and 4)

Teen Mental Health First Aid (Surf Coast Secondary & Lorne P-12)

Employment Skills Workshops (Details TBC)

Youth 4 Climate Celebration Event (Details TBC)

 

Victorian Youth Fest

September - Arts and cultural event celebrating young people (Location TBC)

 

General

School Holiday Youth Space Pop Ups (See social media for times and locations)

Parenting Education Program (Details TBC: School Term 3 and 4)

Schoolies Harm Reduction Response

 

Specialist Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drug Services

Surf Coast Shire partner with Barwon Child Youth & Family to deliver the following services.

Monday - Youth AOD and Mental Health with Declan.

Tuesday - Community Mental Health with Dan.

Thursday - Family Drop-in Service with Tina.

 

 

Surf Coast Youth Awards

Congratulations to the winners of the 2021 Surf Coast Youth Awards

Arts - Mink Cummins

Community - James Staley, Jax Wake and Tim Harte

Environment - Surf Coast Environmental Action Team (SCEAT)

Sport - Mia Huppatz

A full list of 2021 nominations can be found here

To find out when the next round of nominations will be open please keep an eye on this page or Surf Coast Youth on Facebook and Instagram

Previous years

2020 Award Winners

Arts – Billy-Jay O’Toole
Community – Winchelsea Youth Leisure Drop-In (WYLD)
Environment – Alex Marshall
Sport – Zakhele Stevens

Schoolies

Torquay and Lorne are popular locations within the Shire for school leavers to celebrate. We want young people to have a fun experience on the Coast whilst respecting the townships and native flora and fauna.

Council is part of the Good Times, Great Breaks harm minimisation strategy - see their Facebook page for more information about schoolies for parents/guardians and local residents.

The Surf Coast Shire Youth Survey

Council runs an annual survey to find out what the young Surf Coast community need to thrive.

Find out how our young people responded(PDF, 1MB)  

 

Engage!

The Engage! program is ran to work with young people to develop and deliver activities that engage young people in the their community. Engage! covers a range of topics for young people including; mental health and wellbeing, connections to the community, employment skills and the environment.

Engage beeswax wraps

 

Youth Spaces

Youth Lounge

The Youth Lounge is a space where young people are welcome to hang out on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 3pm-5pm during the school terms. Located within Kurrambee Myaring Community Centre the Youth Lounge has a range of activities for young people, these include; table tennis, foosball, electric drums, a range of guitars, board and card games and free Wi-Fi. 

Youth Pod 

The Surf Coast Youth Pod is a mobile container that is transported throughout the region to offer support to young people. It is a hang-out space for youth and is a place to connect with the Youth Team.

Youth Pod opening dates, times and locations will be posted on the Surf Coast Youth Facebook Page.

youth pod

FReeZA

FReeZA is a youth development program which aims to provide Music, Art and Skate/BMX opportunities for young people aged 12-25.

FReeZA encourages young people to form committees that organise drug, alcohol and smoke free events and training for other young people in their local communities.

If you are interested in joining your local committee, performing at an event or just want more information about the FReeZA program, please fill out the form below or email youthdevelopment@surfcoast.vic.gov.au

    

 

Need Support?

If you need help and support regarding youth issues, the following links can be useful:

  • Reach Out
    info on mental health issues, success stories and a community support forum
  • Youth Drug Support
    drug support info, chatline, news, fact sheets, an interactive poll, a forum, ask health professionals confidential questions
  • Kids Helpline
    Phone: 1800 55 1800 (free call from landline)
  • Youth Central
    School Leavers info, jobs & careers, money management, studying, relationship advice, safe parties
  • Headspace Barwon
    info on mental health and tough times - if you're 12-25, you can get health advice, support and info