Big Youth Week planned

A full line-up of activities has been planned for Byron Shire Youth Week from April 10 to 18.

With the Byron Shire Youth Council on board, there have been a number of projects developed to ensure young people from across the shire have an opportunity to play a part in the celebrations.

Mayor Cr Jan Barham said the Youth Week program had been initiated by the young people in the shire and was a well-balanced program of fun and learning opportunities.

Starting at noon on Saturday, the annual skate competition RUKKUS will be held at the Mullumbimby Skate Park. Now in its fifth year, the event draws hundreds of spectators.

On Sunday, April 18, the Youth Council is holding Live It Up–- Turn It Up, a free youth extravaganza with live youth bands, music, dance, percussion and art workshops.

To be held from 1pm to 6pm at the Sound Shell in Brunswick Heads, there will also be plenty of information available on the services available for young people on the North Coast. If the weather is wet, the event will still take place but will move to the Brunswick Heads Memorial Hall.

Cr Barham said while Youth Week was a time for celebrating young people’s achievements, it was also an opportunity to remember that not all young people had it easy in our community.

At the request of Byron Shire Youth Council, a free two-day course on mental health first aid training is being provided by North Coast Area Health Service for young people aged 16 to 24 years.

“Many young people go to friends for advice and support on personal issues. Through strengthening their knowledge and skills around mental health issues, the course will create a safer and more aware youth community,” said Cr Barham.

In addition, The Byron Bay Youth House is holding a youth homelessness matters day called ‘Countdown – Everyone Counts’ on Wednesday, April 14, from 10.30am.

The council is also supporting the NORPA drama school holiday workshops from April 12 to 16 at the Mullumbimby Civic Hall. The workshops are split into two age groups, with clowning and stage combat planned for the 13 to 16 age bracket, and acting up classes in creativity and performance for 8- to 12-year-olds.

Byron Shire Youth Council is also looking for young people to support their efforts to participate in the next Disabled Surfers Association event on Saturday April 17.

Other events include a comedy/trivia night on Friday, April 16, at the Youth Activity Centre (YAC) with Joel Salom, and an ‘Expression Day’ organised by BYS from 2pm on Saturday, April 17, at Suffolk Park.

For more information on Youth Week, contact Byron Shire Youth Council’s youth activities officer Belle Arnold on 6685 9341 or go to council’s website

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