Schoolies HUB in need of volunteers
A RENEWED call has gone out for volunteers to man the Schoolies HUB at Byron Bay's Main Beach for this year's celebrations.
An initiative of the Byron Schoolies Safety Response team, the HUB, based in a marquee supplied by Byron Council, will be open 24-hours from November 18 to December 5, with volunteers rostered on for shifts of four hours.
Last year nearly 100 local volunteers worked at the Schoolies HUB along with Red Frogs volunteers and also local organisation Youth With A Mission.
Volunteers who sign up before the end of October will have an opportunity to receive free training, including senior first aid and youth mental health first aid.
Schoolies HUB co-ordinator Nicqui Yazdi said the offer of free certificate qualifications was a great incentive and would also ensure that any young visitors who found themselves in trouble, whether it be a cut foot or a mental health crisis, would have qualified volunteers to help them.
Ms Yazdi said for many Schoolies it would be the first time away from home and also for many the first holiday on their own or with friends.
"They have chosen to come to Byron Bay because of the relaxed atmosphere that Byron offers," she said.
"No big parties, such as the Gold Coast, just beautiful beaches and a chilled-out vibe.
"We want to make sure that their holiday is a safe and happy one and that they leave Byron with wonderful memories of their end of Year 12 celebrations.
Volunteer registration forms are available from the Youth Activities Centre at 1 Gilmore Crescent and all volunteers must fill in these forms, including the Working With Children's Check-Volunteer Declaration.
For more information contact Nicqui Yazdi on 0402013177, or email byronschooliessafety firstname.lastname@example.org