Volunteers needed for Schoolie Hub
That’s the message from the Byron Schoolies Safety Response Working Group which is seeking volunteers to help man the Schoolies Hub at Byron Bay in a few weeks.
Co-ordinator Nicqui Yazdi said the ‘Hub’ had been organised as part of providing a safe holiday experience for young school leavers celebrating the end of their high school years.
Ms Yazdi said it would be located at Apex Park near Main Beach and would act as a centre for information, support and engagement with young school leavers.
“Volunteers from all walks of life are being sought, and their role is generally to hand out information and help keep the young people safe and happy during the schoolie holiday period,” she said.
“If anyone can spare some time during the two weeks from Saturday, November 21 until Saturday, December 5, we would love to hear from them.”
Ms Yazdi said volunteers were needed to work a range of shifts including morning, lunch, afternoons and evenings.
She said the ‘Hub’ would act as a meeting point, provide water, chilled out music, simple first aid, fun beach activities, information for schoolies about alcohol free zones, community expectations and also health, visitor and transport services.
It would be a big challenge to fill the 90, four-hour shifts. Age was no barrier and the group was seeking anyone who had some spare time; from people who have first aid or RSA training, beach games co-ordinators, entertainers, musicians and more, she said.
Volunteering would be particularly rewarding for people who were studying tourism, health, youth or community services or planning on a future in these industries.
Said Ms Yazdi: “Whether you are a student, a trained professional, a musician, a local business owner, a parent, a school leaver yourself, or just have some spare time to offer, the Hub needs you.”
Ms Yazdi said one of the main advantages of having a Hub and volunteers during Schoolies celebrations was reducing the potential negative impact of Schoolie visitors on the town.
“Having local volunteers on the ground during Schoolies creates many eyes and ears looking after the visitors as well as the local community,” she said.
If any individuals, organisations, or businesses would like to sign up to volunteer, donate prizes, games equipment or help they can contact Nicqui Yazdi on 0402013177.
Additional Schoolie support is also being provided by the Red Frogs, Point Zero and Youth with a Mission.