COVID-19 UPDATE 

The Blackbutt Youth Centre will reopen from Monday 22 June 2020, following advice from the NSW Government. 

Is Shellharbour Youth Services operating? 

Yes! From Monday 22 June 2020, Shellharbour Youth Services will be back operating as part of the First Phase in our Recovery Plan. This First Phase includes re-opening to run programs based in the Blackbutt Youth Centre.  

Due to COVID-19 safety measures we will not be running any external programs across Shellharbour, which means our outreach and school programs are still paused. 
  
Is Blackbutt Youth Centre Open? 

Yes! From Monday 22 June 2020, Blackbutt Youth Centre will be open.  

Established programs will run on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. The Drama Group and Cooking Group will be back and operating, with a new pre-registration system to help maintain our COVID-19 safety measurements. We are also open for support and referrals to other local services. 

We are open for school holiday programs.


What are the opening hours? 

The Blackbutt Youth Centre will be open 3.30pm to 5.00pm Monday, Wednesday and Thursday for programs, and 9.30am to 3pm Monday to Friday for appointments with Youth Workers.  

Booking is required to attend programs. You can register your interest HERE.   

To make an appointment with a youth worker please contact us on Ph: 42953820, Mobile: 0436 928 555, or DM on our social media channels.

During the School Holiday period the Blackbutt Youth Centre will be open 10am to 1.00pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for programs. Find out more about school holiday programs HERE
 
How many people can access the Blackbutt Youth Centre? 

Following the NSW Government’s four square metre rule, The Blackbutt Youth Centre will have a maximum capacity of 15 people.   
 
What do I need to do before visiting? 

The Blackbutt Youth Centre is open for programs and youth worker appointments only. Please register your interest for a program HERE. You can make an appointment with a youth worker by contacting  PH: 42953820, Mobile: 0436 928 555 Or DM on our social media channels. 

If you feel unwell, please stay at home.  

What are the Conditions of Entry? 

We ask that all visitors adhere to the new measures we have put in place due to keep you safe during COVID-19: 
•    If you feel unwell, please stay at home. 
•    You need to provide your full name and contact details before you enter the building, as part of a NSW Health requirement for contact tracing.  
•    Please limit your movement to the areas allocated to your program. 
•    Please comply with maximum number of people within each space. 
•    Social Distancing is mandatory and in line with government social distancing laws of 1.5 metres to ensure a safe environment for all.  
•    We ask that you keep tables and chairs, or other furniture in their original place.   
•    Practice good hand hygiene by regularly washing your hands. 
  

Why do you need my details? 

NSW Health have asked us to collect visitor information to help with contact tracing.  This means if one of our visitors gets sick, we can help NSW Health communicate with anyone who might have been near them.  

Your information will be stored safely and confidentially for 28 days, and then deleted. 
  
What services and support are available? 

Our regular programs will be kicking off at Blackbutt Youth Centre including: 
 
Drama Program 
Mondays and Wednesdays, 3.30pm – 5pm 
  
Cooking Program 
Thursdays, 3.30pm – 5pm 
  
If you would like to attend a program – please pre-register your interest 
HERE
  
One-on-One Support,  
Monday – Friday 9.30am – 3.00pm 
By Appointment only 

  
If you would like to make a referral for one-on-one support please contact us here (landline, mobile, email, socials) 

From Monday 6 July – Thursday 16 July the Blackbutt Youth Centre will be open for school holiday programs from 10am to 1.00pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Find out more about school holiday programs and register HERE
  
Can I use a computer at the Blackbutt Youth Centre? 
Our computers are currently unavailable. Please continue to check our website for updates. 
 
Is Wi-Fi available? 
Wi-Fi is available at the Youth Centre. Please remember to bring your own device as computers are currently not available.  
  
When will our services expand? 
We will evaluate phase 1 of recovery over the coming weeks, and will continue to inform the community as changes to our services are made. 
  
Can I hire the Blackbutt Youth Centre? 
Currently, we will not be taking any new bookings. Please continue to check our website for updates.  
  
 
How are you keeping the Youth Centre Safe? 
Our main focus is on providing a clean environment that local young people can access safely. We have implemented new safety measures based on guidelines from the NSW State government including: 
•    Pre-registration process to help maintain a safe number of people inside the building 
•    Promotion of social distancing inside and outside the building 
•    Regular cleaning of common and high touch point areas inside the building 
•    Promotion of hood hand hygiene and the installation of new hand sanitiser units 

What support can access outside of Blackbutt Youth Centre? 

If you need immediate help or support the following contacts can provide support: 

How will I stay up to date with any changes? 

Our webpage and Council's website is regularly updated. You can also follow Youth Services on Facebook and Instagram. 

We will directly contact our key partners to discuss future plans around COVID.

 

Shellharbour Youth Plan

Our Youth Services team is based at the Blackbutt Youth Centre, and works across the entire city. Since late 2018, all our Youth Services work is aligned with the Shellharbour Youth Plan 2018-2021. The Youth Plan is a whole-of-community plan that aims to help us all contribute to a supportive community for young people. The Youth Plan has a number of priorities under three themes: Live, Grow and Play. The plan sets out how we can all help young people to live, grow and play in Shellharbour, so they can STAY in Shellharbour.

The Youth Action Plan is a shorter version of the youth plan and outlines the priorities and goals of young people in Shellharbour, along with the actions we can all take to help meet those priorities. If you’d like to help contribute to the Youth Plan, please email our Team Leader - Children's and Youth Services.

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To help deliver on the Youth Plan, we offer a range of activities such as: 

  • youth workers in schools
  • guitar and music programs
  • drama groups
  • street art
  • school holiday programs
  • free toast and milkshakes
  • youth services network meetings

If you are interested in joining the finding out more about our services, subscribe to the Shellharbour Youth Network mailing list, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram!

The Shellharbour City Youth Council is a key part of Council’s commitment to supporting young people. The Youth Council is a leadership and civic program for young people 12-24 years old and is a valuable and important partner in the delivery of the Youth Plan.

The Youth Council’s objectives are:

  1. The Youth Council is a leadership and civic program for young people 12-24 years old
  2. The Youth Council will involve young people in local government decision making to build a resilient youth population and provide opportunities for young people to reach their full potential.
  3. Council and the Youth Council will support young people to deliver the goals from the Shellharbour Youth Plan (page 3)
  4. The Youth Council is seen as a valuable and important partner in the delivery of the Shellharbour Youth Plan, and as such the Youth Council is referenced against specific actions within the Action Plan. These will form the basis of standing items on the agenda at Youth Council meetings

Membership is open to Shellharbour residents aged 12-24. Each High School has an allocation for two representatives and there are 5 community representative positions available.

The Youth Council will be comprised of no more than 21 members aged between 12-24 years at the date of nomination, with members being appoint for 2 years.

Meetings are held quarterly (minimum) outside of school hours, at the Shellharbour Civic Centre.

If you want to find out more information, check out the TERMS OF REFERENCE  or email our Team Leader - Children's and Youth Services.

The first #youngshellharbour July 2019 update is ready to view! It's a snapshot of the first 6 months of the Youth Plan's implementation, with highlights from the Youth Council and articles written by young people on some great stuff they've been up to locally. It aims to promote young people's voices, share their successes and promote engagement with the Youth Plan and the Youth Council within the community.

Children & families

We are committed to ensuring children across our city grow up in the best possible environment to support their growth and development. We recognise the importance of supporting families and children by promoting local activities, events and services for children 0-12 years, their parents, carers and grandparents.

We support the operation of Shellharbour Kids for parents and carers of children, community workers and professionals. This site aims to save you time by providing links to parenting information, support and resources in our city, as well as links to helpful Australian parenting websites.

For further information contact our Team Leader - Children & Youth Services on 4221 6007.

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Last updated : Tue 14 Jul 2020