New ‘space’ for local youth

December 21, 2017

Matt Howe and Lachlan Saville tackle a puzzle in the new Youth Art Space.

Seth Rhode has a go at the DJ decks.

Charli and Meg Williams with South West Arts' Spencer McGill.

A new Youth Spaces Network initiative has been launched in Deniliquin with the opening of the first Youth Arts Space.

Located at the End St building South West Arts shares with the Deniliquin Business Chamber — the former Conargo Shire chambers — the Youth Arts Space is a safe space to create, gather and interact in a fun and relaxed environment. Its creation was a collaboration of South West Arts and Intereach.

Sivonne Binks from South West Arts says the aim of the space and the growing Youth Spaces Network is to give young people some ownership of what happens in their own communities.

She says it’s also designed as a leadership program.

‘‘This is the pilot space for the new Youth Spaces Network, a project that is being developed by groups in Deniliquin to enable youth-led, youth-driven programs and projects in Deniliquin,’’ Ms Binks said.

‘‘Young people will be supported — through training, counselling and mentoring by a network of community groups and businesses — to develop and deliver youth programs within existing partner spaces and facilities.

‘‘South West Arts and Intereach are keen to engage youth leaders to help use the space.

‘‘The space will also be available for bookings for youth activities from January.’’

The Youth Arts Space was officially launched last Wednesday, when young people and potential mentors had the opportunity to enjoy painting, puzzles and other games and creating music.

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