Five years of youth support for Queanbeyan community
Image: Youth Reference Group member, headspace Queanbeyan mascot Hugo, and Nat Oliver, headspace Queanbeyan Community Engagement Coordinator.
- 697 young people supported last FY, through 2,400 occasions of service
- Adaptable services for local youth
- Place of refuge during extraordinary circumstances
It’s been five years since headspace Queanbeyan opened, and in that time the centre has achieved incredible things for the community, and provided a place of refuge for young people dealing with challenging times.
Since doors opened, Nat Oliver, headspace Queanbeyan Community Engagement Coordinator, says the team have worked hard to create a fit-for-purpose centre, offering wrap-around supports ranging from mental health, general health, vocational and educational services, drug and alcohol and social groups.
“The centre has grown and adapted to the changing needs of the community. Most recently we shifted our services to a virtual platform during the COVID-19 shutdown and have stepped up our intake and fast-tracked support to meet the level of care young people need after the trauma of the bushfire crisis,” Ms Oliver said.
Listening to the needs of local young people is made possible by the dedicated Youth Reference Groups that have worked with the centre since it’s inception. This volunteer group consists young people who advocate for local youth concerns and support the centre at events and presentations.
“We pride ourselves on offering tailored support, through consultations with young people. We regularly host groups such as Tuning into Teens, Parent’s Group, Youth Reference Group, LGBTIQA+ social group Spectrum and others depending on need,” Ms Oliver said.
James* a local young person who accesses the centre’s services, says the changes they see in themselves are also noticed by the people around them – thanks to the team at headspace Queanbeyan.
“Since coming to headspace, not only has my state of mind improved beyond expectation but I can honestly say headspace has made almost every aspect of my life so much better.
The team at headspace have exceeded all expectations and have made this whole process not only so much easier but also enjoyable and comfortable. There isn't a person I wouldn't recommend their services too,” James said.
The team invite the community to celebrate with a picnic and activities like Aboriginal weaving, in the Queanbeyan Park, Lowe Street from 1:30-4:30pm, Wednesday 7 October.
headspace Queanbeyan operates through lead agency Marathon Health, and is supported by funding from COORDINARE – provider of the South Eastern PHN as part of the Australian Government’s PHN program.
*Name has been changed to protect identity