Nillumbik Youth Hub
Young people in Nillumbik will soon have a new space to call their very own with the creation of the Shire’s first Youth Hub.
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Nillumbik Shire Council has received $300,000 under the Victorian Government’s Youth Hubs grant program 2022-23, which will be matched dollar for dollar by Council to support the establishment of the first youth hub for the Shire by mid-2024.
As part of this project, Nillumbik will be redeveloping its community facility located at 32-34 Elizabeth St, Diamond Creek, into a dedicated, stand-alone youth hub to provide centralised support for young people 12-25 years old. The final plans include:
- The provision of modern facilities, featuring an entry, foyer/reception, kitchen upgrade, one large multi-purpose room, two program rooms, office space, two consulting rooms
- IT - equipped rooms to support delivery of hybrid programs and meetings
- Accessible and ambulant toilet facility with shower facilities
- New floor finishes, repainting throughout and upgraded building services
- New outdoor covered area, including improved access, seating and shade
Delivery of the full scope of works by June 2024 will be subject to securing additional funding for the project.
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Why a youth hub?
Council has taken steps to better identify and cater for the increasingly complex needs of youth (12-25 years old) as part of the Nillumbik Youth Strategy 2022-2026.
This has identified an urgent need to improve youth access to youth focused service providers. A youth hub has been identified as a critical step in attracting youth service -providers to Nillumbik to deliver essential services and programs to young people in a welcoming environment.
The youth hub will be co-designed with young people for young people.
What is the purpose of a Youth Hub
The Nillumbik Youth Hub will provide holistic wrap around support to young people by strengthening collaboration between local service organisations and Council to help deliver on key priorities within the Nillumbik Youth Strategy 2022-26 with a focus on prevention and early intervention. The model will focus on a youth-centred approach, involving young people in meaningful decision-making opportunities, to have their voices, lived experience and solutions heard.
For full details of the project, including answers to frequently asked questions, please go to Participate Nillumbik: participate.nillumbik.vic.gov.au/youth-hub
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