- Council recently sponsored the Grounded Permaculture project run by The Big Fix. The project saw 19 young people develop skills in permaculture and social enterprise.
- Council and our community partners in the Local Drug Action Team have recently received $20,000 for a Peer Support Project for young people to avoid drug and alcohol abuse. This project will be rolled out over the period, until June 2019.
- Council, in partnership with the Department of Education and our local schools, are currently delivering "Mental Toughness Training" for teachers, principals and other staff to support the development of resilience in young people in our high schools.
- Council and the Stronger Families Alliance are currently conducting consultations (using the "Harwood Model") with young people on the issues of safety, wellbeing and resilience to inform our collective work public space design and services.
Consultations - feedback from young people
Here are some of the things that young people are saying are important to them:
- Opportunities for education and learning.
- More employment opportunities in the Mountains.
- Affordable housing and homelessness.
- Quality of the environment and its value for maintaining mental and physical health.
- Safety on our streets, townships and transport.
- More events and cultural activities for young people.
How Council supports young people
We endeavour to stay informed by continually consulting with young people through the Youth Council and giving them opportunities to voice their opinions on the future of the Blue Mountains. We also work with community partners to ensure appropriate youth support services are available for young people to thrive. We also support young people by:
- Providing facilities and amenities for youth services to operate and young people to meet.
- Maintaining and upgrading playgrounds, play equipment and sports fields.
- Supporting a range of youth participation projects, working with other Council staff to provide assets such as accessible sports facilities, and partnering in events like Youth Week and the Katoomba Live and Local micro-music festival.
- Coordinating and working with community groups and services so that young people have opportunities to connect. These including the Stronger Families Alliance, Mountains Youth Services Team, Platform Youth Services, NSW Health, NSW Department of Education, NSW Police, Blue Mountains Community Drug Action Team and the Linker Network.
- Supporting the Blue Mountains Youth Council with their activities and community project.
Our Community Development team includes two specialist Community Development Officer's for Young People. They are supported by a Social Researcher, a Program Leader and other team-members, all working together with staff across Council, community services and organisations.