The youth of our region are in good hands, with two new additions to Council’s Youth Support Services team.
Swan Hill locals Hope Patty and Will Burns both joined the team this year and are passionate about supporting, encouraging and giving voices to local young people.
Taking up the position of Youth Support Officer, Will Burns said he wanted to encourage young people to not be afraid to share their ideas with other people,
“Young people are really switched on to the issues of today and have some really incredible aspirations that sometimes go unnoticed or aren’t heard,” Will said.
“Growing up, I was really fortunate to have a lot of support from my family, my school and even previous workplaces – but I know this isn’t the case for all young people.
“So if I can be their support, whether it’s just talking about their day or listening to what they want to achieve, I think that can make a big difference.”
Hope Patty has stepped into the new role of Empower Youth Engagement Worker and will work with young people who have disengaged or are at risk of disengaging from family, education, or their community.
“Having worked in the employment services industry for many years, I’ve seen the long term effects an unsupportive and obstructive environment can place on a young person,” Hope said.
“And I’ve always had a real passion for working with young people and a genuine interest in pathways designed to achieve outcomes for a positive future.
“So I’m really looking forward to working with our local youth, to help them realise their potential, encourage them to embrace their individuality, support them in discovering their ambitions and assist them in achieving their goals.”
Council’s Youth Support Services team is based at the Youth Inc building at 50-52 Campbell Street, Swan Hill. If you’re a young person aged 12 – 25 and need help, support or just someone to talk to, please call in. Youth Inc is open Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 5pm.