Young people within the Northern Grampians Shire will have access to an exciting development program for the next three years.
Grampians Community Health, Stawell Performing Arts Company Inc and Stawell Neighbourhood House will team up to coordinate the FReeZA program in the region.
FReeZA is a state government funded initiative that works with young people aged 12-25 to provide opportunities to enjoy live band gigs, dance parties and other cultural, recreational and artistic events in drug, alcohol and smoke-free supervised and safe venues.
“Grampians Community Health has a strong focus on supporting young people, Stawell Performing Arts Company has expertise in artistic and music events and the Stawell Neighbourhood House provides training and activities in a welcoming space. The intention is to marry these together to grow the capacity of young people to deliver the activities” Grampians Community Health chief executive Greg Little said,.
“The three organisations already have very strong youth involvement and connections which we will be able to draw from as well."
A group of young people with an interest in leading the FReeZA program will be recruited and provided with training to identify and deliver events.
“Our role is not going to be to tell young people what they want, in many ways it will be a mentoring role to help them problem solve and learn," Stawell Neighbourhood House manager Lisa Arnfield said.
Stawell Performing Arts Company Inc President Dianne Stewart said that she was looking forward to adding FReeZA events to the growing calendar of performances and activities in the Northern Grampians.
“We already have a number of young people keen to be involved in the FReeZA program, either through the committee or by offering their experience as mentors," she said.
"We hope that as more young people come on board that we can set up a really good foundation for the growth of the local FreeZa program."
Young People wanting to be part of leading Northern Grampians FReeZA can email GCH@GrampiansCommunityHealth.org.au