Hope Youth Centre is a free youth drop-in centre opening on school afternoons
With the recent closure of our community youth centre at a time when youth suicide and self harm are common, we are excited to be opening Hope Youth Centre; a free youth drop in centre opening on school afternoons, providing a safe place for young people to hang out.
Youth suicide and drug abuse are common:
Suicide is the leading cause of death for youth aged 12-18 25% of 18-19 year olds have used illicit drugs in the past 12 months.
Research shows that family and community support (connectedness) positively impacts youth mental health and is protective against suicide, drug abuse and self-harm.
Hope Youth Centre will have basketball, a skate-ramp, snooker, air-hockey, a coffee machine, music equipment and other activities and will be supervised by trained youth workers. We plan to expand into providing job skills and barista training.