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Community organisations encouraged to be a part of the Mornington Youth Hub

Local youth on the northern Mornington Peninsula are set to benefit from the establishment of a new one-stop-shop youth hub, with planning work now well advanced and more service providers needed to deliver vital services.Local Federal MP Bruce Billson said the Federal Government committed $800,000 to restore the former Mornington High site and deliver improved service as part of a $1.2 million upgrade.

The new Mornington Youth Hub will bring together a range of youth services under one roof, catering to the needs of the growing youth population in Mt Eliza, Mornington and Mt Martha.

Planning is underway and I invite service providers to show their support and express their interest in offering services at the hub.

The hub will provide a safe space where young people can seek advice and support from a range of youth organisations including the Council’s youth service and Headspace.

It will offer drop-in services, fun and engaging programs, youth-orientated activities and school holiday programs to help young people make new friends, build confidence and feel included in their community.

Local young citizen of the year, Sam Hearn, an impressive young man who has dedicated his life to supporting disadvantaged young people, emphasised the need for the hub to be a welcoming place where young people can access the encouragement and pastoral care of skilled and experience people who care for their development.

“We need our communities to be neighbourhoods of hope that value, nurture, protect and empower our young people,” Mr Hearn said.

“If the proposed hub can be used as both a resource and catalyst to enable more young people to experience positive and meaningful relationships then it will be of great benefit to families and young people across our community.”

The more help and support we can provide to the local youth, the better chance they have at growing and reaching their goals.

The Mornington Youth Hub will be modelled on those in Hastings and Rosebud.