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Youth services a hit in the WA Goldfields

Youth services a hit in the WA Goldfields

Youth services a hit in the WA Goldfields

16 June 2022

From left: Olive Mereyato (Service Manager), Tamati Te Hau (Night Support Worker), Tipene Kaa (Youth Worker), from Kalgoorlie-Boulder Youth Crisis Accommodation.

By Cliff Worthing

Salvation Army youth services in the Goldfields region of Western Australia were recognised in the annual HIT FM Youth Awards this month.

Kalgoorlie-Boulder Youth Crisis Accommodation and The Shed Youth Space were joint winners of Youth Organisation of the Year, and The Shed coordinator Cameron Mallory took out the award in the Youth Worker or Volunteer of the Year category.

Cameron Mallory, Youth Worker of the Year, with his daughter, Belle. 

“This is great news and recognition to both services in how they represent The Salvation Army, work collaboratively and support young people in regional WA,” said Yvonne Hunt, State Manager – Youth Services Western Australia. 

Kalgoorlie-Boulder Youth Crisis Accommodation provides six crisis beds for young people experiencing homelessness, helps them with living skills so they can live independently, refers out to specialist youth services and, most importantly, creates a positive, supportive environment.

“It’s nice to be recognised,” said Olive Mereyato, the crisis accommodation service manager.

The Shed is a drop-in centre run by Kalgoorlie-Boulder Corps for young people to meet, enjoy activities and have a place to belong. “Inclusivity and safety are our focus,” Cameron said.

The Shed accepts volunteer mentors from all walks of life and many different churches, reflecting the blend of young people attending. Saturday night attendance has grown from about 10 to 30-40 young people since it started in October 2020.

 

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