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Reaching youth in the City of Wanneroo

Published Thursday, 3rd September 2015

The City of Wanneroo has partnered with national mental health foundation headspace to provide invaluable services to youth from the Hainsworth Community Centre in Girrawheen.

Youth in Wanneroo

Mayor Tracey Roberts said the experience and reputation of the foundation combined with the local knowledge of the City’s youth services team made for a good partnership.

“This unique ‘in-reach’ service provided by headspace Osborne Park is a great opportunity to provide information and support related to mental health, physical health, alcohol and other drugs, and education and employment support,” Mayor Roberts said.

“We welcome the mental health knowledge and services that headspace can provide for our community.”

The City runs extensive youth engagement programs throughout the year from six youth and community centres across the City, as well as additional programs during the school holidays.

Headspace operations manager David Wray said staff from the Osborne Park centre recognised a need to expand headspace services in Girrawheen to improve access to young people and their families from the area.

“The City’s youth service team run programs from Hainsworth Community Centre every weekday so it was the perfect opportunity to better connect with youth at the heart of the community,” he said.

“Our headspace case coordinator Fraser Brownlie will be based in Girrawheen once a week and hopes to build relationships with young people using the centre’s facilities.”

Mr Brownlie will be located in the Hainsworth Community Centre every second Thursday from 9am to 5pm and on alternate Thursdays from 12pm to 5pm.

Headspace Osborne Park and the City’s youth services team will host a basketball clinic and 3-on-3 basketball competitions on Friday 16 October as part of Mental Health Week activities.

Young people aged 12 to 25 years who want to know more can call headspace Osborne Park on 9208 9555 for more information or to make an appointment.

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