A place to go: Youth Services Coordinator Bessie Rigney is asking for donations to help develop the youth centre and make it more inviting.There is now a place to go for the youth of Meningie and surrounding areas.
Nanjing Night Net

Youth Services Coordinator Bessie Rigney with the help of elders and community members,has been working tirelessly to get a new Meningie Community Youth Centre up and running.

“Our purpose is to support young people to make positive choices towards their goals.”

“It includes strengtheningsocial and environmental wellbeing andalso community and cultural connections,” she said.

Although the centre has not had an official opening, children have been coming to the centre since January.

“It started small but is growing, so far on a good week we have seen around 40-50 kids visit per week so around 15 per night.”

“The kids love it, sometime when I do close, they’re wondering where I am.”

She said kids are coming to the centre to do things that they could be doing at home but the choose to come to the centre and mingle with others.

Itis open after school and on alternate weekends, it provides a safe place for youth to go and students often head there after school and use it as a place to wait for football or netball training if they live out of town.

Ms Rigney said she focuses on helping the children with their goal setting, especially short term so she can work with them to achieve them, she is also looking to start a homework group.

She is the only paid worker at the centre and is only part time but she does put in a lot of voluntary hours and receives help from other parents and elders who volunteer their time.

Currently, the centre needs some work, Ms Rigney said they are looking for any donations.

“We need things like board games, gardening tools, sports equipment, educational games, food donations, anything really.”

“We don’t get a lot of money and what we do mostly goes towards the rent.”

Ms Rigney said they have to look into a few tweaks around the place to make it more inviting and exciting.

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