26 Dec. 2012

The Holidays

The Youth Space will shut down for a few days over the Christmas and New Years period to conduct maintenance on our building and for our staff to get in some training so we’re all ready to hit the ground running in 2013.

So when and what times?  Here’s the info you need to know:

21st December 2012
– The Youth Space closes for Christmas at 5pm.

26th of December 2012
– The Youth Space reopens from 10am to 2pm to check on messages and to see how all of you guys are going after Christmas!

27th of December 2012
– The Youth Space opens again from 10am to 2pm.

27th of December 2012
– The Youth Space closes for the rest of the year from 2pm.

7th of January 2013
– The Youth Space reopens for the year!

As mentioned above, from the 27th until we reopen for 2013 we’ll be undertaking training and doing general maintenance stuff on our building so everything is set for a smooth jump into 2013.

So what else happens while we’re closed?

Well, for those of you who have asked for extra support over the holidays, and for those of you who we have identified might need a little extra contact with a Youth Worker or two – you have our on-call contact numbers, so don’t hesitate to get in touch if you need some help.

For general support, there are a few crisis organisations open over the Christmas and New Years break, and a few wonderful government services too.  See below:

The Homeless Persons Info Line:  1800 474 753;
Chameleon Housing:  3284 4805;
Kids Help Line:  1800 55 1800;
Lifeline:  13 11 14;
The Redcliffe Uniting Church:  3283 4066;
Helpforce Ministries:  3283 5022;
The Department of Child Safety:  1800 177 135.

To everyone who has supported us this year – THANK YOU.

We have had such an outpouring of support and love from our community this year that it has stunned and humbled us.  We have had the most donations and offers of assistance we have ever had, and for that we are grateful – because this year we’ve also seen more need and tragedy in the lives of young people than ever before.

Everyone is doing it tough right now, and we are very aware of that, so to those of you who have donated to us and so freely given of your hard earned money, your community spirit is so deeply appreciated.  Every year we support young people and their families through multiple complex issues including sexual assault, mental health issues, drug and alcohol use, family breakdown, unemployment, education, domestic violence, engagement with the justice system and so much more.  There is literally more work to be done than we have staff to do it, but somehow we make it through and somehow we make the money stretch.  Knowing that we have our community behind us means the world to us, and we know it touches the hearts of our young people also.

Thank you so much.

We hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a very safe New Years.

See you in 2013!

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