Bunbury Youth Week goes on line to connect

Ailish DelaneySouth Western Times
Youth Advisory Council committee member Rylee Hewitt.
Camera IconYouth Advisory Council committee member Rylee Hewitt. Credit: Ailish Delaney/South Western Times

Although the City of Bunbury’s annual Shift Youth Festival events were cancelled, celebrations were still held on a virtual level.

Bunbury Youth Mayor Dylan Fryer said Youth Week was about celebrating and embracing young people.

“Just because we can’t do that in a physical sense, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do it at all,” Mr Fryer said.

“Young people play a vital role in our community and are doing some incredible things which should be celebrated.

Young people also need support, now more than ever, so it’s important to provide an opportunity for connection and a sense of belonging.

Dylan Fryer

Taking celebrations online, the Bunbury Youth Advisory Council posted about daily topics relevant to young people including activities ideas and advice.

Youth Week celebrated youth and the community, family, health and wellbeing, education and employment, and climate change.

“The daily topics were inspired by the issues in today’s society that young people have identified as being the most important,” Mr Fryer said.

Today’s theme is technology and innovation and tomorrow, which marks the close of Youth Week, will celebrate opportunities for young people.

For young people in the community aged 12 to 25 who may be feeling overwhelmed in the current situation, Mr Fryer recommended they reach out to headspace on 6164 0680.

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