Now more than ever, the Children and Youth Support Team continues to play an important role in our community, providing support to young people in Boroondara, and their parents, caregivers and guardians.
The team runs the Boroondara Youth Hub — an inclusive, welcoming space which, for the time being, is offering virtual (rather than face-to-face) drop-in sessions, one-on-one support meetings and a range of events and activities.
Al Fitzgerald, 19, is a familiar face at the Boroondara Youth Hub, regularly visiting the space over the past two years.
“It’s very accessible being so close to Swinburne Uni and Swinburne Senior Secondary College. When I was in high school, I would go there to do my homework, and play pool with my mates or do some drawing,” Al said.
“It’s also a great place to relax if you need a bit of a break. The overall vibe of the place is very welcoming.”
While the Hub is temporarily shut due to COVID-19 Stage 4 ‘Stay at Home’ restrictions, the virtual doors remain wide open, with the team offering online activities and support.
“When you can’t see your friends, it can really impact your mental health, especially if you’re feeling socially isolated it’s so good to have someone to have a chat with or play games,” Al said.
Join the virtual ‘four o’clock catch up’ on Tuesday via the website or Boroondara Youth Facebook page. The Children and Youth Support Team provides one-on-one support on the phone or online.