New youth drop-in centre for Darwin in Budget 2022, location TBD

by | May 11, 2022 | News | 0 comments

The NT Government has committed $6 million for the establishment of a youth hub and drop centre in Darwin’s Northern Suburbs to keep kids off the streets, but it still appears to be a long way from coming to fruition and the exact location is still in the air.

The youth hub will include providing safe transportation, night patrols, and education programs, the government said.

An initial $400,000 has been allocated in the 2022 Budget, which will be boosted by a further $1.5 million annually starting next year to sustain the centre’s operation.

The youth hub in a yet unnamed Northern Suburb will function as the base for delivering a wide range of activities and wrap-around support services for young people.

“The Territory Labor Government knows how important it is to have safe and engaging places for young people in Darwin’s Northern Suburbs to go,” Minister for Territory Families and Urban Housing, Kate Worden said.

The creation of the hub takes into account where youth attend school, assemble and access public transport. It will also conduct regular community and sector consultations to help identify the essential needs of a youth club.

The hub aims to identify suitable sites with broad community support to launch various youth outreach and engagement programs.

Once the design and delivery requirements are finalised, the $1.5 million ongoing funding will go towards the delivery of the youth hub and outreach service delivery model.

“Further work will be done in consultation with the sector, young people and community to find the right location for a youth hub which will be accessible to as many young people as possible,” Ms Worden said.

At present, the SHAK continues to operate their youth outreach and engagement activities in Casuarina with around 30 young people utilising the service each day. The new youth hub will cater for more than 80 young people and will be complemented by other outreach services, the government said.

According to the government, the youth hub, which will be run by a service provider, will:

  • Keep kids safe, off the streets and with safe transport home and education;
  • Teaching and learning with young people – providing access to mentors and employment opportunities, digital equipment, training and skills for now and the future;
  • Caring for young people to keep them strong – through family support, workforce development and connection to country and culture; and
  • Listening to young people – training and support to develop young people into young leaders.

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