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Applications for Youth Council 2023 are currently OPEN. To get more information, please see the Wellington Shire Youth Council menu below.

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Youth Illustrated is a Wellington Youth Council-led zine for young people who are connected to the Wellington Shire. Click on the button below to check out the first edition.

Wellington Shire Council supports a number of programs and activities each year that give young people a chance to grow their skills and learn new ones, to lead and have a voice on important issues, and to meet new people.

Take a look below for more information about the different things on offer.  You can keep updated by following the Wellington Shire Youth Council facebook and Instagram pages.

Contact Information

The Wellington Shire Council Youth Liaison Coordinator is Meg Capurso who may be contacted via email megc@wellington.vic.gov.au or via telephone on (03) 5142 3044 or 0439 561 757.

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Wellington Shire Youth Council

Application for Youth Council 2023 are currently OPEN and close 11.59pm on 30 October 2022.

What is the Wellington Shire Youth Council (WSYC)?

Wellington Shire Youth Council is a diverse committee of young people who represent the voice of youth who live, work and/or study in Wellington.

WSYC develop and deliver projects and campaigns, and advocate for young people in Wellington.  They also function as an advisory group for Council by:

  • Providing a means for youth to engage with different people, gather feedback, and suggest innovations to the Wellington Shire Council, other levels of government and the community
  • Identifying key issues relating to young people in Wellington and actively participating in the development of strategies to address these
  • Raising the profile of young people in Wellington and shining a light on their valuable contribution to our communities
  • Maintaining inclusive and representative membership of the Youth Council, which encourages and supports the participation of young people with a broad range of life experiences and further aspirations
  • Providing the opportunity for young people to experience civic decision-making processes and supporting their own active participation in these processes.

What are the benefits of being involved?

Youth Council participants will develop skills in areas such as advocacy, project management, cultural competency, media and communications, and have other unique opportunities to develop their leadership skills.

  • Play a role in improving life for young people in the Wellington Shire
  • The chance to work with key decision-makers in the community
  • The opportunity to develop and deliver projects decided by WSYC
  • Engaging with and networking with other like-minded young people
  • Having fun and enjoying the challenge!
  • AND this year there is the additional opportunity to be a part of the Gippsland Youth Project Youth Programs Committee, and be paid for your time.

The Gippsland Youth Project (GYP)

The Gippsland Youth Project (GYP) is an externally funded and facilitated project that supports a mobile youth space (a bus) travelling throughout Wellington to support activities which build community resilience and connectedness.  This is a super exciting project for Wellington!  

Exactly what activities the GYP team do is guided by the Youth Programs Committee – Wellington Shire Youth Councillors.

These meetings will be held monthly on a Wednesday night, replacing the Youth Council meeting.  Your participation on this Committee is paid.

Who can join Wellington Shire Youth Council?

If you live anywhere in Wellington Shire, are between 12 - 24 years old, and are passionate about improving the quality of life for young people in our communities, then we would welcome an application from you.

All applications are welcome, and as part of our commitment to building a diverse, multicultural and inclusive group of local youth, we actively encourage applications from young people who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, as well as those living with a disability; are culturally, religiously and linguistically diverse; who identify with the LGBTIQ community; who are part time or full time secondary or tertiary students; employed or unemployed; parents and people with a broad range of interests.

Successful applicants are appointed for a two-year term. Youth Mayor and other leadership roles are elected following the induction process.

How to apply

Need more information?

Contact Youth Liaison Coordinator, Meg Capurso

E: megc@wellington.vic.gov.au or P: 0439 561 757

AXIOS – LGBTQIA+ Social Support Group

AXIOS means ‘worthy’.

AXIOS is a fortnightly support program for young people aged 12 - 18 who live, work, study or hang out in Wellington.

In a safe environment, young people who identify as LGBTQIA+, or who are questioning their identity, will be able to explore their relationships with themselves, others and their community.

AXIOS meets fortnightly on a Wednesday in Sale. Complete the Expression of Interest Form to join.

For more information on AXIOS please contact Sarah Cook via email sarahcoo@wellington.vic.gov.au

Propellor FReeZA Crew

Wellington Shire’s FReeZA crew, Propellor is currently taking a break. If you’re interested in learning more about the music industry and producing live music events, get in touch with us.

Contact Youth Liaison Coordinator, Meg Capurso

E: megc@wellington.vic.gov.au or P: 0439 561 757

Annual Youth Events

Upswing

Upswing Festival is presented by the Wellington Shire Youth Council annually. It aims to promote the Wellington Ways to Wellbeing – Connect, Be Active, Keep Learning, Be Aware and Help Others – five simple strategies which support mental wellbeing. At Upswing you’ll have the opportunity to learn how you can get connected with your community and look after your wellbeing. There will be something for everyone - live music, food trucks, market stalls, and lots of fun to be had!

Upswing’s Young Makers Market is an opportunity for Wellington residents aged 12 – 25 to sell their handmade items at Upswing. Stall registrations open soon.

Youth Clubs and Organisations are invited to Upswing 2022 to hold an interactive stall which connects with the Wellington Ways to Wellbeing and promotes opportunities for young people to connect with their service. Stall registrations open soon.

Upswing this year will be held during Mental Health Week, on Friday 7 October 2022 4pm-7pm. See our Facebook and Instagram for updates.

Wellington Youth Art Prize

The Wellington Youth Art Prize is open to all young artists aged 12-25 who live, study or work in, or have studied in Wellington Shire in the past four years.

An initiative of the Wellington Shire Youth Council, this prize is run in partnership with the Gippsland Art Gallery.

The 2022 Wellington Youth Art Prize will take the theme ‘What Happens Through The Night’.

Entries open 6 June – 14 August 2022

Exhibition open Gippsland Art Gallery between 27 August – 13 November 2022.

Further information and terms and conditions are available from the Gippsland Art Gallery website.

Help and Support Services

Ask Izzy

Ask Izzy will help you find local support for what you need. Whether its Wi-Fi charging, housing, food, health, drugs and alcohol, finding work, money or lots of other things, Izzy could help you out!

Gippsland Youth Service Directory

The Gippsland Youth Service Directory has been developed specifically for Gippsland. The directory can help you find out where to get help for health, sexual identity, jobs and courses, money, family violence and more.

Lifeline

Lifeline provides 24/7 phone support services and online chat support from 7pm to midnight (Sydney time). Call 13 11 14 or follow the link for online services.

Kids Helpline

Kids Helpline provides 24/7 phone support and online chat support services. You can also email them and get a response within 24 hours.

BeyondBlue

BeyondBlue provides online chat (from 7pm-midnight, 7 days a week) or phone support (24/7).

Headspace

Headspace provides online chat support from 9am to 1am (Melbourne time), if you can't or don't want to make a phone call. There is also a Group Chat option to speak with people who are going through the same thing as you.

Wellington Youth Services Network

The Wellington Youth Services Network (WYSN) is a network of youth service providers, local government, government agencies, educational institutions, not for profits and individuals - anyone interested in youth affairs within the Wellington Shire is welcome to join.  

The purpose of WYSN is to:

  • Strengthen the sectors capacity to respond to issues impacting young people in Wellington
  • Promote information sharing amongst services
  • Advocate for the provision of services and resources necessary for young people to reach their full potential
  • Encourage and support funding and partnership opportunities
  • Provide collegial support
  • Provide access to professional development opportunities
  • Promote young people's contributions to the community

Each meeting has a focus and there is an opportunity for networking following the meetings.

Contact the Wellington Shire Council Youth Liaison Coordinator, Meg Capurso for further information.

E: megc@wellington.vic.gov.au or P: 0439 561 757

TAC L2P Learner Driver Mentor Program

The TAC L2P Learner Driver Mentoring Program is designed to get you into the drivers' seat of your independence: literally!

You will be matched with a volunteer mentor driver and sponsored vehicle to get those 120 hours up and ensure your experience with L2P is second to none. You decide the time, you decide the regularity and you decide how far you're willing to go to get your P's.

The program will:

  • Provide you with 7 driving lessons with a Drive School
  • Match you up with a Mentor
  • Provide use of the L2P Program Car
  • Assist you with Driver Safety education and knowledge

Further information on the program may be obtained via the TAC L2P Program page on the VicRoads website.

Who should apply?

Young people aged 16 - 20 who:

  • Hold a current Learners Permit
  • Have no access to a suitable vehicle, a supervising driver, or both
  • Have a connection with the Wellington or East Gippsland Shire

How does it work?

  • The goal is for a young person to gain extensive on-road experience to build their skills and confidence.
  • Young people are matched with trained volunteer mentors who support them to gain 120 hours of supervised driving.
  • The volunteer mentors are given intensive training by VicRoads and undergo mandatory checks and training with Mission Australia staff to provide a quality program for young people.
  • Eligible young people are offered a minimum of one hour of supervised driving each week.

Referrals

Referrals may be made by:

  • Community agencies
  • Schools
  • Case managers
  • Eligible young drivers

Once the learner driver application form below is completed and received, the L2P Program Facilitator will contact the young person to schedule an interview time.

To refer a young person, please complete the Community L2P Referral Form via the TAC L2P Program page on the VicRoads website.

Become a Volunteer Mentor

Mentoring is a rewarding experience, and a fantastic way of connecting with others and making a difference in a young person's life. Volunteers are required to:

  • Hold a current full Victorian Drivers Licence and good driving record
  • Be interested in helping young people from diverse backgrounds
  • Be over 21 years of age
  • A Police Check, Licence Check and Working with Children Check are required for all Volunteers prior to acceptance into the program - costs are met by the program
  • Complete the VicRoads Volunteer Supervising Driver Training
  • Commit a minimum of 1-2 hours per week for 12 months

For further information please contact the TAC L2P Coordinator Cheryl Siely via email sielyc@missionaustralia.com.au or telephone 0419 605 533.

HEY Wellington

Welcome to the Wellington Shire Council HEY (Healthy Equal Youth) Grant, focusing on sharing the issues and experiences of young LGBTQIA+ people who live in Wellington.

We've produced a series of inspirational HEY Wellington videos that will help you understand what the HEY Grant is all about. Visit our YouTube channel to watch the series of 7 videos, from 4 different activists who will inspire you to step up to the HEY Wellington challenge and tell your own story.

In 2020, presenters included four notable people: writer Nevo Zisin, educator Daniel Witthaus, transgender actress Georgie Stone and her mother, Rebekah Robertson, chosen to share their stories of experiences and issues faced as a part of the LGBTQIA+ community.

Watch short videos on each of their stories and quick-cut Q&As below or on YouTube here.

A number of young people who registered for the HEY Wellington project are now completing a series of workshops facilitated by ABC Gippsland producer and presenter Amber Irving-Guthrie, giving each a better opportunity to develop and tell their personal stories.  

The HEY Grant is funded and supported by the Victorian Government.

Storytelling Videos

Watch Georgie Stone's storytelling video

Watch Rebekah Robertson's storytelling video

Watch Nevo Zisin's storytelling video

Watch Daniel Witthaus' storytelling video

Q&A Videos

Watch Georgie Stone and her Mum, Rebekah Robertson's Q&A session

Watch Nevo Zisin's Q&A session

Watch Daniel Witthaus' Q&A session

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