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 new Autumn edition.
Youth Illustrated, Issue No 1 - Spring 2022
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.
The Wellington Shire Council Youth Liaison Coordinator is Meg Capurso who may be contacted via email email@example.com or via telephone on (03) 5142 3044 or 0439 561 757.
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:
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.
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.
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.
Contact Youth Liaison Coordinator, Meg Capurso
E: firstname.lastname@example.org or P: 0439 561 757
AXIOS is a fortnightly support program for young people aged 12 - 17 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 contact Tamika Fairgrieve at email@example.com
We are looking for young people to plan and lead FReeZA events in Wellington Shire. If you're interested in learning more about the music industry or organising live music, cultural, or other events for young people, please send us an FreeZA Expression of Interest Form.
For more information, contact Helen Waddington, Youth Project Officer for FReeZA, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0473 737 274.
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, at the Port of Sale, on Friday 6 October 2023, from 4pm-8pm.
See our Facebook and Instagram for updates.
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 2023 Wellington Youth Art Prize will take the theme ‘Future Memories’.
Entries close 6 August 2023.
Exhibition open Gippsland Art Gallery between 9 September – 15 October 2023.
Further information and terms and conditions are available from the Gippsland Art Gallery website.
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!
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 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 provides 24/7 phone support and online chat support services. You can also email them and get a response within 24 hours.
BeyondBlue provides online chat (from 7pm-midnight, 7 days a week) or phone support (24/7).
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.
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:
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: email@example.com or P: 0439 561 757
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:
Further information on the program may be obtained via the TAC L2P Program page on the VicRoads website.
Young people aged 16 - 20 who:
Referrals may be made by:
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.
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:
For further information please contact the TAC L2P Coordinator Cheryl Siely via email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0419 605 533.
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.
The Future Proof Crew would love to hear from you! Future Proof is a collective impact project led by the Youth Affairs Council Victoria, which brings together eight local councils, two Aboriginal CCOs, two LLENs, and Victoria University. Its purpose is to drive recovery outcomes for young people and communities affected by fires in Eastern Victoria.
Future Proof is primarily working in Coongulla, Gormandale and surrounds, Loch Sport, Port Albert and Seaspray.
If you live outside of these communities but still want to get involved, feel free to get in touch!
Future Proof works to ensure young people are involved in emergency management processes, specifically preparedness and recovery. The project supports youth-led and place-based projects that connect young people with their local communities and their community to young people.
Young people play a critical role in disaster recovery and in securing the future of affected communities. The Future Proof project incorporates the experiences, perspectives, and skills of young people into the rebuilding and preparedness efforts of their communities. It recognizes the importance of place-based activities and youth work principles, ensuring engagement, support, and training that effectively connect young people and deliver youth-led community recovery projects in a flexible way.
Across Wellington Shire, dedicated Council staff will identify opportunities for young people aged 12 to 25 to engage in qualification and employment pathways, along with other education and training opportunities. The Future Proof project aims to support young people interested in upskilling or further education in Emergency Management, Community Services, and the Mental Health sector, as these areas are crucial for community-led recovery and resilience. These opportunities for young people in Wellington Shire will aim to build local resilience for the future.
With ongoing support from the Gippsland East LLEN and additional engagement opportunities from Wellington Shire Council, participants will feel supported throughout the program, gaining formal or informal qualifications to assist in exploring employment pathways.
For any enquiries, email Nicole Danks at email@example.com
This project is a partnership between Wellington Shire Council and the Youth Affairs Council Victoria. This project received grant funding from the Australian Federal Government.