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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.

Youth Council Applications

Applications for Youth Council are currently CLOSED (Reopening 4 October 2021).

Upcoming Youth Market

Are you a maker or creator and have things you’d like to sell?  

See the Annual Youth Events menu below to find out about the upcoming Youth Market.

HEY Wellington

The Wellington Shire Council HEY (Healthy Equal Youth) Grant for 2020 is focused on sharing issues and experiences of young LGBTQIA+ people living in Wellington.

The HEY project provides an opportunity for LGBTQIA+ young people to explore, structure and share their stories in a safe and supported environment with mentoring from professional storytellers. Once trained, these new youth storytellers will share their story with peers, friends and family in a safe family and friends evening in February 2021. Please see more about HEY Wellington below.

Applications for the latest round of HEY Wellington are now CLOSED. Please check back later.

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

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Wellington Shire Youth Council

Wellington Shire Youth Council is a diverse group of 18 motivated young people aged between 12 - 25 who live or work in the Wellington Shire.  Youth Council represent and promote the voice of young people across Wellington, and also deliver some great events!  Youth Council aims to provide young people with an avenue to have their say, and work towards creating a community where youth voice is as valued as all others in the community.

At the end of each year Youth Council set their priorities for the year ahead and create an action plan that supports the health and wellbeing priorities within Healthy Wellington (Council’s Municipal Health and Wellbeing Plan) Equality, Climate Action, Mental Health and Active Living.  

Youth Councillors are given many opportunities to improve their leadership skills, work together on great projects which encourage youth participation, and to develop a greater understanding of their community and the role of local government.

Youth Councillors are appointed for a two-year term, after an application and interview process. The new Youth Council then elect a Youth Mayor and Deputy Youth Mayor, a Youth Secretary and a Youth Treasurer, and they meet regularly to explore issues important to young people across Wellington Shire.

Youth Council Key dates

The full year’s calendar is agreed upon at camp over the weekend 10 – 12 December, but the following dates are set:

  • 4 October 2021 - Applications open for 2022 Youth Council
  • 14 November 2021 - Applications close for 2022 Youth Council
  • 16 November 2021 - All applicants contacted
  • 22-24 November 2021 - Youth Council interviews
  • 25 November 2021 - Outcome of interviews shared
  • 1 December 2021 - Meet and Greet / induction session 5–7pm (compulsory)
  • 10-12 December 2021 - Leadership Weekend (5pm Friday – 5pm Sunday) Held jointly with the East Gippsland Youth Ambassadors.
  • 26 January 2022 - Youth Council representation at Australia Day events (optional)
  • 2 February 2022 - Youth Council meeting – Induction and election of leadership group. Formal meetings fortnightly thereafter during school terms.

2022 Youth Council FAQs

What is the role of a Youth Councillor?

Youth Councillors work as a team to:

  • Advocate for the voice of young people to be heard across the community, and within Council
  • Build a strong and inclusive community for young people to live.

Who can be Youth Councillor?

Any young person aged between 12 – 25 who lives or works in the Wellington Shire. If you’re motivated to learn and create greater opportunities for young people across Wellington, Youth Council may be the group for you.

How long do Youth Councillors hold their positions?

Youth Councillors are appointed for a period of 12 months with the option to remain for a further 12 months if their work, study and personal commitments allow. Youth Councillors must retire after two years, however they can re-apply after a 12 month break.

When are meetings held?

Meetings are held fortnightly on Wednesday nights (5-8pm) in the Council Chambers in Sale during the school term.

Youth Councillors are asked to be available on the alternate Wednesday when there are projects that need to be worked on and require more time, however, this is flexible.

Meetings do not generally run during school holidays.

A timetable of key dates for 2022 can be found above.

There will be options to be involved remotely if a Youth Councillor cannot make it into Sale.

Is there a cost involved?

There is no cost for participation in the Wellington Shire Youth Council, however we ask you to try and ensure you have transport to and from the meetings.

If this is a problem don’t let it stop you applying!  Give the Youth Liaison Coordinator a call and talk it out.

Do I have to be working or studying to apply?

No, you do not need to be currently working or studying to apply.

Do I need to have any special skills to apply?

No!  You just need to be committed, want to learn, and be willing to work as a part of a team to advocate for young people in your community.

What is expected of Youth Councillors?

If you are appointed to the Wellington Shire Youth Council, you will be expected to:

  • Attend a meet and greet night on 1 December 2021.
  • Attend the Leadership Weekend on 10 – 12 December 2021.
  • Attend and participate in fortnightly meetings (minimum 80% attendance).
  • Actively represent diverse populations of young people and their views.
  • Contribute your ideas and enthusiasm.
  • Commit to and follow through with any tasks that you volunteer for.
  • Show respect to other Youth Council members and their views.
  • Be willing to work as a part of a team.
  • Represent Youth Council by attending official events when required.

Wellington Shire Council reserves the right to ask participants to leave the program if they do not meet these expectations.

What tasks does the Youth Council undertake?

Youth Council tasks include:

  • Develop and implement an annual Youth Council Action Plan which supports Council’s Healthy Wellington.
  • Consult with local young people and advocate for their needs.
  • Actively working to develop and implement projects.
  • Assist in the evaluation of Youth Council.
  • Actively contribute to Youth Council social presence.
  • Embracing new opportunities to learn.

Will I receive any training to help me in my role?

Yes. Council provides free orientation to all Youth Councillors, as well as opportunities to attend various other training and professional development sessions throughout the year.

Is there a uniform?

Youth Councillors are provided with a shirt, hoodie and ID badge which they are required to wear at all meetings and official events. These will need to be returned at the end of the Youth Council term.

Youth Councillors also receive business cards, a diary and folder.

What are the benefits of being a part of the Youth Council?

There are heaps of benefits! They include:

  • Develop invaluable skills and gaining experiences that will help you be successful now and in your future.
  • Enjoy working towards positive change in your community around issues you are passionate about.
  • Learn more about other people in your community.
  • Learn more about yourself and how you work in a team.
  • Improve the opportunities, services and profile of other young people in the community.
  • Gain an understanding of local government.
  • Open new social opportunities – make some new friends.
  • Have some fun!

Need more information?

Feel free to contact Council’s Youth Liaison Coordinator, Meg Capurso, if you have any more questions.

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

Join a Group

Propellor FReeZA Crew

The Propellor Crew get together fortnightly to learn about the music industry, and plan a number of events each year. Some of the events include:

  • Open Mic Nights
  • Down the Alley (Battle of the Bands)
  • Live stages at Youth Council events

For more information email propellorco@gmail.com or find them on Facebook or Instagram.

Wellington Youth Film Festival Crew

The Wellington Youth Film Festival (WYFF) allow a space for young film makers to collaborate, celebrate and support each other's work. They meet irregularly during the year (as needed), and work towards a showcase event every other year.

WYFF are always on the look out for new crew members, so if you enjoy films, or want to learn more, get in touch with them today via email wellingtonyouthfilms@gmail.com or via Facebook.

AXIOS

AXIOS means ‘worthy’. We want all queer and questioning young people in Wellington Shire to feel worthy and connect with the LGBTQIA+ community in a meaningful and safe way.

AXIOS meets fortnightly on a Tuesday in Sale. Complete the Expression of Interest Form for more information or to join.

Annual Youth Events

Upswing

The Upswing festival is presented by the Wellington Shire Youth Council, and promotes 5 Ways to Wellbeing – connect, be active, keep learning, be aware and help others.  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, a skate comp, and lots of fun to be had!

Upswing this year will be held during Social Inclusion Week, on Friday 26 November 4pm-8pm.

There’s still time to get yourself involved!

The Young Makers Market is an opportunity for Wellington residents aged 12 – 25 to sell their handmade items at Upswing. You can register for a stall here.

Youth Clubs and Organisations can register for a stall to promote opportunities to join them, or use their services. You can register for a stall here.

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 2021 Wellington Youth Art Prize has been replaced by the Young Archie 2021.  Entries have now closed and all entries will either be displayed at the official Young Archie 2021 Exhibition at the Gippsland Art Gallery, or around our town centres as a part of the Young Archie 2021 Street Gallery Exhibition.  

Further information is 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.

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.

BeyondBlue

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

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.

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.

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 collegiate 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 for further information.

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

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.

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

This page was last published on: 
Thursday, September 16, 2021

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