DRAFT MINUTES OF THE ASHFIELD YOUTH COMMITTEE OF ASHFIELD COUNCIL, HELD ON LEVEL 6, CIVIC CENTRE, 260 LIVERPOOL ROAD, ASHFIELD ON MONDAY 28 JULY 2014, COMMENCING AT 5:10 PM.
PRESENT Councillor Lofts (Chair), Sophie Hawkshaw, Antoinette El-Alam, Victor Dao, Johnny Egurrola, Vickie Yan Muk, Stephanie Weyland, Richard Gough and Reece York.
Guests: Michael Cummings (New Horizons/headspace)
Greg Angel (Angel Mahchut Architects)
Trung Van Lam (New Horizons)
Staff: Gabrielle Rennard (Group Manager Community Programs & Services)
Camille Cavill (Community Development Worker)
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF LOCAL ABORIGINAL COMMUNITY
"Let us acknowledge that we are meeting on country for which the members and elders of the local Aboriginal community have been custodians for many centuries, and on which Aboriginal people have performed age old ceremonies. We acknowledge their living culture and unique role in the life of this region."
Simone Tai, Kermina Kiriacos, Yatha Jain and Emma Suyasa.
DISCLOSURES OF INTEREST
No disclosures were made.
CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES
Moved and Seconded: Egurrola/Muk
That the minutes of the Ashfield Youth Committee Meeting held on 07 July 2014 be confirmed.
The Motion was Carried
Clr Lofts attended the Community Activities and Functions Committee on 15 July, and put forward the Committee ideas raised at the previous meeting in relation to youth programs and skate park upgrade.
Camille announced that Council is now running two free activities for local 12 -24 year olds each under a new program called Heads Up!. In August, the program will be delivering free Skateboarding, BMX, Scooter and Parkour Clinics at Summer Hill Skate Park as well as a four-week film making workshop in the Civic Centre.
PRESENTATION BY HEADSPACE
Headspace is a national youth mental health foundation which targets young people 12 – 25 years old. It is a service which is delivered by a consortium and New Horizons is the lead agency to establish headspace Ashfield. The philosophy of headspace is that there is no wrong door: young people, their friends, family and carers can approach headspace for information, referral or services relating to young people’s wellbeing. There are four core areas of service: mental health, primary health (eg GPs), drugs and alcohol, vocational and employment services. Accessing the headspace service will be free (under Medicare) or low cost.
New Horizons is working with architects Angel Mahchut to fit-out the Ashfield Youth Centre, so that headspace can operate from the building.
Greg handed out
the draft architectural plans. Feedback from the Committee included:
· Recommend moving the Group Room area to the front of the building, where the Treatment Rooms 1 and 2 are. This would allow more flexibility for potential youth programs / activities to occur outside of the headspace core hours and it would also be more inviting for young people to access the headspace service.
· Furnish the Group Room area with access to equipment such as a pool table, table tennis tables, free Wi-Fi, Foosball table, television.
· Consider making the Counselling Room #1 able to open up onto the Group Rooms/ waiting area.
· Provide free food, where possible, when running groups or activities.
· Open the service late at night, eg Thursday nights.
· Reduce the size of the counselling rooms to add floor space to Group Room/ area.
· Incorporate Council’s logo or Ashfield Youth Committee logo at front desk, where supporters are acknowledged.
· Incorporate the outdoor space into the design and make it more inviting and usable.
· The Committee is supportive of the establishment of headspace in Ashfield
ACTION: Greg to forward architectural survey to Youth Committee via Camille.
ACTION: Youth Committee to complete survey and return to Camille by 4 August.
ACTION: Greg to review existing draft plans based on feedback from the Youth Committee create a design for the front of the building.
Mike advised the Committee that headspace will be looking to create a youth reference group and all members on the Youth Committee are invited to be involved. Information about this opportunity will come out after October. Headspace will also be employing a Community Engagement Officer to work with local young people, schools and service providers / organisations to ensure the needs of young people are being considered and addressed.
Headspace Ashfield will have a soft opening at the end of 2014, and an official opening in January or February 2015.
YOUTH COMMITTEE ACTION PLAN
Camille handed the Committee a draft copy of the annual Action Plan.
ACTION: Camille to update the plan: Event #1 will become Movies, Event #2 will become Youth Week.
9. Next Meeting
The next meeting will be held on Monday 1 September 2014, 5pm-6.30pm on Level 6, Ashfield Civic Centre.
PROCEEDINGS TERMINATED AT 6.25PM
Chairperson of the meeting of Ashfield Youth Committee
when the Minutes were confirmed