New chill zone launched for young people

Max Hatzoglou

Located in the Visy Carers Hub, the Youth Junction hosted four events in Sunshine to launch the new chill zone where young people can gather with friends in a comfortable space.

A brightly colored glow in the dark pavement, cheerful green benches and flower boxes in the chill zone aim to provide a unique and inviting space for service users and employees connected to the Visy Cares Hub.

The hub offers a range of youth-focused services including Headspace, Orygen, YSAS, WestJustice, Youth Now, Charis Mentoring, Brimbank Learning Futures, the Youth Junction and AAFRO Ltd.

The events funded by the Justice and Community Safety Department to launch the chill zone include an Open Mic Arvo, Hip Hop Arvo, Chalk About It and a Hoop Comp.

Youth Junction chief executive Jo Malcolm-Black said it was an important project for youth.

“We finally feel like Sunshine is back, so we’re very grateful for the commitment of the Brimbank Council to recognize the importance of having an area for young people to gather,” said Ms Malcolm- black.

“The Friday evening events have been successful in attracting young people and the general public to celebrate and raise awareness about the new zone.

“The Zone is a continuous space for young people, and we hope that despite the cooler weather, it will be put to good use by our wider community, whether providing a place for friends to meet, or an opportunity to take advantage of the wider youth facilities of the Visy Cares hub.

Brimbank Mayor Jasmine Nguyen said the council was grateful for the support and funding from the Justice and Community Security Department to provide a space for young people to feel connected and valued.

“Being able to attend the first activity, I really appreciate how welcoming the area is now.

“It was great to join in and enjoy the last of the autumn sun on a great day.”

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