Forum aims to help young people

Our Kids Need You chairman Cr Chris Smith

A COMMUNITY forum aims to improve the lives of young people in Colac and district.

Colac group Our Kids Need You will host its second forum on Wednesday to hear ideas from the community.

The group includes representatives from 12 organisations including Colac police, Colac Area Health, South West Local Learning and Employment Network and Colac Otway Shire Council.

Our Kids Need You chairman Chris Smith said he hoped to see people from across the district at the forum.

“We’re hoping to see as much community representation as possible so we can build from the work that’s already happening from the previous forum we had,” Mr Smith said.

“The community forums will help the steering committee determine those issues that are most important, and then sub-committees will form to act on those key issues,” he said.

“One sub-committee we’ve already got up and running is based on primary school engagement, looking at potential programs and ideas based around the primary schools, and we’ve also got one on employer engagement, which aims to assist young people with barriers to employment.

“There’s also a focus on stream-lining a youth services guide, which will be able to point people to the relevant agency or program.”

Senior Constable Terry Woodcroft of Colac Police said he was keen to see people “thinking outside the square” at the forum.

“This is such a great opportunity for people to come together and actually find solutions to issues facing young people,” Sen Const Woodcroft said.

“So if you’ve got an issue you’d like to raise, positive or negative, or you have a possible solution to a problem, that’s what we’re looking for so come along,” he said.

The meeting is at Colac Fire Station, Rae Street, from 1pm.

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