Margaret Farrelly (right) from Youth Connections with Ryan Bayley of Headspace, James Dearden of Uniting Care Community, and Charlize Breen, Jacob, Thomas and Emma Lewis and Aaron and Jasmine Robinson.
Margaret Farrelly (right) from Youth Connections with Ryan Bayley of Headspace, James Dearden of Uniting Care Community, and Charlize Breen, Jacob, Thomas and Emma Lewis and Aaron and Jasmine Robinson. Alistair Brightman

Young people can go to Nan’s Room at skate park for help

ESTABLISHED in memory of her late mother, Rock Off owner Mandy Maurer has opened a new place for young people to go at the indoor skate park that is set to become a round robin seat for Fraser Coast youth counsellors.

The space has been dubbed Nan's Room and is filled with hard lollies, old armchairs and sentimental memorabilia.

The final details were finished yesterday and the room will now be offered as a place for Fraser Coast youth workers to book and offer help to young people who otherwise might not access help.

"There's no stigma for the kids to come here," Mrs Maurer said.

Mrs Maurer said there was a lack of knowledge among youth about where they could go for help.

She said young people at the park would now be able to go up to staff members at the centre to find out about services.

"We've then got all the contacts to get them the help they need," she said.

Yesterday also saw Youth Connections, Uniting Care Youth Support, Headspace and Fraser Coast Regional Council reach out to riders at the skate park before school goes back.

Representatives from each group spent two hours meeting with young people at the park.

Youth Connections education facilitator Margaret Farrelly said the groups would come back to the skate park every school holidays to spread awareness of youth services.

They will also all use Nan's Room to meet with young people.



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