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Facilities Closed

Knox City Council has closed many of its public facilities to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) within the community. This includes the Civic Centre Customer Service Counter. More information

What's On for Young People in Knox

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eheadspace Chats

Chats offer a safe, supportive, and moderated online community for young people, family and friends to share tips and experiences, and explore topics that are trending.

Chats are always moderated, whether by eheadspace clinicians or trained peers.

To access and register for a chat, please register eheadspace chats

September weekly chats:
eheadsapce runs weekly peer support chats, these include:
Monday 6 - 10pm - Navigating relationships
Tuesday 6 - 10pm - Qheadspace
Wednesday 6 - 10pm - General coping
Every 2nd Thursday 6 - 10pm - Yarnspace
Alternate Thursday 6 - 10pm - Supporting others

Each month eheadsapce runs topic chats which explore topics important to young people and the community.
September topic chats include:
Sunday 20 September, 7-8pm - Finding motivation (young people) .
Tuesday 29 September, 7-8pm - How to have difficult conversations (young people) .

For more information, or other activities for young people at headspace Knox contact Caity, Community Engagement Coordinator Caity.Cox@headspaceknox.com.au

headspace Knox - September School Holiday Program

Something new for headspace Knox!

Are you aged 12-25, and looking for something to do online via Zoom, these school holidays?

For all the activities, dates and times over the 2 weeks check out the school holiday activities

Mindful lunches, movies, iso-lates, gamespace and more!

To register, or for more information, email Caity, Community Engagement Coordinator Caity.Cox@headspaceknox.com.au or give her a call 9801 6088

'What next’ for Year 12 students with an NDIS Plan.

National Disability Support Partners Plan Managers, Jobfind and Mable are NDIS providers working in the disability sector across a range of services, are pleased to present NDIS for School Leavers - 'The Need to Know' sessions.

We often work with secondary school leavers who use NDIS funding to engage in work and volunteering
opportunities, and our conversations with those students and their families have prompted us to create an information session with a view to addressing FAQ’s.

As there are specific NDIS initiatives tailored to Year 12 students, we think this would be the best time to answer questions that families often sit with as they plan the “what next” brought on by Year 12 (We all have very vivid memories of this from the end of high school)!

In response to the pandemic, an online format has been planned to be accessible to reach out to parents. Currently, we are planning to host three sessions in the second semester, 2020 of Year 12.

Tuesday 29 September - 1 - 2pm, Tuesday 27 October- 10 - 11am and Thursday 29th Oct - 1 - 2pm

To register for a session, or for further information/contact details visit
NDIS School Leavers - 'The Need to Know'


The Push Inc - Youth Music Organisation

Guitar

Raise your voice! Share your experience and be heard!

If you're aged 15 - 25 and involved in the Australian music industry, we want to hear from you!
The Push Inc. are looking for spokespeople to represent the community by sharing their experience about how the pandemic is effecting young people's participation and involvement in the Australian music industry.

For more information and to complete a survey visit The Push Inc.

Different Journeys

Is a local organisation that creates ways for the autism community to connect, empower and support each other and exchange isolation, prejudice and ignorance with connections, hope and community. They support Celebrations. They provide Connections. They create Communities.

If you would like further information, or see what events, programs they are running (currently all online), or you want to become involved visit Different Journeys

Outer East Primary Care Partnership

They have some great tips and ideas on staying connected, keeping healthy, staying active and lots more.
Visit OEPCP - At Home Tips and Ideas

Outer East Primary Care Partnership offer many valuable resources to you and your family, visit their website OEPCP to navigate and find out what they have to offer.

During these difficult times, one valuable tool maybe their Outer East phone chat run by the Outer East Community Houses. It is a free service to help people stay connected.
Contact via tel; 1800 984 825 - Mon to Fri (10am - 1pm) and Mon to Thurs (5pm - 7.30pm)

YMCA Victoria launches Virtual Y

YMCA logo

Virtual Y has been launched in partnership with the Victorian Government to support young people and the community.

With Virtual Y, the YMCA wants to ensure young people can continue to learn and grow, stay physically active, increase their wellbeing and stay engaged with one another. Although we are launching the first phase of Virtual Y with programming specifically designed with young people in mind other members of the community will find beneficial modules suited to them.

On Virtual Y, you'll be able to access exclusive fitness, nutrition, wellbeing, family and youth content. From keeping fit through workouts and training at home; learning all about nutrition with our delicious recipes and Healthy Living Magazine; looking after your wellbeing with mindfulness practices; learning with your family with home activities; to engaging with the youth community through our Youth Hub.

For more information, or to get connected virtually, visit our website:
Virtual Y

Body Project Australia with EACH

Body Project Australia (BPA) is a four-session program aimed at improving body satisfaction and decreasing the risk of eating disorders. Discussing these concerns can be difficult and the program offers a safe space
for you to join like- minded peers to learn about improving your own body satisfaction.

If you are a young woman aged between 14-18 years old and tend to struggle with your body image, this may be the program for you.

  • Date School Holidays: 23, 25, 30 September & 2 October
  • Time 2pm - 4pm
  • Address Online via Zoom
  • Cost Free
  • Enquiries Call Elisa at EACH on 0407 801 199
  • Facebook facebook.com/groups/eachyouthvic/

EACH, Youth and Family Counselling team facilitators of the Body Project Australia will be offering this program.

The Satellite Foundation - Satellite Connect Program

The Satellite Foundation are offering a free program 'Satellite Connect' - Find a place and a space to be heard, to learn and to share your stories.
This is a primarily online, free program for young people 17-23yrs (approx.) who have a parent/carer with a mental illness.

Satellite Connect provides opportunities for young people to be heard and the power of their experiences to be shared through a supported and positive platform.

The Next Program is open for registration.

Dates for Program 2

  • Date Mondays: 21 & 28 September and 5, 12, 19 & 26 October 2020
  • Time 6:30pm - 8:30pm
More Information

Stringybark Festival 2020 - Coming Live To Your Backyard!

Knox Stringybark Festival

Sunday 18 October, 9am – 9pm

Virtual Event that is being streamed live from facebook.com/KnoxArtsandEvents

Stringybark Festival 2020 will be coming to you live in your backyard, celebrating home grown creativity, sustainability stories, backyard projects and the local Knox community.

The Festival will take a slightly different spin this year in line with Covid-19 restrictions, offering patrons a unique mix of virtual programs including workshops, presentations and performances.

Visit the Knox Arts and Events Facebook page or visit the web via Stringybark 2020

Youth Affairs Council Victoria

Youth Affairs Council Victoria (YACVic) is the peak body and leading policy advocate for young people and the youth sector in Victoria.

Their vision is that the rights of young people in Victoria are respected, and they are active, visible and valued in their communities. Our mission is to propel action that inspires positive change for young people and the youth sector. To do this they Elevate voices of young people, Promote solutions, Build capacity,Nurture connections, Advance thinking.

YACVic is an independent, for-purpose organisation with core funding from the Victorian Government’s Office for Equality and Youth. They pursue social justice by maintaining a focus on those young people in our community who face disadvantage or marginalisation.

YACVic provide additional targeted advocacy and services through key services, YACVic Rural and the Youth Disability Advocacy Service, and their auspiced partner, the Koorie Youth Council.

For more information and to get involved at YACVic or see their events and programs visit Getting Involved at YACVic

Volunteering

Volunteering for Knox
Volunteering is a great way to become involved in your local Knox community. Being a volunteer can be a rewarding and fulfilling experience that can enhance your life and the well-being of the whole community.


Volunteering Victoria is the state peak body for volunteering, focusing on advocacy, sector development and the promotion of volunteering. Volunteering Victoria has a singular and specialised focus on volunteering. They see their role as leading the development of a collaborative, sustainable, thriving volunteering community and movement in Victoria. They promote and build a vibrant, strong volunteering community that is inclusive, respected and sustainable.

Community/Neighbourhood Learning Centres

Rowville Neighbourhood Learning Centre


Courses available for studying, fun, social, business, rooms for hire.
Visit RNLC

Ferntree Gully Community Arts Centre


School Holiday programs, activities, events and classes available.
For more information contact the centre on 9758 9180 or visit Ferntree Gully Community Arts Centre

Knox Community Arts Centre


School Holiday programs, activities, events and classes available.
For more information contact the centre on 9729 7287 or visit Knox Community Arts Centre

Eastern Regional Libraries


Eastern Regional Libraries
All libraries are currently closed due to Covid Stage 4 restrictions.

In these unsettled times, it’s comforting to know that we can still keep reading!
* The digital library is always open – read, listen, watch or learn 24/7
* Enjoy over storytime sessions on our Youtube channel along with Boredom Busters, Cooking demos and more!
* You can also view videos on our Facebook page
* We will continue offering Click for Home Delivery for those in need
Visit ERL website for what's available, tips, ideas, isolation inspiration and lots more!

FReeZA

FReeZA is an innovative youth development program providing young people between the ages of 12-25 with the opportunity to attend affordable and accessible music and cultural events.

FReeZA attracts over 140,000 young people each year to events that take place in safe, fully supervised, drug, alcohol and smoke-free venues across the Victoria.

The Victorian Government supports the FReeZA program and is committed to providing opportunities for young people aged 12-25 to participate in this innovative youth development program.

For more information on FReeZA, including upcoming gigs, dance parties, cultural events and more visit FReeZA

Skate and BMX Park Programs - CURRENTLY CLOSED

Knox Skate and BMX Park in Knoxfield

Simply Skateboarding in partnership with Knox City Council offers regular skate and BMX programs at Knox Skate & BMX Park.

Knox Skate & BMX Park is located at the corner Ferntree Gully Road and Gilbert Park Drive, Knoxfield. Parking is available off Forbes Close (Melway Ref: 73 B6).

Youth Central

Youth Central is the Victorian Government's web-based initiative for young people aged 12-25. The site continues to be the premier website for young people and the Victorian Government.

Youth Central website offers a range of information and advice in regards to: how to find employment and specific information around gaining employment, relationships matters, travel, money matters, courses you can study, competitions, latest releases in movies, CDs and games, and many other events.

Youth Central also offers information and opportunities for young people to participate in their local communities.

Visit Youth Central to get involved in groups, forums, events and competitions and assistance including jobs and careers, resume writing, study tips and lots more!

Relationships website for young people (secondary school age)

Young Victorians attending secondary school have a website exclusively focused on relationships called Love; the good, the bad and the ugly

It is based on young people’s stories about modern relationships and covers topics like - Am I ready for sex?; Should I be friends with my ex?; Online dating tips, how to ask someone out, or how to end it when the relationship isn’t working.

The website is an initiative of the Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria (DVRCV) and VicHealth, through the Partners in Prevention program with the aim of preventing violence against women.

The site tackles many difficult issues and does not shy away from providing straight ahead advice on such things as; digital age issues, friends with benefits issues and relationships with older people.

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