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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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Centre for Multicultural Youth - Envision Youth Program

Free online group program for young people aged 18-25 who are newly arrived in Australia living in S/E suburbs of Melbourne.

Are you interested in; making new friends, building your confidence, exploring your skills and aspirations, learning about life in Australia, connecting with your local youth services & opportunities.

Join a series of online workshops (via Zoom) with other young people that could help you set and reach your education, career and personal goals!

Every Wednesday for 7 weeks from 29 Oct - 9 Dec 2020
Time: 4:00pm - 5:15pm
ONLINE Zoom video call

To register your interest, or for more information contact: Temur Rezaie, Centre for Mulicultural Youth e; trezaie@cmy.net.au or t: 0419 779 553

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

Please note: This is a virtual program recorded by the presenter from their own premises in compliance with the Victorian Governments' current COVID-19 restrictions.

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

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:
Register for eheadspace chats

October weekly chats:


eheadspace runs weekly peer support chats, these include:

  • Monday 6pm-10pm - "Navigating relationships"
  • Tuesday 6pm-10pm - "Qheadspace"
  • Wednesday 6pm-10pm - "General coping"
  • Every 2nd Thursday 6pm-10pm - "Yarnspace"
  • Alternate Thursdays 6pm-10pm - "Supporting others"

Each month eheadspace runs topic chats which explore topics important to young people and the community.

October topic chats include:

  • Thursday 8 October, 7pm - 8pm - "How to approach difficult conversations" (family and friends).
  • Sunday 18 October, 7pm - 8pm - "Managing change" (young people).
  • Wednesday 21 October, 7pm - 8pm - "Small steps everyday" (young people).
  • Tuesday 27 October 7pm - 8pm - "Me, myself and my body" (young people).

Flyers can be found at headspace Knox topic chats.

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

Swinburne Skills and Jobs Centre and the NDCO - Preparing for further studies (students with disabilities)

The webinar series "Preparing for further education" for students with disability who will be transitioning from secondary school into further studies at the end of this year.

The aim of the webinar series is to provide students and their support networks with the opportunity to hear information and ask questions about:
* Information for planning your journey beyond school
* Using your NDIS plan to meet your education and career goals
* The types of support that are available and how to find them
* How you can start to prepare for life after school now.

These are two related sessions, however each webinar will cover different content (see Eventbrite bookings page). People are welcome to attend one webinar or both.

Webinar 1 - 22 October 3.30 - 4.30pm
Webinar 2 - 29 October 3.30 - 4.30pm

Bookings via Eventbrite

'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.

Tuesday 27 October (10 - 11am) and Thursday 29th October (1 - 2pm)

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


Body Project Australia Community Program by Eating Disorders Victoria

Body Project Australia is a group-based program to help young people (aged 16-18 years) feel more comfortable in their own body. This program will be delivered online via Zoom.

Many young people experience negative thoughts and feelings about their body. This can be the way you think about, feel towards, perceive and act towards your body. This program is internationally recognised to empower young people in their own body and challenge pressures placed on them by society to pursue particular body or appearance ideals.

Who this program is for?
This program is for young people (aged 16 to 18 years) who identify as female and experience body dissatisfaction or body image concerns. This program is an early intervention program and is not suitable for young people who are currently receiving treatment for an eating disorder. If you're unsure if this program is for you, please contact Eating Disorders Victoria.

It is an interactive program in a friendly, small group setting. Participation involves a combination of activities, reflection and group discussion with peers. Some activities will need to be completed before each session. Please ensure you can attend all 4 sessions and that you are open to engaging with others during the sessions.

  • Date Thursday 29 October, 5th, 12th & 19th November 2020
  • Time 5pm - 6.30pm
  • Address Online via Zoom
  • Cost Free (thanks to Commonwealth Bank of Australia)
  • Enquiries Contact Rosie via email; education@eatingdisorders.org.au

Bookings are essential. To register visit Eventbrite Body Project Australia

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

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.

Please Note:
Knox City Council offers a range of online programs including virtual events, workshops, webinars and live-streamed entertainment for all ages and abilities. These innovative programs are recorded by the presenters from their own premises, in compliance with the Victorian Government’s Stage 4 COVID-19 restrictions. For information on other services advertised on this page, please contact them directly to ensure they are compliant.

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