In response to the significant changes due to COVID-19, City of Ballarat Youth Services is collaborating with local youth agencies to establish a platform that aims to keep young people supported.
The linktr.ee page is a ‘One Stop Shop’ for young people to access the latest news and free opportunities provided by the sector to stay engaged, connected, active, informed and to feel supported.
“The initiative will keep young people up to date with the latest youth friendly information, local support services, events and activities in which they can engage, Ballarat Mayor, Cr Ben Taylor said.
“In times of information overload online and increased creation of online content and engagement opportunities, he City’s youth services team recognised the importance to provide one central and easy to navigate platform for young people to find relevant and factual information.”
The joint Linktr.ee page project, managed by City of Ballarat Youth Services, aims to complement the work of the Ballarat Youth Services Network (BYSN) who primarily support front line workers across the youth sector.
BYSN was established in 2017 to facilitate relationships between youth work professionals across different sectors. The network meets five times a year with the focus on professional learning, networking and service updating. Working alongside a committee of volunteers, Highlands LLEN provides support to this network.
“In light of COVID-19 and the unprecedented shift in youth services delivery, it is more important than ever for youth professionals to be connected and feel supported,” Katja Fiedler, Acting Coordinator Youth Services said.
For this reason, BYSN has moved online utilising a closed Facebook group as a platform for interaction and communication amongst their 200+ membership base.
Organisations contributing to these initiatives include headspace, Ballarat Community Health, BGT, Centre for Multicultural Youth, and YMCA.