6 Inclusive Events Around Newcastle For Youth Week 2019 | Samaritans

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Here at Samaritans, we love celebrating Youth Week.

Created in 1989, Youth Week is a national event designed to celebrate young people from all walks of life.

The event is organised by young people, for young people, and it’s an opportunity for young people in the community to share ideas, celebrate their contribution to society, showcase their talents and have their voices heard.

Last year, we had the privilege to partner with headspace Maitland and support three Youth Reference Group members to go to Mardi Gras in Sydney. Olivia, Maddy and Theo celebrated “unity through diversity” – the theme of Youth Week 2018 – with the LGBTQI community of Sydney and there were lots of happy tears!

This year, we’re encouraging all young people in Newcastle, the Central Coast & the Hunter to celebrate Youth Week. We’ve collected six unmissable events in and around the area for Youth Week, including skatepark events, live music and parties!

Check out what’s happening around you this Youth Week!

#1. Wallsend Youth Week Opening Party 

It’s a party at Wallsend Library…

…and it’s all about YOU.

Samaritans’ Newcastle Youth Development Officer has helped organise an incredible kick-off shindig at the Wallsend Library, where you’ll find live music, performances and free food, plus heaps of young people from around Newcastle!

Get together, share experiences and let your voice be heard within the community. This party is designed to encourage sharing and the celebration of young people in Newcastle.

For more information, check out @newyyouthcommunity on Instagram! Get a taste for the Newcastle Community & Youth Development Project, the Youth Week opening festivities and discover all the details!

WHEN: 4pm – 7pm, 10th April 2019

WHERE: 30 Bunn St, Wallsend NSW 2287


If you’ve been looking for an opportunity to share your thoughts, your talents and your hobbies with the world, look no further than GABFEST 2019.

GABFEST is organised by headspace Maitland & Samaritans and is a forum for young people to perform, speak and share about the things they love most. It’s an opportunity to showcase your creative talents, whether it’s singing, live music, acting or even slam poetry.

No matter your talent, this is a safe, supportive space to share!

Ashlee Stephens has been performing at GABFEST since 2017 – and she has nothing but positive things to say about the experience.

“I would definitely recommend giving GABFEST a go; nerves are normal, but it does feel really great to be able to share what you love and what you think is important with other young people,” Ashlee said.

Come along and tell the world about the things you love. We’re here to support you every step of the way.

WHEN: April 15, 4pm

WHERE: headspace Maitland, 73 Bulwer Street, Maitland

#3. Newcastle Youth Week Opening Party 

Party at the Newcastle Library.


To kick off the Youth Week celebrations, the Community Youth Development Project has organised a free event for young people, event organisers and service providers throughout Newcastle to meet, connect and celebrate the contribution young people make to the community.

There will be live music from aspiring young musicians, free food, inspirational talks and more activities to keep the crowd entertained from 4pm until 7pm on Wednesday 10th April.

The event is totally free and open to all ages, so drop in to connect people like yourself!

TIME: 4 – 7pm

LOCATION: Laman St, Newcastle NSW 2300

#4. Live @ the Library 

There’ll be no hushed voices in the Newcastle Library on Saturday April 13th!

Following the opening party on April 10th, the Newcastle Youth Council has organised a drug and alcohol free gig at the Newcastle Library. For just $10, local kids and teens can get loud and celebrate Newcastle’s up-and-coming artists after-hours.

The event is the product of an epic collaboration between the Newcastle Region Library, the Y-Project, Softys Clubhouse and the Newcastle Youth Council.

Drop in and discover the latest and greatest youth musicians in Newcastle! Open to all ages.

TIME: 6 – 11pm

LOCATION: Laman St, Newcastle NSW 2300

#5. Central Coast Series 

Want the chance to win $10,000?

Pick up a skateboard, scooter, BMX or WCMX wheelchair. It’s time to hit the skatepark.

The Central Coast Series is on again from the 13th of April! In celebration of Youth Week, riders aged 5 – 24 have the chance to compete in a series of challenges and accumulate points for the grand prize.

  • Heat 1 – Umina Skatepark, Saturday 9 March
  • Heat 2 – Wadalba Skatepark, Saturday 30 March
  • Heat 3 – BATO Yard, Saturday 13 April

There will be five age divisions and groups:

  • Under 12 years
  • Under 16 years
  • Open female
  • Open male
  • Sponsored riders

Keen to compete? Make sure to register at youthservices@centralcoast.nsw.gov.au or phone 4304 7039. Otherwise, make an appearance on competition days to catch the action!

TIME: 09:00

LOCATION: 460 The Entrance Rd Bateau Bay NSW 2261

#6. Innovations Port Stephens Launch 

On April 9th, Youth Week will launch in Port Stephens with Innovations, a free event complete with:

  • Night markets
  • Live music
  • Food stalls
  • Creative workshops including zine and sticker design
  • Social media master class
  • Board games

It’s a perfect opportunity for the local youth to connect, share, speak out and celebrate with the Port Stephens Youth Panel Crew as well as the Youth Panel Crew & senior students from WEA Alesco.

Drop in from 4pm for good times!

TIME: 4pm to 8pm

LOCATION: Corner of Williams and Port Stephens Street, Raymond Terrace


Celebrate your contribution to the community this year for Youth Week 2019

Youth Week is an incredible opportunity for youth in the community to come together and celebrate their contribution to society. Complete with live music, competitions, parties and more, there are tonnes of ways to celebrate youth in Newcastle & the Central Coast!

Get in touch with the team from headspace & Samaritans to learn more about our upcoming Youth Week events!