Samaritans Celebrates Youth Week with Hamilton South Community

Free food, competitions and workshops were among the activities on offer at the Hamilton South Community Hall this Wednesday 18th April as Samaritans celebrated Youth Week.

In its fourth year, the Hamilton South Youth Week Celebration was bigger than ever with Samaritans partnering with agencies such as Wesley Uniting, NSW Police, Newcastle Museum and the Newcastle Library to entertain and educate young people with games, music, arts and crafts and cultural activities.

“Youth Week is a NSW Government initiative and an opportunity for young people to have fun and celebrate the contributions they make in the community,” Rachelle Aitken, Coordinator of Samaritans Tenancy Resource Service said.

This year’s theme is ‘Unity Through Diversity’ and as with years previous, Youth Week is an opportunity for young people to express their ideas and views, act on issues that affect their lives, and create and enjoy activities and events.

“We’re proud to acknowledge the important role that young people play in encouraging our community to be creative, forward thinking and fun. This event is a fantastic opportunity for Samaritans to celebrate with them.

“Our young people have been the focus of this entire event and that’s important to Samaritans,” Ms Aitken said.

Young people from the TAFE and Hamilton South community collaborated with Samaritans and local artist Shane Kennedy from Up&Up to create the event, designing posters, promoting to their peers and choosing the activities that interest them the most.

There was strong participation on the day with all ages turning up to celebrate and acknowledge local young people.

This year’s event has been made possible thanks to funding from Newcastle Youth Council.