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Sunday, July 25, 2021

Singleton Rotary Club, council join forces to support young people

More support will be available to young people with the delivery of two innovative mental health-related programs under a partnership between Singleton Council and the Rotary Club of Singleton.

And, in excess of 100 youngsters are set to benefit after representatives from the service organisation delivered $3000 to Singleton Youth Venue this week to host the Love Bites and Rhythm2Recovery initiatives later this year.

Love Bites is a one-day education program focusing on the development of respectful relationships and violence prevention for young people aged 15 to 17 years, while Rhythm2Recovery delivers therapeutic programs and professional development using fun and engaging rhythmic musical activities to support social and emotional development in 10 one-hour sessions.

Singleton mayor Sue Moore said it was a special partnership between council and Rotary to make a difference to young people and, subsequently, the wider community.

“This is a great demonstration of the community coming together to directly support youth through these programs that already have a proven track record in changing lives,” she explained.

“But, most importantly, the whole community benefits when young people have the resources and encouragement they need to reach their potential and make a positive contribution.

“The Youth Venue is a fantastic facility with a unique insight into the issues affecting young people.

“I thank the Rotary Club of Singleton for partnering with us to deliver these initiatives that ensure the good work of our youth workers can continue.”

Council’s director organisation and community capacity Vicki Brereton said the pandemic and international social movements had unique impacts for young people at a local level.

“With national conversations around consent and respectful relationships and the ongoing impacts of COVID-19, programs like Love Bites and Rhythm2Recovery are more important than ever,” she added.

“This is a tangible way we can support young people to navigate a dynamic and quickly changing landscape with respect for each other and themselves and develop the skills they need to be productive and resilient adults.

“We’re very appreciative of the support of the Rotary Club of Singleton to help boost council’s resources to provide these programs through the important work of the Youth Venue.”

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