Council adopted the Wingecarribee Youth Strategy & Action Plan on the 14 December 2016 following an extensive period of community engagement including surveys and forums.
The Wingecarribee Youth Strategy & Action Plan 2016-2026 ensures that Council maintains support of the youth population and encourages and promotes new ways of improving services and opportunities for young people.
The Youth Forum is held biennially to gain current feedback from young people which will ensure that information in the Wingecarribee Youth Strategy and Action Plan is reflective of youth needs in the community.
Council offers to a wide range of activities, support and opportunities for young people aged between 12 and 24 years old. These opportunities are open to any young person that lives, works, attends school or further education or participates in sporting activities in our Local Government Area (LGA). It’s simple, just call or email the Youth Liaison Officer.
Apart from the projects that are already running we welcome ideas and input from the community.
The five ways to wellbeing are a set of evidence-based actions to improve well-being.
They were developed by the centre for well-being at NEF (the New Economics Foundation) as part of the UK Government’s Foresight project on wellbeing.
The evidence suggests that building the action areas into our everyday lives has benefit for wellbeing. These thriving individuals are then able to further contribute to the community.
Five Simple Action Areas:
With the people around you. With family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. At home, work, school or in your local community. Think of these as the cornerstones of your life and invest time in developing them. Building these connections will support and enrich you every day.
Go for a walk or run. Step outside. Cycle. Play a game. Garden. Dance. Exercising makes you feel good. Most importantly, discover a physical activity you enjoy and that suits your level of mobility and fitness.
Be curious. Catch sight of the beautiful. Remark on the unusual. Notice the changing seasons. Savour the moment, whether you are walking to work, eating lunch or talking to friends. Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you.
Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Sign up for that course. Take on a different responsibility at work. Fix a bike. Learn to play an instrument or how to cook your favourite food. Set a challenge you will enjoy achieving. Learning new things will make you more confident as well as being fun.
Do something nice for a friend, or a stranger. Thank someone. Smile. Volunteer your time. Join a community group. Look out, as well as in. Seeing yourself, and your happiness, linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and creates connections with the people around you.
Past Evidence Reports
Please click on the below link to view the Highland's Child Youth & Family Service Directory:
Create & Celebrate was a project funded by Department of Communities and Justice in 2019. The original goal of the project was to bring together a group of young people to develop and host a series of youth events, activities and workshops. Shortly after the group was established the pandemic of COVID-19 also took hold of the globe. The group of young people were not to be stopped, they continued to meet outcomes and developed their program to an online format hosting events a range of events on www.facebook.com/SouthernHighlandsYouth.
With a break in restrictions the group developed and participated in a range of workshops that focused on skill development in the music industry, as well as skills to assist with employment. They were also able to host the Fools Festival in April that saw over 700 young people from different high schools in the local area, connected to celebrate their skills in a live performance at Moss Vale Showground.
Create & Celebrate continue to meet on a regular basis to plan events and create more opportunities for young people in the Highlands. For further information, please contact Council's Youth Liaison Officer.