Mark Carey, Krysten Hennings, Mark Goddard and Simon Young of headspace Warwick with the table the Men’s Shed is helping the youth build.
Mark Carey, Krysten Hennings, Mark Goddard and Simon Young of headspace Warwick with the table the Men’s Shed is helping the youth build. Candyce Braithwaite

Creating a positive environment for youth

HIS dream is to one day create a place for Warwick youth to feel safe, comfortable, learn and just hang out.

So manager of headspace Warwick Mark Goddard is seeking the support of businesses and the community.

On March 22 headspace will hold a breakfast aimed at bringing groups together to try and help with the social recovery in Warwick.

Mr Goddard said the majority of their clients suffered from anxiety and they wanted to work with the community to reduce this feeling among our youth.

"If we could help get people on board to help reduce anxiety in the community it would be great," Mr Goddard said.

"We want to develop connections with people in the community so we can introduce them to the youth.

"It may be for example sending a youth to play hockey on a Saturday afternoon.

"They may feel anxious about this and not want to go, however if we introduce them to someone who plays hockey and can mentor them they won't feel as anxious about going."

Mr Goddard said headspace was looking at expanding its horizons - to help expand those of the youth to whom they reach out.

"We've really got to practice what we preach," he said.

"We are offering a whole range of new services for our clients in the form of many different groups.

"We have gardening, exercise and even groups for parents on how to deal with teenagers."

Mr Goddard said people needed to remember a majority of youth in Warwick were helping to making a difference in the community.

"We have some great youth out who deserve a chance," he said. "We need to work together to create a positive environment for all youth."

The breakfast will be held at Gardens Galore from 7.30am.

For information phone Mark on 4661 1999.



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