Supportive youth programs put on hold 

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ACTIVITIES and programs run by the youth engagement team at Belconnen Youth Services will be put on hold until further notice because of COVID-19, says one of the program coordinators, Lisa Wylie.

At this stage, the organisation says case management will continue on a one-on-one basis.

But as for the programs, Lisa, who is the coordinator of the Bungee program, an inclusive resilience-building program that promotes emotional wellbeing through the arts, hopes that they will be back up and running in due course. 

“The [Bungee] program supports children and young people aged seven to 18 to participate in activities designed to build resilience, enhance wellbeing and social and emotional health,” says Lisa.  

“It also supports children and young people aged five to 18 to participate in individual counselling.”

Lisa says Bungee fosters a supportive environment that encourages participants to socially connect with others, as well as develop artistic skills. It employs artists and support workers who develop a series of interactive, structured workshops that are tailored to the individual skill level, need and interest of the enrolled participants, she says. 

Other programs, offered through Bungee, which Lisa hopes will be up-and-running in semester two will be “Cool Kids” and “Seasons for Growth”. They are both weekly sessions run over eight weeks in both school and community settings. 

“We are closely monitoring the situation and encourage people to check our website and social media for updates,” she says. 

Belconnen Community Service, Chandler Street and Swanson Court, Belconnen. Call 6264 0232 or visit bcsact.com.au 

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