From Monday the 16th of June a new creative space will be opening at the AWOL Youth Hub next to the Gordon Library at 799 Pacific Highway.
The newly refurbished facility has been upgraded to the tune of $30,000, enabling it to now offer free computer access, Wi-Fi, café facilities and creative spaces where young people can socialise or study.
The volunteers of the Community Shed at St. Ives Showground have supplied many of the new furnishings and the new lay out provides a comfortable yet fresh and cool space for local kids to come after school. The AWOL Youth Hub opens between 3:30 and 6:30 each weekday afternoon and is open to all.
The centre offers affordable courses and workshops on art and music as well as a referral service for any young residents needing support.
Mayor Jennifer Anderson stated that the youth hub “aims to provide a relaxed and safe space where young residents can study or socialise.”
Establishments like this one are “more important than ever” according to Anderson.
“Issues such as anxiety are on the increase for our young residents” she continued, and the AWOL Youth Hub aims to aid the situation for sufferers.
“Compared with many other Sydney councils, Ku-Ring-Gai has a well-developed program of youth services,” continued Anderson, adding her apparent support.
The AWOL Youth Hub is the third addition to the Ku-Ring-Gai areas youth centres’ and the history of the other two have shown the strength of such support networks.
Mayor Anderson said that all three youth centres provide a mixture of recreational and skill development programs that were in high demand from local families.