STREET LIFE: Youth homelessness is a huge social issue and it affects young people across the Clarence Valley.
STREET LIFE: Youth homelessness is a huge social issue and it affects young people across the Clarence Valley. Scottie Simmonds

Youth Homelessness to be highlighted

NEXT week, Youth Homelessness Matters Day will be highlighted across the Clarence Valley with several events organised by the Northern Rivers Social Development Council.

On Wednesday, April 13, Northern Rivers Social Development Council (NRSDC) will displaying a a blue door in prominent places in Grafton, Lismore, Byron Bay, Ballina and Tweed Heads. Community members will be able to answer the question, "Having a safe home allows me to..." and place their answer on the doors.

"We hope these installations will give people the chance to reflect on the benefits afforded by having somewhere safe and comfortable to live," Jennifer Parke, NRSDC organiser said.

Ms Parke said the events are there to help break the common stereotype associated with youth homelessness that can stop young people seeking help.

As part of Youth Homelessness Matters Day, The Family Centre and NRSDC have partnered to raise awareness across the region with the Connecting Home program.

Youth Homelessness Matters Day is an annual awareness day that highlights how youth homelessness can happen, the stigmas attached and raise awareness in the region.

"We can't always prevent the situations which force young people out of their homes, but we can help to ensure that they have access to support," Ms Parke said.

"We need well-reasoned services which can work with young people to build pathways away from homelessness and toward stable and positive futures."

Youth Homelessness Matters Day events will run across the region throughout Youth Week.

9th April - Market Square, Grafton. Youth week Activities put on by Clarence Valley Council. Connecting Home and Reconnect will have an information and activities stall from 3-6pm

12th April - Camelia Cottage, South Grafton. Youth Week activates by Camelia Cottage and Reconnect will have an information and activities stall.

13th April - Wooli Skate Park. Youth week Activities put on by Clarence Valley Council. Connecting Home and Reconnect will have an information and activities stall from 3-5pm

13th April - Iluka Skate Park - 10am - 12pm.  Youth week Activities put on by Clarence Valley Council. Connecting Home will have an information and activities stall from 3-5pm

13th April - Yamba Skate Park - 2pm - 4pm.  Youth week Activities put on by Clarence Valley Council. Connecting Home will have an information and activities stall from 3-5pm

14th April - Maclean Skate Park - 10am - 12pm. Youth week Activities put on by Clarence Valley Council. Connecting Home will have an information and activities stall from 3-5pm

15th April - Copmanhurst Skate Park - 10am - 2pm. Youth week Activities put on by Clarence Valley Council. Connecting Home and Reconnect will have an information and activities stall from 3-5pm

15th April - Coutts Crossing Skate Park - 2pm - 4pm. Youth week Activities put on by Clarence Valley Council. Connecting Home will have an information and activities stall from 3-5pm



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