A service aimed at helping young people build a better future has moved to bigger and better premises in both New Plymouth and Hawera.
The New Plymouth branch of Taranaki Youth Service moved into its new site last week at 124 St Aubyn St.
Taranaki Youth Service team leader Sara Bright said the new premises were more visible, easier to access, and were designed with young people, especially young parents, in mind.
"The move will help both staff and young people, as previously the service was operating from small offices upstairs in Liardet St."
The new site includes an open office area for staff, a larger waiting area, individual interview rooms, off-street parking, and flexible spaces that will be used to deliver a variety of programmes to the service's young clients.
Staff were welcomed into the new building last week with a Maori blessing.
In Hawera, Taranaki Youth Service moved into its new site at 1 Glover Rd on January 14 after being housed temporarily in Princes St.
Youth Services is a new Ministry of Social Development initiative that is now operating through New Zealand.
Taranaki Youth Service is operated by health and social services provider Tui Ora Ltd. It helps young people find options for education, training or work-based learning, while giving support and guidance.
In addition, its eight Taranaki-based staff support young people to participate in programmes such as those focused on budgeting and parenting.
Mrs Bright said the main focus was supporting those young people aged between 16-18 years who may have fallen through the gaps in other organisations or services. "Some who use the service are teenage parents, others need guidance on training options. "Many, but not all, are at-risk youth. This is a better way of ensuring they become independent people."
- Taranaki Daily News
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