Fun plans for year at Youth Alley helm

ROSA STUDHOLME
Last updated 08:29 08/02/2013
kirsty henderson
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NEW YEAR, NEW HOME: Youth Alley youth worker Kirsty Henderson is ready to take on the new year from her new spot at the YMCA building.

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Youth Alley is back for 2013 and newly appointed youth worker Kirsty Henderson is looking forward to the new year - in a new home.

Kirsty has worked for the service for six years under the Timaru District Council and has been re- employed under the service's new YMCA umbrella.

She said it was "business as usual" and she would still be focusing on building relationships with young people and providing them support and helping them reach their full potential.

Kirsty said the WeB (We Belong) group, the peer support training that was trialled and developed in 2012 collaboratively by Youth Alley, Adventure Development, WAVE, and other projects fitted well with the YMCA's Youth 4 Youth and Active Citizenship initiatives.

She was excited about the future of Youth Alley and sees its connection to the YMCA as a real positive.

Kirsty said she would miss the Stafford St centre.

"But change is good.

"We're providing the same service, the only difference is there's only one youth worker at the moment, but it will be pretty much business as usual."

There would be more of the same events that were held last year, including the Youth Week art exhibition in the first week of May, and a youth rave.

"Watch this space," Kirsty said.

"I guess this year will be about planning and coming up with new initiatives; looking at the gaps in the community and trying to get things in place to fill those gaps.

"It's really exciting looking into the future.

"We'll be looking for lots of motivated young people that are looking to make change in the community as well."

Anyone wanting to visit Kirsty at Youth Alley can call into the YMCA building on Butler St.

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- The Timaru Herald

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