New school health promotion role for youth worker

ROSA STUDHOLME
Last updated 05:00 15/12/2012

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Youth worker Josh South will take on a new role with Community and Public Health in January, promoting health in schools.

He said yesterday he was looking forward to the position, in which he will be working with the WAVE (wellbeing and vitality in education) team.

Mr South, one of two youth workers at Youth Alley, has not resigned from the position, as reported in yesterday's Herald. The Timaru District Council position has been disestablished after Ministry of Social Development funding was reallocated. The services will be taken over by the YMCA from next year. However, only one role has been confirmed.

"I have a very young family and I needed a job to support them," he said yesterday.

"We have had a lot of uncertainty around the future of our roles and the future of Youth Alley.

"[But] this does not mean I have quit or resigned. I am working out my current contract with the Timaru District Council, as I didn't want to leave them in the lurch so close to the end of the year with only one youth worker."

He said he had enjoyed his time at Youth Alley, and working with fellow youth worker Kirsty Henderson.

"She is a great person to work with and I have learnt a hell of a lot from her."

He said people were quick to judge youth, which annoyed him.

"They still have something to offer. All the youth I have worked with have been a pretty awesome, great bunch, and I will miss the contact with them."

He said Youth Alley was an important service deserving community support.

"Youth Alley is an important service in Timaru. It's also a service that needs two youth workers. So gaining funding for another youth worker is important."

The Herald apologises to Mr South for any embarrassment caused by Friday's story.

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- The Timaru Herald

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