Cool program heads up north

A GROUP of dedicated workers is making sure youth at Coolangatta’s Goodwin Park keep a cool head.

The Cool Heads Street Outreach Service will tonight launch their newest program at Goodwin Park, which will continue to operate every second Friday.

One of the event’s organisers, Fi Sproule, said tonight will mark the first time the activities have gone into Queensland.

“Cool Heads Street Outreach Program has been operating up and down the Tweed Coast but as of this Friday night (today) we have gone over the border,” Mrs Sproule said.

“We have partnered up with St Joseph’s Youth Service, Queensland Police, Tweed Shire Council, Gold Coast City Council and the Youth at Risk Alliance.”

Cool Heads aims to prevent teenagers from becoming the victims or perpetrators of crime.

Ms Sproule and fellow organiser Lyn Porter will tonight start their fortnightly low key activities at Goodwin Park.

“The events aim at engaging at risk youth and giving young people an alternative to the pub and drinking scene,” Mrs Sproule said.

“We kick off the activities on Friday night (tonight) with a fire twirling workshop and a meet and greet barbecue.”

The events will start at 8pm (DST) and finish about 11pm (DST).

Mrs Sproule said everyone is welcome.

“We invite anyone in the area of Coolangatta to come down and say hello and join in on these.

“People are also invited to our upcoming workshops, which will be laser skirmish on November 27 and a Christmas party on December 18,” she said. Other activities planned for next year are art workshops, movies in the park, trivia and games nights, and acrobatic and circus workshops, as well as barbecues each fortnight.

“We have done a letterbox drop to residents to inform them of this exciting new program and also to ask for assistance in this program.”

Anyone interested in becoming a program volunteer can contact Mrs Sproule or Ms Porter on (07) 5589 1800.

What’s on

Tonight: Fire twirling workshop

November 27: Laser skirmish

December 18: Christmas party

Every fortnight: Barbecue and activities

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