Cut out a cuppa to keep centre open
THE Cabarita Youth Service hosted 30 youngsters a day at its centre during the school holidays.
They were flocking to a range of activities at the centre, including adventure camps, gym, 'girls only' craft days, volunteering, job recruitment and practise job interviews, all with free snacks provided.
The centre is helping teens with depression, feelings of suicide and anti-social behaviour, say the volunteers who help run it.
They say need of the service is reflected in the 200 local youth now registered with the service, which does not receive government funding.
Organisers say they need financial help to pay for rent and the dedicated youth worker, Chris Hitchcock.
Mr Hitchcock has lived in the Tweed area for six years and initially joined Cabarita Youth Service as a volunteer.
He has 15 years' experience working in training, education, employment, and empowerment.
His experience includes working as a youth employment consultant assisting disadvantaged youth, a case manager with Centrelink and with First Sun Employment in Tweed Heads.
They have asked residents to donate to keep the centre open.
Volunteer Peita Garnima suggested residents donate the cost of a daily coffee fix to go towards the centre.
"A donation of $5 per week (the cost of one cup of coffee) will go a long way towards keeping the doors open and maintaining the great momentum CYS has achieved over the school holidays," she said.