Lyn Porter rides the CoolHeads bus helping kids stay safe. Photo: John Gass
Lyn Porter rides the CoolHeads bus helping kids stay safe. Photo: John Gass

Volunteers needed

THE St Joseph’s Youth Service needs more cool heads.

The CoolHeads Street Outreach Service is looking for more volunteers to help them continue to provide activities and barbecues, water and advice to Tweed youths on weekends.

Gerina Appo, co-ordinator of the St Joseph’s Youth Service, which runs the CoolHeads program, said the initiative helped young people avoid crime and anti-social behaviour, either as potential victims or offenders.

“We take the bus around Tweed and Coolangatta every second Saturday helping young people, giving them water and refreshments, and teaching them how to party safely,” Ms Appo said.

“We also have activities and barbecues in Goodwin Park, Coolangatta, Faulks Park, Kingscliff and Lions Park, Cabarita, on rotating Friday nights.”

The service is hoping to expand into Murwillumbah in May, but will need more volunteers.

“We are trying to start a run there in May, but we will need help to run activities there as well,” Ms Appo said.

“All volunteers get training around drugs and alcohol and first aid.”

The service recently received a grant from the Federal Government, but otherwise relies on funding from the Tweed Shire Council and the generosity of volunteers.

“We used to be on a shoe-string budget, so the money from the government is really helping us out,” Ms Appo said.

“The money is a huge help, but we are always looking for extra hands.”

The service is operated by Anne Cosgrove and Lyn Porter.



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