Employment Directions get one year extension

Colene Noble with YAC members Justin Redden and James Long at the hand over of their Buddy Bench project.
Colene Noble with YAC members Justin Redden and James Long at the hand over of their Buddy Bench project.

Employment Directions will continue providing services to youth in the Clare Valley after council decided to extend their contract.

The not-for-profit, community based employment service provider’s contract with the Clare and Gilbert Valley’s Council commenced on January 1 and will expire later this month on December 31.

Council voted unanimously to extend Employment Directions’ contract for an additional 12 months at the November 20 meeting.

For the 2017-18 financial year, council has allocated $42,000 for youth development services.

Funding for the additional six months between July 1 to December 31 will be considered in the 2018-19 budget.

Employment Directions also works in conjunction with the Youth Advisory Committee and with Colene Noble, the region’s Youth Development Officer.

YAC enjoyed a successful year with a number of initiatives being well received by the community.

These included the establishment of a careers expo at Clare High School which has the potential to turn into a yearly event, the annual disco held at the Valleys Lifestyle Centre, painting stobbie poles on Main North Road outside Clare Oval and the Buddy Bench project among others.

Planning is already underway for next year’s YAC initiatives.

As well as the annual disco and career expo, YAC are looking to gain funding for an outdoor gym at Clare which has already been approved by council.