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Uru Wano of Swan View, Claudia Wade-Garcia of Bellevue and Soanne Leaaetoa of Midland at a Swan City Youth Service karaoke session. Picture: ANITA McINNES

New studio popular with youth

THE Swan City Youth Service’s new state of the art recording studio is rarely empty with the young people utilising it every chance they get at the service’s new home in Padbury Tce.

As well as the recording studio the new building has a basketball court, gym, private rooms for educational and counselling services and a new funky kitchen.

The not-for-profit, non-government youth service delivers a range of alcohol and drug treatment programs, educational, life skills and arts and music based programs as well as counselling and support.

Chief executive officer Chrystie Flint said the service also enabled other support agencies to deliver services from the youth centre to make it easier for young people to access them.

Ms Flint said for many the youth centre was their only home and the only constant in their lives.

“They know they can rely on the service being open, being able to grab something to eat and drink, have a shower or chill with friends, being able to talk to a youth worker if they choose and that they can access the service whenever they need without judgement,’’ she said.

Recently the presentation of certificates for students completing their general education certificate II and the launch of the 2017 Swan City Youth Service CD was followed by karaoke, games and a barbecue dinner.

The Swan City Youth Service has been in operation for over 30 years making it one of the longest running successful youth services in Western Australia.

For young people from 12 to 25-years-old the centre at 12 Padbury Tce (opposite Midland Gate Shopping Centre) is open five days a week from Monday to Friday between 10am and 7pm

About Anita

Anita Mcinnes received a highly commended in the 2009 WA Media Awards suburban section for her reporting. Two of her sons were born at Swan District Hospital and for many years she was a partner in a small business, which operated in the Gingin-Muchea-Bullsbrook area. As a mature age student Anita studied journalism at Curtin University before working in Busselton, Dunsborough and Rockingham with West Regionals. She says the best part of her job is meeting eastern suburb residents and visiting the many attractions in the area.

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