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Important Update for Youth and Community Services

COVID-19 announcement re. Youth and Community Programs

Last Updated: 30 July 2021

The health, wellbeing and safety of the community and our people is our top priority. We are continuing to respond to the NSW Government’s directives and the Public Health Orders to fight the spread of COVID-19 in NSW. Our Youth and Community Services are not an essential service, and as such, most of our programs were suspended from 6pm Friday 26 June 2021.

The stay-at-home order issued by the Government for ALL Greater Sydney, including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Wollongong has been extended until 11:59pm Friday 27 August 2021. You must stay at home unless it is for an essential reason.

The reasons you may leave your home include:

  • Shopping for food or other essential goods and services (one person nominated per household only)
  • Medical care or compassionate needs (only one visitor can enter another residence to fulfil carers’ responsibilities or provide care or assistance, or for compassionate reasons)
  • Exercise outdoors with no more than 2 people (unless members of the same household) and within 10km from your home
  • Work that is deemed essential and education, where you cannot work or study from home.

You can view a summary of youth and community updates below.


The Y at Home

During lockdown the Y is providing virtual fitness resources for the whole community.
The Y at Home offers home-workouts, tips, recipes, wellness strategies and fun activities for the entire family at no cost to the community.

Stay active, stay connected with the Y, 
Visit the Y at Home online!
 


Call A Youth Worker

This vital program remains open and accessible in the regions below. We invite all young people aged 12-25 to Call A Youth Worker if they’re feeling challenged by the current COVID-19 environment.

Cooma
Hours of Operation: Tuesday-Friday 9am-5pm
Phone: 0403 498 322

Central Coast
Hours of Operation: Monday-Thursday 11am-3pm
Phone: 0409 658 302

Western Sydney
Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 1.30-5pm
Book online for a call back


Y Space (Youth Hubs) and Young Leaders

There are some changes to the face-to-face availability of our Y Spaces across the state. To ensure young people still have opportunities to connect and access support, the Y NSW is running a number of fun, free and interactive online events. Join Y NSW youth workers and creatives online to skill-up and hang out from anywhere in NSW during lockdown.

Online workshop timetable

Y Space Cooma will continue to operate under reduced capacity as we adhere to the one person per 4sq m rule, including staff. Face masks must be worn by all visitors, regardless of age.

Y Space Central Coast programs will be suspended until 11:59pm Friday 27 August and we will provide further updates for the remainder of Term 3 closer towards the end of lockdown. Young people on the Central Coast are invited to connect with us and your peers through the brand new Y Space Online - your guide to everything youth. This digital directory is packed with everything to keep you informed and aware, inspired and active from home. 

Y Space Parramatta Westfield and Broken Hill programs are currently suspended until further notice.
 


Uplift

Uplift programs have been suspended until further notice across the following locations:

  • Mount Annan Leisure Centre
  • Parramatta Westfield
  • Hawkesbury Oasis

Streetgym

Streetgym programs have concluded for the school term and we will provide further updates for the remainder of Term 3 closer towards the end of lockdown. All existing program participants have been contacted about additional services available through the Y’s local community partners. 

  • Lake Haven Recreation Centre 
  • San Remo

Breakfast Program

  • Lake Haven Recreation Centre - currently suspended 
  • Monaro High School - currently operational 

Bingo

Our community bingo programs have been suspended until further notice across the following venues:

  • Wyong Leagues Club
  • Budgewoi Soccer Club
  • Avoca Bowling Club
  • Mingara Recreation Club
  • Bateau Bay Bowling
  • Central Coast Leagues Club
     

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Y has been there for our communities. We have maintained the highest health and safety standards and will continue to work together with you to protect our state and nation. We will continue to adhere to key safety measures in line with the latest expert health advice.

For more updates, visit your program’s relevant Facebook page or bookmark this page. If you have any programming or other concerns, please contact youth@ymcansw.org.au

More information about COVID-19 restrictions can be found on the NSW Government website

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this challenging time.

Louisa McKay
Executive Leader, Youth and Community 

It’s important to take good care of yourself and seek out any support you may need during this time. Follow the Y NSW on FacebookInstagramLinkedIn and Twitter for helpful tips and resources to help you cope with COVID-19 and stay well while social distancing. We are all in this together. 

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