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Youth Parliament 2021 - Live Blog

Welcome to the 2021 Y NSW Youth Parliament Live Blog. Lyndal Stuart writing this week, direct from our virtual Youth Parliament where we will convene for the 19th year. We’ll post as sessions conclude, so please feel free to read from the bottom up and enjoy this inspiring week with the Y NSW.

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The Y Youth Parliament goes Virtual in January 2022

The Y NSW was due to commence its Youth Parliament program – including a residential camp at Sydney Olympic Park Lodge and the iconic experience at Parliament House – on Saturday 15 January 2022. The program was already delayed due to the Stay-at-Home Orders, which were in place at the time the program was initially scheduled for July 2021. With the Omicron variant so widespread throughout New South Wales, the Y has taken the difficult decision to make the Youth Parliament program virtual for January 2022. The Y has taken this decision in keeping with our values, because we are committed to acting with the interests of safety, responsibility, honesty, care and respect at all times – particularly in regard to young people.

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The Y NSW announces its holiday business hours

As the holiday season approaches, the Y NSW would like to wish its members a very merry time over the break. Changed opening hours are being introduced at Y NSW centres over the holiday period.

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Prue Warrilow is announced as the new Chair of the Board of Directors for the Y NSW

16 Dec 2021 - Media Releases

On Wednesday 15 December 2021, the Board of Directors of the Y NSW elected Prue Warrilow to be the new Chair of the organisation.

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The Y NSW opens Tea Gardens Swimming Pool just in time for summer

04 Dec 2021 - Media ReleasesRecreation

The Tea Gardens Swimming Pool is set to be officially opened this weekend by the Y NSW, just in time for the summer season.

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Youth Unemployment Rates are Rising: If you’re looking for a great opportunity, the Y NSW has 250 of them

19 Nov 2021 - Media Releases

The word on the street when it comes to youth unemployment is not a positive one – Australian Bureau Statistics figures show a jump from just under 11 percent in September to just over 13 percent in October. That doesn’t sound like much, but it’s a 21 percent increase since September and underemployment stands at 17.5 percent for young people.

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Y NSW Welcomes new Child Safe Standards

15 Nov 2021 - Media Releases

The Y NSW applauds new legislation for Child Safe Standards, which provides a regulatory framework for organisations working directly with children. The new Child Safe Scheme applies to organisations in sport and recreation, early childhood education and care, education and out-of-home care providers.

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The Y NSW announces its COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

06 Oct 2021 - COVID-19Media Releases

The health and wellbeing of the community is, and will always be, at the heart of the Y NSW’s purpose.

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Y NSW urges Government to play fair and support community sport, aquatics and recreation sector

11 Aug 2021 - Media Releases

The YMCA NSW (the Y NSW) is calling on the NSW Government to support the community sport, aquatics and recreation sector survive.

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An Open Letter to the NSW Government

11 Aug 2021 - Media Releases

If you’re in business right now your life revolves around 11am: the daily NSW Government press conference. You wait, with bated breath, every 24 hours, for news that could make or break your organisation and the employees at the heart of it.

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New community pantry launched at Y Lakeside Leisure Centre

The Y NSW, Coles and SecondBite have joined forces at Lakeside Leisure Centre to help ensure ACT residents experiencing food insecurity don’t go hungry.

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Y NSW celebrates a win for Camden

30 Jul 2021 - Media ReleasesRecreation

The YMCA NSW (Y NSW) will continue as manager of Mount Annan Leisure Centre (MALC) and the Camden War Memorial Pool until at least 2023, following the organisation’s reappointment as operator by Camden Council.

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Y NSW Youth Parliamentarians weigh in on vaccination debate

The Y NSW Youth Parliament has voted in favour of mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for all Australians and visitors to Australia, in a mock debate chaired by Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Veterans, the Hon. James Griffin MP.

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Y NSW keeps minds & bodies active for free through lockdown

With Greater Sydney plunged into lockdown, the Y NSW is staying committed to connection, offering virtual opportunities to promote active wellness at home for the young and the young at heart.

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Broken Hill Aquatic Centre reopens following evacuation

28 Jun 2021 - Media Releases

Broken Hill Aquatic Centre is now open following a safety evacuation on Monday, June 28

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Y NSW supports Forster's Nash Wilkes on route to Olympic trials

31 May 2021 - Media ReleasesRecreation

With two weeks until the Australian Olympic swimming trials in Adelaide, the Y NSW is rallying behind long-term Great Lakes Aquatic and Leisure Centre member and employee Nash Wilkes in his quest to represent Australia in breaststroke.

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Y NSW pays tribute to bingo heroes this National Volunteer Week

17 May 2021 - Media ReleasesYouth

During National Volunteer Week from May 17 to 23, the Y NSW is paying tribute to the committed group of locals behind Community Bingo on the Central Coast, raising funds for vital youth programs in the region.

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Y NSW Expo to set coastal careers on course

The Y NSW, Central Coast Council and Vicinity’s Lake Haven Centre have joined forces to bring a careers fair to the North of Wyong like never seen before.

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Y NSW supports youth through adversity at Hawkesbury Oasis

The Y NSW’s popular active wellness program ‘Uplift’ will launch at the Hawkesbury Oasis on Monday, May 3, helping to tackle the roll-on effects of COVID-19 on the lives of local young people.

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Y NSW celebrates 50 years serving the Revesby community

The community of Revesby came together on Sunday, April 19 to celebrate the 50th birthday of the Y Bankstown City.

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