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Youth Services

Lane Cove Council's Youth Services Team operate the Synergy Youth Centre, a drop-in centre where young people aged 11-18 can go to hang-out, seek information about support services or participate in various programmed activities.

Synergy offers:

  • A term program with a range of activities such as baking nights, cook ups, organised groups fitness, craft and activities related to various awareness days, competitions, skate sessions, youth art, pizza and DVD nights, boys nights, girls nights and BBQs.
  • Synergy runs a school holiday program which is based on excursions to fun places, eg Jamberoo, horse riding, laser tag, Imax and Tree Top Adventures.
  • Facilities such as a basketball court, TV and DVD, pool table, table tennis, foosball, X Box Kinect, Wii, DJ equipment, and computers with internet access available.

Youth Services also

  • Developed the Lower North Shore Youth Guide which is also available from Council in hard copy
  • Provides programs in schools in conjunction with other services such as Anti bullying programs
  • Provides referrals to counselling services or services a young person made need
  • Organises and facilitates parent workshops on a range of topics such as cyber bullying, anxiety, talking to teens, drugs and alcohol
  • Works with other Councils and youth organisations to create youth strategies for the area
  • Provides input into regional plans for youth issues
  • Advocates on youth issues within Council
  • Works with other services to support young people experiencing identity issues
  • Facilitates training sessions for youth services across the Lower North Shore
  • Provides information to young people on applying for employment by running resume writing and job application writing workshops
  • Provides cooking demonstration and hands on sessions with young people in the kitchen
  • Runs Youth Art Workshops to allow young people a safe and fun environment to learn new artistic skills
  • Works with young people to create sustainable and environmentally friendly projects in and around the community for example, worm farming, sustainability forums and sustainability camps funded by the Sustainability Levy.
  • Provides assistance with homework