A YOUTH service called the Avon Youth Family and Community Services has opened an office in Merredin.
The official opening was celebrated on Saturday, May 28, with a day of fun for youth at the Merredin Skate Park.
The event included face painting, a skate competition with iPod prizes given away and a sausage sizzle prepared by volunteers from St John Ambulance.
It also featured a live music concert featuring two bands – original Perth pop-rock band Beside Lights and the very popular Damien Cripps band, which played well-known popular covers well into the night.
Beside Lights was popular with the Merredin youth who queued for photographs and autographs at the end of the show.
A dance competition was held during the evening, with the winner receiving a signed Beside Lights album.
Avon Youth Family and Community Services is a charity organisation dedicated to serving the community, young people and families to overcome adversity and hardship.
Avon Youth provides services that include a range of support mechanisms for young people, including food bank services, emergency relief, public tenancy support services, internet access, leadership and personal development programs, supported accommodation for young people who are homeless or in difficult housing situation and a diverse range of other services to best meet the needs of young people and their families.
Avon Youth now has offices in Narrogin, Moora and the main office located in Northam.
Chief executive Jacqui Stutt said Avon Youth was committed to providing a valuable service to the Merredin community.
“Indigenous youth engagement is what the Merredin office will be set up to provide for primarily,” Mrs Stutt said.
“The service will offer a range of activities and projects to allow young people to actively engage in fun and innovative projects to allow them the opportunity to participate in active citizenship.”
The Merredin Avon Youth Family and Community Services office is on Barrack Street.
For more information regarding Avon Youth Services and future projects call Merredin-based officer Sean Lines or one of the team at Avon Youth on 9622 2612.
The office will be officially opened and a morning tea will be held shortly, when renovations are complete.