YOUTH 

The Shire supports and values the youth of our community, read below to find out what's available for Plantagenet youth including joining our Youth Advisory Group, things to do and services to access. 

YOUTH ADVISORY GROUP

The Plantagenet Youth Advisory Group (PYAG) are active change makers in our community!

As part of PYAG participants gain experience in things like community engagement, event management and community development. They give feedback to Council on issues relating to young people in the Shire. You can also get plenty of free training and valuable skills (and food!).

It’s fun, great for your CV and a good excuse to meet new people. If you’re aged 12-25 years, living, working or studying in Shire of Plantagenet why not come along to our next YAG catch up and see if it’s for you?

We meet fortnightly on Tuesdays during school term @ 12.25pm at the Mount Barker Community College, our project partner, just report to the Front Office and they will walk you though. 

PYAG just brought us their first event, a Rock Mandala Painting afternoon. What a great day this was coming together to hang out with friends and practice some well needed mindful creativity! You can read more about the event here

To find out more and see if this project is for you email us on info@sop.wa.gov.au or call 9892 1111 and we can help you.

YOUTH ACTIVITIES

Looking for things to do here in Plantagenet, we have you covered!

Skate - Scooter - BMX

The Shire has two community skate parks, a great place to hang out, burn some energy and practice those tricks and skills. Remember to be kind and look out for fellow skaters and scooters.

We have one in Kendenup and one in Mount Barker. You can find out more about these by Plantagenet skate parks

The most recent April 2022 School Holiday Skate Sessions were a huge success - thank you to all that came along! We love holding these events and seeing you all rack up some new skills and tricks.

Keep an eye out for upcoming event announcements for our next coaching and competition sessions. 

Mountain Biking & Trails

The Shire actively supports the development of a trails and mountain biking community.

We have held a series of bike skills events to help everyone ride safely and build their confidence. This has included mountain biking days, bike maintenance and community challenges. Look out for more as part of our school holiday programs.

Don't forget we also have a community bike repair station! You can find this on Lowood Road, at the entry to Wilson Park, right next to the main public toilets (opposite the mechanics). It's great to see this community asset so well used and our kids of the Shire getting out to check their bike before heading out on another great adventure.

 

Pwakkenbak Trails Park is coming!

In June 2022 the Shire of Plantagenet is entering into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA). This agreement will provide State government funding towards around 10km of single-track mountain bike trails are planned for the site on Mount Barker Hill, suitable for a range of cyclists including those with adaptive or e-bikes. To find out more read the full media release here.  

Ride locally after school!

If you're keen to go for a ride, visit The Yards, a community built area where youth can hit the dirt located on Mitchell Street Mount Barker. Built by the local community in partnership with the Shire this is a great place close to town to practice those mountain biking skills.

For those looking to get out on their mountain bikes there is an amazing local mountain bike group that meets weekly on Tuesday afternoons at 4.30 in Wilson Park - and from there they pick the days ride and where they go.

School Holidays

Out now! the Winter July 2022 School Holiday Program!

Click here for July 2022 program 

Click here for April 2022 program

Click here for Summer 2022 program

Click here for Spring 2021 program

If you have any ideas for school holiday programs send us an email and let us know! We might be able to get the idea happening  - email info@sop.wa.gov.au

Community Events

   

Big thank you to everyone that joined our Fairies and Elves event in 2021 - we loved every minute!

We look forward to future events with you soon. 

YOUTH SUPPORT SERVICES - HELPING HANDS AND LISTENING EARS

Sometimes we all need a helping hand - check out some of the groups and organisations that can help you out. 

Headspace

Headspace There is a Headspace Office in Albany that supports young people 12 - 25 with mental health concerns and/or substance use issues, and their family and friends. No referral is needed all services are free.  To make an appointment  call 9842 9871 or drop in and make time to have a chat with the staff.

Drug Aware

Drug Aware seeks to provide honest, credible and evidence-based information to young people in order to help them make informed decisions. Know what you're getting into. Get help, get the facts and stay safe. 24 hour help via phone and online - freecall 1800 098 024

Albany Youth Support Association (AYSA)

Are you aged between 12 and 25? Do you need a roof over your head or some extra support in your life? AYSA – Albany Youth Support Association may be able to help. Call 9842 2082 or email clientintake@aysa.org.au 

Youth Focus

Youth Focus | Supporting young Western Australian people and their mental health operates a free, face-to-face and web-based professional counselling service for young people aged 12 to 25 who may be experiencing mental health challenges including suicidal thoughts, depression, anxiety and self-harm. Referring a young person to the service is simple. An informal referral can be made by family members, carers, GPs and health professionals, or by young people themselves. They also accept young people with Mental Health Care Plans from their GP. If you are experiencing any of these feelings, you are not alone and there are people that can help you. Please call Youth Focus on (08) 6266 4333 

Youth Legal Services

Youth Legal Services  provides free and confidential legal services to young people aged 25 years and under. Children and young people can access our legal advice line during office hours, for free 1800 199 006.

Lifeline

Lifeline's 24 hour crisis support service providing access to suicide prevention and mental health support services for young people. Lifeline also provides an online crisis support chat with an Online Crisis Supporter – visit www.lifeline.org.au during the evenings, 7 days a week, for confidential support and assistance.