The Gawler Youth Advisory Committee used a grant of $5000 from the Commissioner for Children and Young People to undertake a youth led conversation about possible improvements in Gawler for children and young people.
362 children and young people were involved in the process to prioritise key issues in and around Gawler and identify solutions.
The Youth Advisory Committee established and implemented the consultation process which identified four priorities for local children and young people:
- Mental health and the lack of local support services
- Loss of work and job opportunities for young people
- Lack of transport
- Social isolation – with few local facilities.
As a result of the consultation, a range of recommendations were put forward, including:
- Free online programs for children and young people to help with their mental health and social isolation
- Provision of subsidised prepare to drive courses to help with isolation and employment
- Opportunities for young people to access help with resume writing
- Opportunities for children and young people to volunteer within the community to learn life skills to help them prepare for employment
- Installation of bike racks.
View the report here