Youth Services

A community priority to increase focus on youth service provision and facilities was identified during the community consultation for our Strategic Community Plan Our Future 2033There are a number of youth-focused major projects underway in the Shire of Denmark. For more information about those projects and other consultations, please visit our Your Denmark engagement page.

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Youth Services Information

Youth Services fall within the portfolio of our Community Development Officer who assists community members to build connections, meanwhile advocating for the development of youth focused facilities, activities, infrastructure and support services.

Every April, the Shire of Denmark celebrates Youth Week, but activities and events for youth run throughout the year through the busy Denmark Recreation Centre and Denmark Public Library programs. Information about up-coming events targeted at our youth community is available on our What’s On for Youth page.

The Shire of Denmark partners with support and outreach services, to offer assistance and a friendly ear to youth in need.

Coming soon: McLean House, formerly known as Tha House, will return to a youth-focus in 2024. Find out about what's on at McLean House.

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Youth Strategy 2024

In 2024, the Shire of Denmark is commencing work on developing our very first Youth Strategy, in response to strong community feedback that it's time for us to focus on our Youth community.

We've engaged the Youth Affairs Council of WA (YACWA) to help us deliver the consultation and strategy in close collaboration with our local Youth community.

Why we are developing a Youth Strategy

The aim of the Youth Strategy is to better understand what is important to local young people and identify what we need to do to improve our offerings and services. To do this, we'll be talking with:

  • Young people aged 10-25 who live, work, study, volunteer or visit/use groups and services in the Shire
  • Parents and caregivers of young people
  • Groups and organisations (including businesses) that work with or have a connection to young people
  • Shire staff and Elected Members

Wondering how to get involved?

Please visit our Youth Voices consultation page to find out more about this important project and how it will roll out in the coming months.

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What’s On for Youth

Documents for Youth: School Holiday Programs
Documents
Easter School Holiday Program 2024

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Youth Support and Outreach

The Shire of Denmark partners with support and outreach services, to offer assistance and a friendly ear to youth in need.

In this section:

  • Denmark Youth Outreach
  • Support Services and Information for Youth

Denmark Youth Outreach

Denmark Youth Outreach is a free support service available to young people aged 12-18 years who may be in crisis or experiencing a difficult journey through adolescence.

Denmark Youth Outreach provides early intervention support to young people to prevent and address crisis. The program provides mentoring, information to enhance young people’s health and well-being, advocacy, referrals and support to access specialist services, including the Albany Youth Support Association (AYSA) homelessness services.

If you, or someone you know, needs help, make a referral or an enquiry to Denmark Youth Outreach via email clientintake@aysa.org.au or phone (08) 9842 2082.

Contact our Youth Outreach Officer Savannah directly on savannah.c@aysa.org.au. 

If you, or someone you know, is in an emotional crisis and require urgent support, please contact:

  • Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467
  • Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800
  • Lifeline on 13 11 14

Support Services and Information for Youth

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Inclusion

Our community commitment to protect what makes us special, improve our quality of life and plan for future generations cannot be achieved without including every member of our community, no matter their lived-experience.

Please visit our Access and Inclusion page to find out more about Access and Inclusion in the Shire of Denmark.

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Youth Week

Every year in April, the Shire of Denmark community celebrates Youth Week as part of the annual State-wide celebration of the positive contributions of young people in our society.

If you would like to know more about Youth Week or to express your interest for involvement in the 2024 celebrations, please contact our Community Development Officer.

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Awards and Grants

Every member of our youth community contributes something individual and special to the fabric of life here in the Shire of Denmark. To acknowledge that some go above and beyond to make an impact, the Shire of Denmark Community Citizen of the Year awards have a Youth Category for the ‘Youth - Community Citizen of the Year’.

Nominations for the awards (presented in May at the annual Thank a Volunteer event) open annual in March. For more information about the nomination process, please visit our Volunteering page.

Other awards and grants in the Shire of Denmark for youth include:

  • Junior Sportsperson of the Year
  • Community Service Award (awarded to a Denmark Senior High School year 12 student)
  • Agricultural Scholarship (awarded to a WA College of Agriculture, Denmark, year 9 or 10 student)
  • Community Grants Program

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Council Adopts Budget to Fund Community Priorities
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Youth Fest 2023: Activities and Engagement for All
Posted 14 April 2023 Youth Fest 2023: Activities and Engagement for All

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New Beach Volleyball Courts a Hit at McLean Precinct
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Posted 03 February 2023 Sensory Kits to join Collection at Denmark Public Library

Kits available to borrow to support people living with dementia in Denmark

Meet Mitchell Hockley, WA VFRS Volunteer
Posted 20 December 2022 Meet Mitchell Hockley, WA VFRS Volunteer

Get to know some of our local vollies through our Volunteer Spotlight Series 2022/2023

Pump Track Comes to Life Thanks to Community Spirit
Posted 24 October 2022 Pump Track Comes to Life Thanks to Community Spirit

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Roller Discos are back in Denmark for End of Term Celebrations
Posted 09 September 2022 Roller Discos are back in Denmark for End of Term Celebrations

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Youth and Kids Activities This School Holidays
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Denmark Recreation Centre and Public Library host suite of fun activities

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Contact

Our Youth Outreach Officer can be reached at savannah.c@aysa.org.au.

Our Community Development Officer can be reached at (08) 9848 0300 or enquiries@denmark.wa.gov.au.

Contact details for our Councillors are published on our Councillors page.

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