Youth Services provide a range of programs for young people throughout the Shire, including Youth Centres in Merriwa, Murrurundi and Scone. The Youth Centres offer social, recreational and educational programs which include:

  • Summer Swim Program at local pools
  • Dinner or snacks at all Youth Centre sessions
  • Sports and outdoor games
  • TV / movies / playstation facilities
  • Wifi
  • Support for young people with referrals to youth services, resume and job seeking advice

Other community youth programs are run, including:

  • Upper Hunter Youth Council
  • Youth Week
  • Holiday workshops – which can include creative and sports based activities
  • Naidoc week and other indigenous supports

Youth Services also provide a range of Department of Justice and Communities funded Targeted Early Intervention programs including:

  • Referrals to youth services
  • One to one mentoring and casework
  • Counselling – individual and family groups
  • Skills groups
  • Parenting groups