Calling on tradies to help youth

Gippsland tradies have been invited to lend their support to a new community youth project in Sale by donating labour or building supplies.

Gippsland MHR Darren Chester has lent his support to the “123” youth and community social enterprise, which will create a dedicated space for young people and families to feel safe and access support services.

The meeting space, spearheaded by Anglican Diocese of Gippsland youth development officer Reverend Rich Lanham, will be established in the former Frasca Electronics building in Cunninghame St.

Mr Chester said the project provided an opportunity for local tradies and businesses to use their knowledge and resources to help local youth.

“Our young residents are the future of Gippsland and it is important they are given every opportunity to fulfil their potential,” he said.

“Young people face a range of challenges and pressures in their daily lives and community spaces like the 123 project will give them another outlet to find a sense of belonging.

“I’d strongly encourage any local businesses or tradespeople who can donate tools, materials or resources to contact Rich and lend their support.”

Reverend Lanham said the new venue would create an atmosphere that is safe and welcoming.

“Young people can have a quiet coffee with friends, relax, use the internet or if needed, access support services,” he said.

“There will be ‘taster’ programs for those interested in hospitality; sessions run for meal preparation and healthy living; and the space will also be available as a meeting venue for local businesses and community groups.

“There will also be scope for live music to be performed, recorded and produced here.”