It's a really important phase in life and we have programs specifically for the young people in the area.
On Monday nights Our Place runs throughout the school terms, facilitated by a Youth Worker Annie Pearce.
There's a new activity each week that often brings in the expertise of our local characters who pass on their skill, be it table tennis from a state champion, craft by an accomplished artist or the fun of lighting a campfire and having a yarn while the damper cooks.
Dinner is provided and it's free.
MONDAYS DURING SCHOOL TERM
4pm - 6pm
Made possible with the generous support of Community Bank – Toora & Foster, Foster RSL Sub-branch Inc, Toora Lions, Foster Rotary Club and our amazing team of volunteers in the kitchen.
YOUTH ACCESS CLINIC is run by South Gippsland Community Health Centre in Foster and runs on Mondays from 12:30 to 4pm.
You don't need an appointment so just turn up to see a doctor and/or nurse to take care of any health issues or get some questions answered - and it's free
Phone 5683 9780 (South Gippsland Community Health Centre) with any questions you may have
Skate Park 2018
Watch the video (hover to hear the soundtrack)
Thanks Wayne Tindall for producing this great film clip about our Victorian Youth Week celebration at the Foster Skate Park
Another Skate Park hits the dust!
On Sunday 22nd April, Artist Wayne Tindall was invited by the Manna Gum Community House in Foster (Victoria Australia) to transform the local Skate Park. Wayne in turn invited Heesco Khosnaran to come paint and help mentor the local kids and give the place a makeover. With the help of around 100 locals, Wayne & Heesco went mad. Wayne also made this film with the help of Abbie Cook (a young local film maker) and a shorter clip was played to everyone at the end of the day.
Memory Lane Youth Art Project 2013
Community Leadership Program leads to laneways upgrades
In 2013 five Foster Secondary College Students attended a Community Leadership Program at the Alpine School. At the end of the program they were asked to come up with a project to work on within their local community. They wanted to create more exciting laneways in Foster with artwork and murals and began talking to local public artist and sculptor David Bell about their ideas.
At the same time the Foster Community Association received a local government community grant to contract David Bell and project manager Rebecca Matthews to design three laneways in the Main Street of Foster in consultation with the local community. David continued to talk to the students about their ideas, and how they would like to be involved. The community surveys revealed that the laneway adjacent to True Value Hardware and Skye’s Café was an area that many local people associate with young people, and in fact wanted to encourage them to have some ownership over this space.
The final laneways concept designs by David Bell were delivered to the Foster Community Association in February 2015. Shortly afterwards the South Gippsland Shire Council provided some funding towards the laneway project.
David discussed his concepts with the students, and they particularly liked the idea of the ‘community hallway’ – a collection of framed, individual artworks (like you might find a series of family photos in grandma’s hallway).
Manna Gum Community House took on the developed project at this stage, and successfully applied for grant funding through National Youth Week 2016 to complete the artwork and installation. Picture frames were collected from the community and from local op-shops, which provided an eclectic mix of shapes and sizes to host a painted work.
In April 2016 Manna Gum Community House hosted a community workshop for young people aged between 12-25 led by local artists Ann Parry and Kim McDonald. The students were asked to capture a memory on a painted canvas. Later in 2016 additional work was produced in further workshops held at the Foster Secondary College (Year 11 art students) with Ann, Kim and art teacher Jacqui Dinsbergs.