Library project offers help to youth

The Burdekin Shire Library is offering youth aged 12 to 16 years who are impacted by autism/Asperger’s the opportunity to join the “Challenge Program”.

Council’s Library Services Manager John Scott said the program would be held in partnership with the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services.

“This program gives participants the opportunity to build relationships with each other and Council’s library staff, which in turn will connect them with the wider community,” he said.

“We anticipate the Challenge Program will run for an hour, once a week after school at our innovation space Ideas@108.”

The Burdekin Library has a history of partnering with agencies to deliver a range of innovative programs for the local community.

Mr Scott said that during 2015 several parents of teenagers in the Burdekin region expressed a need for a social activity and learning environment for teenagers with autism/Asperger’s with a long-term view to upskilling for future employment.

“Most interest was shown in a ‘lab’ type project, where young people meet regularly using technology as a medium for activities,” he said.

“This type of project has been run successfully in other places and we held an initial meeting of parents, Burdekin Shire Library Staff and Disability Services Local Area Coordinator on 1 September 2015.

“Our library team then met with the young people to gather their ideas for the project.

“The resulting successful program, where participants learnt about 3D printing, computer coding and more, was run throughout the final term of the 2015 school year in partnership with the Department.”

Mr Scott said his team were delighted to again work with the Department to deliver the Challenge Program.

If you are interested please register with Disability Services Local Area Coordinator Kathy Hansen on 4786 4050.

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