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Byron Youth Service Team


October is going to be an awesome month for Byron Youth Service!


First up, we will be launching our new national campaign "Cringe the Binge" on Friday 19th October at 10am in Apex Park. Cringe the Binge is a national campaign to reverse youth binge drinking that involves a Weekend of Action in November where we will be asking all Australians to stop and think about their drinking habits and donate what they would normally spend on alcohol to reverse youth binge drinking .


Check out our website for all the details and look out for more info in next week's local papers. PLEASE join us if you care about the destructive culture of binge drinking that affects so many young people, their friends and families.


Later in the month some of our staff will be travelling to Orange hoping to be crowned the winners of the NSW/ACT Crown Reserve Trust Corporate Managers Award. What a great honour to be named a semi-finalist and in the top three in NSW already! This award recognizes the shared input of many individuals and groups in our community to making the Byron Youth Activity Centre one of the best places in NSW for young people. Cross fingers everyone!


Also a smorgasbord of activities for young people are commencing and are sure to be a hit, including the Creative Arts Collective, Trail Blazers enterprise workshops, SNAP! youth photography competition and the regular beats of the YACROCKCAFE.


Happy October everyone!


From all of us @ BYS!



Byron: 6685 7777

Mullum: 6684 3086  


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Latest News

Cringe the Binge invite
Please join us and wear a black T-Shirt!   
Mark your diaries for the 10th of November from 4pm at the Top Park - Cringe the Binge Gig as part of the Weekend of Action!
 Green GarageGreen Garage
Green Garage
A few people came together to create this beautiful artwork at the Green Garage. Artists Bridget and Jo designed the beautiful snake artwork, Daniel put up the sign, Justin painted the rest of the design whilst Tegan overlooked the project! Thanks to all!


October Bonus! 


For every business that registers with community engine and nominates us as their charity of choice in October, community engine will automatically donate an extra $25 to our group!

All it will cost is a few minutes of your time... 

Community Engine donation
Thank you so far to all the community engine nominators!
Funny in the Head
STEER logo










There is almost a 50% chance the STEER Project can keep youth safe on our roads.


What can you do?


Here are 10 simple suggestions:


1)             talk with Year 10 Byron High, Mullum High, Cape Byron Steiner and Shearwater Steiner school students about the STEER Project workshops being held in their schools in Oct, Nov and Dec this year;

2)             talk with Year 11 high school students about the RRISK presentation being held in Lismore and Tweed Heads in November this year;

3)             learn simple steps to make driving with L plate drivers a happy experience at a free learner driver workshop on Monday 15th October 5:30pm at Byron Bay Services Club;

4)             gain knowledge, skills and activities to support young people build skills to manage risks at a Plan2 workshop on Monday 15th October 10am at Byron Youth Service;

5)             like Steer Project on Facebook;

6)             like the STEER Project on Community Engine (and we earn $1) and if you are a business register STEER Project for the Community Giveaway (and we earn $25!);

7)             visit the STEER website at;

8)             join the STEER Project and receive regular information, tips, activities and offers by clicking here;

9)             email the STEER Project with questions & comments associated with youth safe transport;

10)         call Phil on 0414 809 330 and talk about youth safe transport.


Creative Arts flyer

Face it workshop
Participants in the Face it! workshop with Deb Pearce

BYS is offering a range of FREE Enterprise workshops & events for young people aged 12 to 24.




FACE IT! Portrait Photography Workshops

Three day program: 3rd, 4th & 5th October

Participants will learn skills for framing shooting & editing portraits as well as have the opportunity to enter their work in competitions.   



Eight week program, 8th October - 26th November (Monday afternoons: 4pm-6pm)

Weekly workshops by different artists; the aim being for young people to produce a diversity of creations which they will have the opportunity to sell @ the Artisan Markets.


HANG IT! Exhibition Workshops

Four week program, Thursday afternoons: 1st, 8th, 15th (5pm-9pm),  

 22nd November (3pm-7pm)

Participants will gain practical experience in how to set up a real photographic exhibition


SNAP! Youth Photography Competition & Exhibition

Theme: FACE IT! Portraits of people from the Northern Rivers

Download entry form from the BYS website: (entries close 9th November)

Exhibition on @ Byron Community Centre, 6pm 22nd November


BUSINESS SKILLS PROGRAMS @ the YAC with Enterprise coach  

Prue Blennerhassett


MARKET YOURSELF: Nov 12th, 19th (6pm-9pm), & 25th (9am - 4pm)

Workshops for young people who are interested in selling hand made or other items at the local markets


eBay 101-103: Nov 7th, 14th & 29th (5pm - 9pm)

Workshops for young people who are interested in selling hand made or other items on line


WEB SET UP: Nov 3rd &10th (9am - 4pm) &   BLOG IT!   Nov 21st & 28th (5pm-9pm)

Workshops for young people who are interested in setting up a blog / website for a business or interest


PITCH YOURSELF: Nov 24th (9am-4pm)

A one day workshop designed to provide young people with business interests or ideas the skills to evaluate & pitch their idea


INDIVIDUAL MENTORING: November 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th (1pm - 4pm)

One-to-one, individualised support for young people who are interested to gain work experience or mentorship in their field of interest. Sessions can be booked in one hour blocks.


To enrol or get more information phone Stephanie on 02 66857777  

Youth Voices 

Sophia Campbell   

Sophia Isabella Campbell - 16 - Fashion Student    


1. What has been the best experience in your life?

Moving from WA to Byron Bay and loving it! 


2. What inspires you?

Forensic investigators inspire me as I would like to follow in their footsteps!  


3. Who would you like to meet and what would you ask them?

I would love to meet Rihanna and ask whether she actually loves all this fame and how she deals with it! 


4. What would you like to see happen in Byron Bay?

Less binge drinking and young people running amok in the streets. More festivals!       


5. What do you believe in?



6. What would you like to change in the world?

I would like to change the unfairness between the very sick, starving, poor people and the people that are able to buy personalised jets etc 


8. What's important in a relationship?



9. Interwiewee to Interwiewer.

How long have you been working at BYS? 

6 awesome years! 

Programs and Activities 
October line up  


Schoolies Hub vollies  
Reclaim the night

Snap Poster
Indent Event

BOXATION with Peter Gauge 


WEDNESDAY  6 - 7pm 



Cruising the Byron Shire on Friday & Saturday nights from 8pm till 12am.  









for allowing us to park the bus on their property!  


We are always looking for people that would like to donate food or drinks for this fantastic program...


Stephanie Sims 6685 7777  

Find us on Face Book at  Facebook/Turning the tide

"LIKE" this page and keep updated on where the bus is at !!!


Thanks to Ralph, Mark and the team @ Fishheads for their awesome support!   

Check out the new Fishheads sign on the BUS! 

Byron Youth Service Team

Management Committee

  Richard Heazlewood-Ross         Chairperson
  Maxine Caron                                Deputy
 Ian Leggo                                 Treasurer
 Rob Eldridge                             Secretary
 Mark Smith                                Member
  Philip Preston                              Member
 Karim Kaufman                           Member
 Nicqui Yazdi                            BUDDI Rep
  Stephanie Sims           Staff Representative

Byron Youth Service Workers

Di Mahoney                                                        Director
  Deb Pearse                               Mullum - Youth Connections
Melissa Honey                                         Links 2 Learning
Tegan Rowles                                              Youth Worker
Rosalie Bryant                          Byron - Youth Connections
Stephanie Sims                                   Fundraising/Events
Kate Reed                                Project U-Turn Coordinator
David, Jemma, Luke, Marti & Traci
Casual Youth Workers


Community Project Workers 

Steve, Odette & Angela                              BCC Flexi-School
Chad Kolcze                                             The Uncle Project
Lisa Apostolides                  BYTE Youth Theatre Co-ordinator
 Nicqui Yazdi                                 BUDDI CDAT Co-ordinator
Phil Preston                                STEER Project Coordinator