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Byron Youth Service Team

The work of supporting young people in need of a hand through challenging times is very much under way for 2014 at BYS. A big thanks for all of the welcoming messages and introductions I have received from around the Shire. One of the reasons Lisa and I were drawn to the district was the sense of community we hoped we would find here. It is certainly feeling like we will! I am and will be for a little while yet pretty heads down and focussed on learning more about the very many services and relationships that make it possible for BYS to support so many young people. In time I hope to meet many more of the people from around the district who are so important to the work we do.

And if you are keen to make a difference in the lives & futures of young people in our community check out our regular giving program on

Keep your entries coming for SNAP! 2014 Youth Photography Competition & Exhibition! 
Artist entries close on Tuesday 25th of March!
Exhibition at the YAC on Thursday 3rd of April at 6pm.
Thanks to all the wonderful sponsors for their support once again! 

Take care, 

Peter McGlennon & all at BYS

Byron: 6685 7777
Mullum: 6684 3086  


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Mullumbimby Youth Cottage

"The Mullumbimby Arm of Byron Youth Service at the Cottage has got off to a rocking start.
This term there will be five groups running each week and Deb can be contacted on 0409170062 to
make appointments for individual support and case management.  A recent donation by Andrew Hall
has meant we could purchase a new activity table and a super blender for juices and smoothies. The
blender is part of a focus on healthy living and a move toward yummy drinks rather than non nutritional pizza.
Along with that is some information about what fruits and vegetables provide energy and nutrition and the 
benefits of greens such as kale. I had expected the most resistance from the boys but was happily proved wrong. :)
We are also endeavouring to make the kitchen a more pleasant and healthy place to cook in so if anyone has cookware in good condition that they would like to donate please contact Deb. 
Many thanks to Ang McDermott and Eve Jeffery who have got the ball rolling by donating some great cooking implements so we can do cooking groups. 
Girls' groups are working on some creative and artistic projects, more on that next month."


Thank you YWAM - Youth with a Mission  
For giving our gardens, music room and office a much needed spruce up. We really value and appreciate all the help you give to Byron Youth Service!

BYS Charity of the Day @ Byron Markets

 Thank you to Byron Markets, volunteers - Ian, Teneil, Marti and Richard and everyone that donated money. 
Your generosity is truly appreciated!  
Shev & I @ Byron Markets  


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BYT 2014
 Byron Youth Theatre



Byron Youth Theatre is well underway in researching and devising their latest theatrical production for PASH ( Positive Adolescent Sexual health) conference which will be held at the Regional Sports and Cultural Centre in Byron on
April 10th & 11th.

The Company members have elected to explore 6 main areas to base their scene work on, sexual orientation and identity, first experiences, sex & the law, religion, S.T.I.s, love and intimacy.  So far the process has involved research, interviews, trust exercises, movement and body awareness activities, sharing personal experiences, exploring theatrical structure and forms & fun games to enable the new members to bond with the whole Company.
"It is a challenging area to explore with young people but BYT has extraordinary members who are willing to engage at a high personal level.  I really commend the new members too as they have already committed well to the whole process"  : Lisa Apostolides". 


BYS Creative Arts Collective FREE Workshops



Empowering young people aged 12-24 to be creative & enterprising!


Learn how to make hand made art books and jewellery

then make profits by selling your work though local shops.



School Term 2:

9 x Wednesday afternoon sessions from 4 to 6pm

commencing April 30th and ending June 25th



Byron Youth Activity Center

1 Gilmore Crescent Byron Bay


For more information or to enrol contact Artist & course Tutor

Gisela Conechado on 0410161747

Courses Programs & Activities

Youth Connections Program 2014 

Photo credit: Shakirra Gream - Winner for 2008 SNAP Youth Photography Competition 


Youth Connections (YC) fosters a positive future for our community through the empowerment of 'at-risk' youth aged 11-19.

The YC program works with Byron and Mullumbimby high schools, other organisations, families & individuals to identify young people who may be experiencing barriers to successful learning outcomes.

YC then supports those young people to remain engaged in education or secure employment opportunities. YC supports clients to build personal resilience & address barriers in their life and is delivered at both the Byron Youth Activity Centre (YAC) & the Mullumbimby Cottage.


Young People who are in need of support can come down to the YAC 

1 Gilmore Crescent Byron Bay 

& speak to a youth worker 

Monday to Thursday, 10am - 3pm.

>In.scibe< is a new Byron Shire Youth Arts Mentoring Project. It is an opportunity for youth in the shire to get involved with other creative youths in an 8 week program. The program will involve arts mentoring, exploration into the diverse field of street art*, creative personal exploration, group work and guest regional artists, leading into the opportunity to >in.scribe< your own creative voice in the production on Street Art in Mullumbimby, Brunswick Heads & Byron Bay. This is a pilot program in conjunction with KULCHA JAM & Regional Arts Fund

*Street Art can involve any art in the public sphere, murals, installations, participatory, environmental, installments, moss graffiti, sculptural....


APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN for project starting in mid April.

Only 10 Places available for further information, referrals and application process contact: Karma Barnes 0450707709  Nic Kain 0403991222


Parenting Program  



Invites parents & caregivers of teens to join in a FREE eight week


Parenting Teenagers Program


 Every Monday from 1pm-3.00pm

 (from 5th May to 23rd June 2014)


 The Byron Youth Activity Centre 

I Gilmore Crescent Byron Bay


 The program will focus on skills and information that may assist you to

improve your relationship with your teenager!


     For more information or to book call Rosalie Bryant on  0431 524 044

The Grommet category of the Bluesfest Busking Comp has now been running for two years and is developing into something unimaginable with its reach expanding to include national interest.

The comp heats are being held at the


Byron YAC on the 12th and 13th April 2014 


for the third year running. The finals are then held at the Beach Hotel in Byron on Good Friday the 18th April 2014. Three lucky performers are selected from the heats to battle it out at the Beach Hotel in front of a packed establishment of music fans as the buzz of Bluesfest filters into the Beachy.

The opportunities and prizes are ever expanding and 2014 is going to see the Comp reach new milestones. Please spread the word that applications are now open for the Grommet Comp with applications already appearing a plenty. For further information and applications visit the Bluesfest website


Last year's winners Nick & Sam spending some time with Xavier Rudd as part of their prize! 

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Tuesday 18th March
   4 to 7pm
Ages 15 to 24
Byron Youth Activity Centre
1 Gilmore Crescent Byron Bay
To book a place call Steffie on 6685 7777
 Byron Bay Coffee Co
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On behalf of the STEER project I would like to extend our sympathies and support to families and friends in grief after recent car crashes in this region.


There is a lot we are doing and can do to reduce suffering. Resilience based road safety education has been shown to reduce the likelihood of car crash by almost 50%. Providing youth and parent/carers with the best resources, information and support during the transition from L to P plates will increase the likelihood young people get where they want to go.


The Safer Drivers Course for Learners is a new statewide Course developed by the NSW Centre for Road Safety. STEER are proud to be providers of the Course and encourage all young drivers to participate. The Course is generally run every fortnight at the Byron Youth Service and participants receive 20hrs off their logbook at completion.


Parents and supervising drivers are another crucial part of creating safe young drivers. Young people learn a lot by observing their parents and supervising drivers. We are hearing students share stories of parents speeding...driving whilst on mobile phones and not knowing the correct procedure for entering and leaving a roundabout. To assist parents and supervising drivers  STEER will be holding a "Monkey See Monkey Do"evening at the  

Mullum Civic Hall on Thu 10th April at 7pm. 

A combination of discussion, film, activities and trivia will help parents and supervising drivers be the best role models possible for young drivers.

Outreach Program

  BYS bus

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








for allowing us to park the bus on their property!  


Your donations are invaluable!

Click on link below to donate!

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Byron Youth Service Team

Management Committee

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

Byron Youth Service Workers
Peter McGlennon                                             Director
Deb Pearse                          Mullum - Youth Connections 
Rosalie Bryant                        Byron - Youth Connections
Stephanie Sims                                 Fundraising/Events
David, Jemma, Marti & Traci
Casual Youth Workers


Community Project Workers 

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