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November E-News 
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Latest News
Courses, Programs & Activities
Outreach Program
Byron Youth Service Team


We will renew part of our Committee of Management during our next AGM on 17th of November 2015. We need a number of committed and capable volunteers who are ready to give a bit of their time to drive and support our work. See below for more details on how to apply.

After months of uncertainties in regard to the Byron Youth Service's financial situation, we have now secured enough funds to maintain our current programs for the coming year. This would not have been possible without the amazing level of support we have received from a number of our community members but also and mostly without the decision the Department of Family and Community Services to renew their financial contribution to our key programs supporting the youth of the Byron shire.

In parallel, as mentioned in a previous newsletter, NSW Government's 2015-16 Public Reserves Management Fund Program approved a $140,000 grant to upgrade the Youth Activity Centre, which is managed by Byron Youth Service.

We have also recruited a new Manager, Pascal Rigaldies, who joined the organisation last month. He is bringing 20 years management experience in the not-for-profit sector and a great deal of enthusiasm to work with members of our community. Together we will continue supporting the youth in our community, revisit our strategy for the coming 2 years and raise the funds needed to secure our financial position and expand our programs for and with young people. 

Exciting times!

Until next time, stay safe...

From all of us @ BYS 
Byron: 6685 7777
Mullum: 6684 3086

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 Byron Youth Service
Our Youth deserve your support!
Byron Youth Service is seeking people with experience in 
Management, Human Services or Social Enterprise 
as well as interested members of the community and young people to apply to be on our voluntary Committee of Management. 

The committee is integral to the delivery of much needed new and self-sustainable services for our youth, today, in 2016 and beyond. 

Members will be voted in during our AGM, scheduled on

  Tuesday, November 17th at 5pm
For discussion & details on how to apply please contact
Pascal Rigaldies - 0476 391 848 or
David Kyd - 0402 779 726

Nominations close Monday 16th of November -  5pm

Mullum Cottage

A busy month again at the Cottage, nearly the end of the school year but we have a couple of new participants in programs bringing the number of young people participating in programs and individual support and case management to 49.
All groups have done some brainstorming and planning about what projects they would like to engage in for the last term.
The Year 10 boys, who finish the program this year, are doing some work in Garageband on the couple of functioning computers we have left and are keen to complete a track before the end of term. Both boys' groups participated in some martial arts/non aggressive
defence training with Paul but the environment behind the Cottage didn't tick all the boxes for safety and also the weather was getting too hot.


The Year 10 girls, who also finish the program this year, have finished their tourism project with Antonia Canosa and received their certificates and vouchers, well done to them and some new skills were learnt.
Both the year 9 girls groups have decided to do a creative retrospective of this year at the Cottage, one group using a large scrapbook as the medium and the other group large sheets of coloured cardboard. The occasional advent of chips and juice continues, as does lots of discussion. The year 10 girls  have preferred to have food, lively discussion groups, visits from Jemma and the baby and lots of laughs with various apps.


Eloise spoke to the Year 9 girls about Bubble Soccer in Mullumbimby and emailed information and forms for me to pass on to the other groups.
Although participants were extremely keen, the cancelling of free transport had a major impact and many weren't able to attend, transport
is a major issue for young people who live in the north of the shire. 
Kuatarina also came for a discussion group and told stories of her travels through Asia, South America and the Middle East.

Recent good news from two participants from the 2008 program. Pip Palmer has given birth to her first healthy baby and Zoe Minnis managed to capture the moment she was proposed to. Congratulations girls, very happy for you both.

Courses - Programs  - Activities 
The Certificate II Hospitality and Events Management Course is off to a great start with 13 young people between the ages of 16-18 joining us at the YAC for Term 4.
The team are learning a range of skills that will enhance the likelihood of employment in the hospitality and events industries and is a mix of theory and practical skills.
Last week Pepe from Pepe's Pizza, Byron Bay generously donated his time and expertise to teach the group how to make authentic Italian Pizzas (thank you Pepe!) and last week we are visiting The Farm for a tour of the kitchen and the gardens.
We are looking forward to more day trips to local businesses and suppliers as well as visits from industry specialist in the coming weeks.



Please call Lotte if you want to book a stall - 0490026840

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Tuesday 24th November
Tuesday 15th December
 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

Thank you to Byron Bay Coffee Co for donating coffee for our courses!


Byron Youth Service



The Safer Learner Driver Course is a combined theoretical and practical Course for under 25 year-old learner drivers who have completed 50 hours of log book driving hours. The Course involves two Modules:

  • Module one: A three-hour facilitated group discussion on how to manage risks on the road. This will involve a maximum of twelve participants and will be delivered by a facilitator.
  • Module two: A two-hour in-vehicle coaching session to develop low-risk driving strategies. This will involve two participants and a coach.

Participants who complete the course will receive a bonus of 20 hours credit recorded in their learner driver log book.



  • BYS is an RMS authorised Course Provider
  • The Course costs a total of $140 for both modules.
  • Participants may enjoy completing the Course with a friend particularly for the in-vehicle session. 
  • For more information please contact:
Steffie on 6685 7777 or email
or book directly
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Byron Youth Theatre have the pleasure of  working with 6 young people who have different disabilities , or they like to say, different abilities on the  project titled OUTSPOKEN.  This project is funded by the Fundability Program, Northcott, facilitated by Lisa Apostolides and Michael Hennessy (Artistic Director of SPRUNG Integrated Dance company).  Alison Toft has been engaged as Interpreter and signer for our rehearsals to assist those with partial hearing and for hearing impaired audience members in our performances.
"Our cast of 18 have dived into a collaboration to create a theatrical performance exploring issues of identity, belonging and inclusivity in the community.  The bonds which have already formed between cast members is really inspiring.  There are so many talented young people in this project, it's going to be a very powerful performance
Performances will be held at the Drill Hall, Mullumbimby on
MONDAY 30th NOVEMBER 10-12noon

In December BYT will receive some more professional training including physical theatre and practical preparation to enter the Acting profession.
We welcome all support from the community, whether it be resources, snacks, materials for set and prop construction and donations.
Director Lisa Apostolides is busy writing grant applications to ensure the Company will keep thriving in 2016 with at least 2 extremely important projects which youth audiences have nominated BYT to focus on.
For more information contact Lisa :
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Byron Youth Service Team

Management Committee

  David Kyd                              Chairperson
Pascal Rigaldies                         Manager
Teeya Blatt                        Vice President
Ian Leggo                                Treasurer
 Mark Smith                                Member
 Caston Smith                              Member
 Kristie Clifton                              Member
  Stephanie Sims            Staff Representative

Byron Youth Service Workers

Pascal Rigaldies                                                Manager
Deb Pearse                               Mullum Youth Coordinator
 Rosalie Bryant                           Byron - Youth Coordinator  
Stephanie Sims                                    Fundraising/Events
Kate Reed                                          Course Coordinator 
Lotte Boer                                      Byron Flea Coordinator
Jonathan Edwards                                              Accounts
David Dalton                                               Street Cruise
Community Project Workers 

Steve & Liz                                    Byron Community Centre
Chad Kolcze                                             The Uncle Project
Morag Roseby                                          The Uncle Project
 Lisa Apostolides                      BYT Youth Theatre Co-ordinator
Nicqui Yazdi                                  BUDDI CDAT Co-ordinator