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


February was long this year and full for BYS. In addition to our monthly Flea Market, Barista and Safer Driver courses, and our weekly boys groups and girls groups, we are planning many new things for the upcoming months. March will start with the launch of the inaugural Barefoot Movies on the 4th, so grab a rug, a snuggly friend, kick off your shoes and enjoy a feed while watching a movie under the stars! Also in March, the Certificate II in Hospitality and Events Management starts on the 7th. We also have other ideas too tender yet to bring to the open, so watch this space!
February also saw much fundraising for BYS. Nudge Nudge Wink Wink held a fundraising raffle at the Billinudgel Pub and raised $1250 for us. Thank you Sut and Laura and support crew for your time and efforts. Also, Byron Bay Bamboo sponsored us as the charity of the day for their Open Day and raised over $800 for BYS. Thank you Kaye and her team. Both the Rails in Byron and the Brunswick Pub hosted our raffle fundraising, and allowed us to walk amongst the punters, selling tickets, having a chat and promoting our service.  Thank you to our supporters and all who contributed!
When it comes to money, it is not well known that BYS is sustained by grants and these are distinct from fundraising. Grant funds are unpredictable, and although they are much appreciated, the spending of them is restricted to the criteria as set out by granting bodies. Fundraising through the community provides us with unrestricted funds, makes us able to respond to our particular community needs, to be innovative, and to provide young people in the Byron Shire with events and programs that suit them. Our aim this year is to increase our fundraising side so that we may do that. We hope to grow our Regular Direct Deposits member base, which means that for as little as $10/month, individuals can contribute to making BYS sustainable, so that we may serve the youth of Byron Shire well into the future. Click here to donate!
On behalf of BYS staff, Committee of Management, volunteers, students and young people, a sincere thank you to all our supporters! March on!

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

Latest News

Mullum Cottage

Programs and case management are happening again at the Cottage with some new participants in two new Year 9 groups. 
The Year 10 boys have begun their healthy, active living program with Rick Newman, which combines physical activities and tasks, teamwork and competitions as well as information on healthy eating and living as a teenager in todays world. There are four new participants in that group. As with all groups, they also eat together as part of the program. 

The new Year 9 boys will commence the same program at the start of March.

Two year 10 girls groups have continued this year and both groups are brainstorming ideas for fundraising. We have some interesting ideas so far and it's a work in progress. All group participants are asked, where possible, to contribute $15 per term towards food, to help offset some of the costs involved in trying to provide reasonably healthy meals. 


It was a happy birthday to Izzy this month, we try to always celebrate with a cake, sometimes it's the only cake they get.

The new Year 9 girls group have commenced, more participants to join when parental permission notes are completed from the school.
They have decided they would like to start with the 'emotion box' project.


One of the many things I love about my job is having previous participants call in and let me know their successes, struggles and achievements. Some of those young people this month were Harley (aboriginal dance), some time with Shenisse, and Jasmin with her beautiful daughter Mae, and visits to the Cottage from Lilly and Kyla (now Year 11), Emily (now employed) and Hanna and Inbar (also now in Year 11).

Byron Youth Service
Byron Community Campus

We started off 2016 with small numbers but as the school year progresses more students are accessing this alternate education program. 

We have 9 students enrolled at present covering subjects from Year 7 to Year 12 which include English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, PDHPE, and some elective subjects.
This program is funded by the Department of Education, however the Byron Youth Activity Centre (YAC) offers the space for free and also offers alternate courses and access to all Youth Work expertise!
Month Year

Pepe's Pizza, Crepes and hot and cold drinks will be available from 6.30pm

Other BYS Fundraising events on the calendar

BLUESFEST phone charging and breathalyser stalls.
Thursday 24th to Monday 28th
Coma and say hi!

coming to the YAC!

Thank you!

We raised $1250 

We raised $142

We raised $826 

Please let us know if you have any fundraising ideas BYS can be involved in!
Call Steffie on 6685 7777 or email

Courses - Programs  - Activities 

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

Next Module 1 Course:

Wednesday 16th March - 4.30 to 7.30 


Please call Lotte if you want to book a stall - 0490026840
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Thursday 17th 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

Thank you to Byron Bay Coffee Co for donating coffee for our courses!
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Byron Youth Theatre are just completing their research, interviewing and surveying for the 
upcoming production No One Way which explores issues faced by LGBTIAQ+ youth.  Many thanks to the 78 people who completed our online survey and to all those wonderful people we have been interviewing.  Next we will move into development through improvisation of scenes.  This production is due to go to schools and a public performance offered in May that has been funded by Country Arts Support Program, Regional Arts NSW. 
We are pleased to welcome two new members to our Company, Rainer and Marco, who have jumped straight into our new production!
Here's a photo of most of the Company after one of our rehearsals
If you want to find out more about BYT please call Lisa on 0403023693

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!  


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Byron Youth Service Team

Management Committee 2015

Kristie Clifton                           Chairperson
Michael Goldberg                         Secretary
Ian Leggo                                  Treasurer
 Mark Smith                                   Member 
Alex Croall                                   Member
Stephen Marriott                            Member
Rainor Congdon            Youth Representative
Stephanie Sims             Staff Representative
Teeya Blatt                        Interim Manager

Byron Youth Service Workers

Teeya Blatt                                           Interim Manager
Deb Pearse                               Mullum Youth Coordinator
 Rosalie Bryant                           Byron - Youth Coordinator  
Stephanie Sims                                       YAC Coordinator 
Lotte Boer                                      Byron Flea Coordinator
Chad Kolcze                                    Hospitality Coordinator
Jonathan Edwards                                              Accounts
David Dalton                                               Street Cruise
Community Project Workers 

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