Lilydale Youth Hub

Messages of support for the Lilydale Youth Hub

We are asking the community to raise their voice for youth mental health in the Yarra Ranges as part of our campaign to secure funding and keep the Hub open beyond 2022.

We’ve received over 260 messages so far!

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Last updated 23/11/22

Resident, Croydon  
Mental health is very important for everyone  and especially for  our youth. Please provide the funding.

Parent 33, MOUNT EVELYN
I am the Proud parent of a teen who goes to the Lilydale youth hub. We moved to the area early 2020 and along with the whole world got hit with the covid lockdowns. Unfortunately, this happens when My son just moved schools to a whole new area, turned 11 Prime emotional developmental stage and then was stuck at home, his new home for Months on end. If you ask him, it was years, and to this I can understand.

Once things started to calm down it was off to a new school for him- High school. We all remember what that was like but try starting high school with all that high school has to offer with a bunch of kids who are socially and emotionally in Grade 5 while dealing with the raging hormones of year 7. Trust me this is not something I would wish upon anyone!

Through all this Turmoil My son had a friend (who I cannot thank enough) who introduced him to the AMAZING ‘Lilydale Youth Hub’. There are days that I quite literally consider them as life Savers. My boy unfortunately struggles with some deep seeded mental health issues and there have been times we are sincerely concerned about how he is going to make it through but without a doubt every time he comes home from youth hub, he has a smile on his face and a good story to share (when he wants to, you know 13 and all).

The beautiful staff treat him like a person he tells me and for that and the help they have given him over the last 8 months I will be forever grateful.

As I sit here writing this, I have tears running down my face. Not only for the amazing staff and the ‘what will they do next’ thought but also for my boy. How will he cope? Where will he go that he feels safe? Who will be there for him in those down times when he just needs someone to talk to who will understand? (Because we all know parents never understand) I unfortunately don’t have all the money in the world to pay for psychology or psychiatry as much as I wish I did, but hey even if I did the wait times are a mile and a half long since there are so many kids out there in the same position. Losing the youth hub will undoubtedly affect the mental health of so many of our sons and daughters in the area, the need for specialized services will grow and unfortunately those wait lists will grow along with it.

Once again thankyou to all the incredible staff who have helped my boy and many other like him over the years – there are not enough words out there to express the gratitude of my family.

Service professional, Lilydale 
I am a social worker who is currently working with a young person who is attending the Lilydale Youth Hub, and who has a case manager, and is absolutely heart-broken to know that this support will no longer be available to her if funding is not extended. Lilydale Youth Hub has been a huge light in this YP’s life, providing the most warm, friendly, approachable and safe place for her to go to and be herself. The recent PRIDE ball was just one of many moments where The Hub gave her a sense of community and happiness. I really hope that The Hub can be saved and funding will be extended, it’s an invaluable service to young people all across the Outer East!

Young person 17, Coldstream   
Even though I haven’t been at the hub the longest my time there has helped me make new friends and allow myself to be happier with my overall self. The team is always there and I frequently enjoy having conversations with them.

Barbara 75, Boronia
As the parent of a child with mental health illness l know the importance of readily available support for them. I implore the government to continue with funding for this extremely important cause.

Megan 44, Boronia        
I believe that this is an important service and should be continued.

Andy 46, Mooroolbark
Please keep this great service going.

Daniel 45, Kalorama
Help them keep up the good work!

De-anne 36, Launching place     
This is a fantastic hub and needs as much community support to keep it going for young people

Katrina Ellis 46, Lilydale               
Please fund Lilydale Youth Hub!! It is an essential service for the Youth of the Yarra Ranges!!!

Resident 51, Coldstream    
This is a great service and we would love it to be funded and continued.

Ilene Dyer 41, Coldstream          
A needed place for like minded place to interact.

Resident 45, Lilydale   
Can’t have enough youth help services these days and lilydale hub is great at providing opportunities and support.

Bill Spurrier 69, Sherbrooke    
An organisation that supports young people with activities that gives them a sense of community and keeps them out of trouble is a very good thing.

Sebastian 21, Chirnside park     
I believe in the power youth workers have over the life’s of the youths they work with, and as a graduating youth worker I believe we owe it to the youth to invest in their future.

Cat 43, Mount Evelyn   
This service plays a vital role in the Lilydale community and surrounding areas. I’m still in shock as to why funding has been pulled with knowing how many local youths use the service.  The benefits they receive from this programme is life changing. If it was to shut down, there will be a lot of broken hearts and a lot of misplaced youths.

Gwen 16, Lilydale 
I haven’t used the hub much but a lot of my friends do and I’ve seen how much it has benefited them and it would be a massive designating to the community if the hub was closed.

Parent, Mooroolbark    
My daughter (16) desperately needs some mental health support services and all of the places she has referrals to the wait time is forever. She needs support now not 2 years down the track!! The Lilydale Youth Hub is a place that is very much needed and I am extremely saddened and disappointed to see that is closing down due to lack of funding. I would happily fund it myself to ensure that the local youth had a service to support their mental health that is suffering especially now after covid. Sadly being a mother to 6 children I don’t have the means but the government does, and one million percent should.

Parent, Millgrove           
My 13 year old daughter is super anxious and struggles to make friends. She started attending Lilydale Youth Hub in the school holidays of first term this year and has been going regularly since.  She also now has a case worker who is working with us and her school to best support her.

Just knowing she has a safe place to go and a safe person she can trust in her case worker is already starting to make such a difference in our lives.

We are devastated that Lilydale Youth Hub is potentially having to close it’s doors.  It will leave a massive hole in the support and mental health of our young people.

Leche Fromme, Melton
Early intervention is paramount to identifying, responding and treating or supporting young people experiencing mental illness. We need more funding, not less. Our young people, families and society depends on it.

Naomi Mccombe 46, Kilsyth
Please keep funding for this, there is so little out here.                  

Andrew Henley 39, Mooroolbark       
I have just been made aware of the situation facing Lilydale Youth Hub and am very sorry that I haven’t been across it sooner. Youth mental health is such an important preventative measure, funding must be continued.                       

Professional, Mitcham
I have watched a young person be completely enveloped by the support provided by the Lilydale Youth Hub, which has helped her find her way from mental health and engaging with risky behaviour to returning to school, engaging in many of the Hub’s programs and thinking about her future in a positive way.

Without the Youth Hub, there will be many young people who don’t have the support they need to re-engage with the community in a positive way.

15 year old, Hoddles Creek  
My daughter started attending the Hub a few months ago. Her case manager and team have been so fantastic. The staff are incredibly supportive, and provide a service that goes above and beyond therapy. Attending regular sessions tailored to my daughter’s needs means she can explore her wellbeing options in a non-clinical environment without feeling pressure or judgement. 

Resident, Tecoma  
Please keep this vital service going!

Helen 51, Upwey 
Please don’t stop the funding of the Lilydale Youth Hub. Our current young potentially people need more help than they have for decades. It’s important, it helps, it supports children and their families and communities.

Please keep funding the Lilydale Youth Hub – and create many more.

Chris 74, Lilydale   
Dear Dan,

If you care and REALLY care, please do something about this before it’s too late.

Your actions here could make a great deal of difference by continuing this excellent service. Imagine if it were your children who needed help and care. Think how many lives this has helped and how many kids have benefitted. – and this is just one small programme! (Should be more!) I know that you are extremely busy – but you would benefit from visiting The Hub.

If you can find AUD 15 million to sponsor netball – which is absolutely great – can’t you find any money to continue this programme?  – For their mental wellbeing – to extend love and care towards the kids of today to help them to become better adults for tomorrow.  This mental health assistance programme could save lives and think how much money it could save in the long run? Everyone is raving on about Mental Health, and so they should – so do something about it!

This programme is vitally important to the youth of this area – please don’t let it die – so that it may help them to live.

23 year old, Mount Evelyn          
Having a safe space to turn to in the Yarra Valley (Youth Hub) has had a profound impact on my mental health. The healthy relationships I’ve built, skills I’ve learnt and opportunities I’ve been given have hugely improved my confidence and helped me grow as a person.

The sense of community that the staff have created in the hub is so warm and welcoming, I finally feel like I have somewhere I belong and am valued.

Without the hub there’s nowhere for me and my friends to drop into, no supportive adults to openly talk to, no easy access to services, no activities for us to do after hours and so much more that will be ripped away from us.

The Youth Hub is a service that is so well utilised and needed, for it to be closed would be detrimental to the well-being of its users and wider community of young people who are yet to discover the brilliance it has to offer.

The Youth Hub is doing so many amazing things, but has so much work left to do, don’t stop that and leave us stranded. We need this space to stay! Please don’t rip it away from us.

Roger Byrne 77, 3185    
Through recent years I have become aware of the incredible stresses that are being placed on our younger population. This causes significant anxiety and depression leading to other health impacts. I became aware of the work being done by the Lilydale hub and believe that it’s inclusive approach to assisting youth suffering these issues.

Totally warrants the continuation of its nominal funding.

Michelle Large 55, Mt Evelyn  
I am a mum and I truly feel these services in Lilydale are vital and can not be shut down. We don’t need to take more away from young people they need more support than ever. The Lilydale hub offers support and a safe haven to so many. Do not shut it down.               

Calvin Potter 58, Lilydale  
Please don’t make another senseless decision! Keep the Lilydale Youth hub open. Lilydale is such a great place to grow up this Youth hub makes it even better.

Resident 55, Lilydale 
The Youth Hub has provided so many of our youth with a support safe place to go after school. They get to expand their friendships, engage in fun activities guided by a highly dedicated support of the Hubs team. I have heard nothing but  positive feedback from students. The one on one support provided to students in such a welcoming environment has been invaluable. In my view it is an essential support for the youth in the Yarra Ranges.           

Mel Zonca, Ringwood 
This is a much-needed community service doing great work that needs the much deserved funding to continue this work. The community needs these services now more than ever.               

Cooper Allard 15, Lilydale  
The Lilydale youth hub is really nice play to be able to come to after school and relax with friends, it also has really helped my mental health being able to talk to one of the staff if I need to, the youth hub is a really good place for people to de stress and get help with any problem they may need.           

Paediatrician, Lilydale  
The Lilydale Youth Health Hub is providing vital services to adolescents and young people in our outer eastern area. It must continue to provide this care and support! 

Young person 15, Lilydale      
The Lilydale youth hub is a great place to de-stress and it helps me with my mental health.               

Young person 12, Lilydale  
I have someone who goes there and it helps them.

Sophie Stafford, KILSYTH SOUTH 
As someone who has a very personal experience of how services like this can be absolutely transformational. I can draw a 25 year line backwards to when my life was turned around and can see the clear point of intervention that changed everything for me.

As someone who grew up in the Yarra Valley, I can say that these services have and always will be vital for the health of the whole community. As someone who understands the level of resourcing and collective commitment it takes to build these types of services, I simply cannot believe the senseless decision to allow this service to be cast away.

Please do better and be better for our community.               

JANE BIENIAK 62, Berwick
There is such a need for mental health support, especially in outlying areas.

The situation has been made worse with Covid and all that came with it.

The government has a responsibility to keep funding this area. It should not be up for debate! Just maintain the funding!

Parent 45, Mount Evelyn
As a local parent I believe that the work of Lilydale Youth hub is vitally important. My kids have not visited the hub itself but have benefited from some of their outreach work at school. The youth of the Yarra Ranges need this service!               

Annie Hardham 70, Drouin    
To our elected representatives in government, please continue funding the Lilydale Hub, a necessary resource that supports our youth struggling with mental health issues, especially significant in these unprecedented times of natural disasters.               

Resident 37, Malvern
The work being done is having an impact! I’m not from the area but it is supporting my family that live in the area.                

Cat 38, Croydon  
The Hub is changing and saving the lives of Yarra Ranges young people. Don’t shut them out of a better future. They’re our future, after all.               

Mel, Mt Evelyn
My kids go here, they have participated in activities and got to know people who can help them if they need. They have made friends. Without this they would be home alone on screens after school. It benefits their mental health now and for the future.

Parent, Badger Creek
My daughters only recently found the hub. The team have been so welcoming and kind.

The holiday activities were wonderful.

Recently they attended the Pride Formal. What an amazing night. A safe and fun filled space filled with so much joy.

It will really be a shame to lose such an asset to our youth. It is much needed.               

Jessica Murphy 38, Thornbury  
This is important. We’re with you.             

Lisa Murphy 49, Blackburn
This hub is helping my niece find her voice, with a family history of mental illness and her having her own struggles, which COVID has not helped. The Hub has been a place where she feel safe and understood.

It is so important for her journey during the teenage years to have a place like the Hub to go to.  Continued funding should continue to enable support her all youths.

ANDREA MCGILL 50, Montrose
Youth hub must continue, they are a passionate organisation that supports and advocates for young people in our region.  A message from a mum that has seen the difference they have made.               

Liz Turner 44, Coburg
The decision to not renew the funding of the Lilydale Youth Hub looks like the LAB component of LIB/LAB wish to spite their other half and leave vulnerable young people in the east out to dry. Youth services in this region are already drastically understaffed.

To the young people of the east: you deserve so much more and your wellbeing means a lot to us in the community.

Spencer Smith 15, Lilydale   
Lilydale Youth Hub needs to secure funding from the government to keep its doors open. It has become a vital part of young people’s lives in the Lilydale area. If closed down, suicide rates would climb, drug use would climb and theft would climb.     

Parent 37, Lilydale
The hub is helping my daughter with her mental health concerns. Please do not end a vital support for children and their families.

Patricia Rolls 60, Nundah QLD  
To the councils! PHN and local politicians, please support this service. Youth mental health is ALL of our business. Our youth are the future of our society and they deserve our help. Please, please do the right thing and fund this service ongoing.             

Young person 17, Lilydale   
The government shutting down a youth mental health hub in any community is disgusting. The intentions to save funds on there budgets, will also endanger so many lives of young children in our community. You are putting a price on lives of kids.

The government has never lost a mate to suicide if this is their thinking, it sucks, it really does. How disgraceful of a government to even think this!

Resident 47, Eastwood 
Dear Government members!! Now is not the time to NOT FUND youth mental health services such as Lilydale Youth Hub! Our youth need such services which provides all types of support and advocacy. Save lives and provide life lines this is your duty of care to the future of Australia. Dear Government members, please hear our voices. We are speaking up! thank you!

Tara Nipe 53, Heidelberg West
Young people have more need for mental health support services now than ever before – early intervention not only saves lives, it can transform them.

The infrastructure, including the staff and the connections they’ve already made with other programs and young people, is already in place. Existing services are already at capacity, and there are no other similar programs tailored to this vulnerable population. If the Lilydale Youth Hub closes, there will be nowhere for these young people to go.

Funding vital services like those provided by the Lilydale Youth Hub is an investment in the futures of these young people, their communities, and Victoria.               

Service professional, Hawthorn East
I work in the area with families that rely significantly on this support. It has filled a huge gap in services, and the staff have been so amazing at supporting vulnerable young people and their families. This service is collaborative and a huge asset to this community!

Amanda Exley 53, Chirnside Park  
The Lilydale Youth Hub is not only a place to connect or receive advice, it is also a safe haven for those who have nowhere else or have no-one else they can turn to. Federally funded programs need longevity to create a sense of certainty in our communities, that will ensure our youth have a bright future and don’t become yet another statistic in an over run judicial system.               

Resident 43, Southbank        
These services are simply life saving. Not having them would be a travesty against young people and their mental wellbeing. Please, keep the centre open! 

Jen Thompson 62, Wandin North   
I don’t understand why this important Mental Health service for young people can be at risk of closing due to funding ceasing.

This is unacceptable and letting out community down. The Hub is an incredibly important life line for young people with a safe space to land without judgement.

Mental Health support in community health is hands down much more useful to young people, there is no pathologising, no judgment, skilled youth practitioners who are trauma informed and able to provide the most aligned service with the Royal Commission findings.

It is hard to create the right culture for good mental health support, this service has the holy grail – empathy and skill. Please find a way to extend this important life saving service for young people in our community.                

Yarra Ranges Parent, Mooroolbark     
My teenage daughter has attended the Lilydale Youth Hub with her friends. It is a wonderful place full of caring people that give the kids a haven for safe fun activities and timeout from the stresses of everyday life.

It’s also a place where kids can connect with other locals and form friendship networks that could be lifelong. Please consider continual funding as there are kids that attend who really rely on this service.    

Youth service manager, Beaconsfield  
As a Coordinator of a Youth Services in a neighbouring municipality i know the difference that spaces like the Lilydale youth hub can have on the mental health of young people through providing opportunities for them to connect with positive peers, engage in programs, build relationships with youth workers, counsellors and other professionals in order to overcome trauma and work through life stressors that impact on their wellbeing.

The closure of the Lilydale Youth Hub will have a great impact on young people, families and the broader community. Funding facilities on short term or pilot funding is detrimental to the wellbeing of young people. I support the advocacy for Lilydale Youth Hub to receive ongoing funding so that they can continue and build up on the great work they have done over the past 3 years.      

Rachel Chan 45, Ringwood North 
I am a social worker in the outer east and have a client that currently access Lilydale youth hub for support. Given the last couple of years of covid lockdowns and the impact on people’s mental health, the Lilydale Youth Hub is a vital service for young people, particularly in the Yarra Ranges.

In my professional opinion, it makes no sense to shut down a mental health youth service in this area at a time like this when the need is great. Please consider funding the Lilydale youth hub beyond 2022.

Student Counsellor, Lilydale    
Working in the wellbeing team at a local high school, I know we would be lost without the help of the Lilydale Youth Hub.

So many of our students attend the hub & love it, and in turn have made so much progress mentally & emotionally with the support of the hub staff. It has been a saviour for so many of our students, and it would be an incredible loss to the community to see it go.

The hub are able to support young people in so many different ways, providing them with access to many different services across the Yarra Ranges community. Without the hub, this just wouldn’t be possible or would be extremely difficult at best. There is no other service like it in the Yarra Ranges – please save the Hub!

Erin 24, Croydon South
As a teacher I try to support my students as best as possible while they are under our care at school. It is so important for these young people to have other support networks and ways to connect with each other. I have heard how important the Lilydale Youth Hub is to them and how it has helped build their confidence, and it would be devastating for this welcoming and safe place to close.               

Resident 50, Moorolbark   
Please continue to support our children- what our future society becomes depends on them.  

Resident 29, Mitcham  
The hub is a much needed resource for young people.     

Youth Counsellor, Mitcham
I am a youth counsellor in the local area and very concerned about the impact it would have on the young people in the area if the Hub were to close.

There is already a shortage of local services, especially those tailored to young people. Young people in our community need spaces where they feel safe, supported and connected. This is truer now than ever before given the ongoing impacts of the pandemic and lockdowns.

There is already enough stress and uncertainty for young people (not to mention workers).  The government needs to minimise this by ensuring that the Hub will be funded ongoing.  

Resident, Lilydale  
The Lilydale Youth Hub is such an important service for the local area and community.     

Casey Hodges, Mitcham   
I work with the Australian Childhood Foundation as a counsellor and I have seen the Lilydale Youth Hub provide thorough and expertise support to some of our shared clients.

The Lilydale Youth Hub have been excellent in resourcing and supporting some of our more vulnerable young people who would have gone without any additional supports due to non-school attendance if the Hub was not there to help.

I have seen the positive impact that the Youth Hub has on young people and the broader community and I am extremely worried about the negative impact the Hubs potential closure will have on the young people I know who are accessing this brilliant service.

Crispy 14, Lilydale   
The youth hub is so very very important to so many people, we would be so so lost without it, so many services these days have very long waiting lists but we are about to just walk into the hub when we want and they always offer support for any and all people. the youth hub is a beautiful and diverse place and i think we need this.

I will do all i can to save the hub, if the hub stays so many people will be more likely to stay too. it’s not easy being a teenager or a young adult in this generation, people like myself have to put up with constant bullying a day, the youth hub helps so many people push through that and they always give us awesome advice.

I, a very introverted person finds that the hub helps me to somewhat become much less introverted, i know all the staff and many many young people who go there, it’s my and many others safe place and i will NEVER stop fighting for the Lilydale youth hub. so please please help save us we love the hub and im sure you could too. 

Yarra Ranges parent 49, Mt Evelyn  
It’s comforting as a parent knowing this hub is available and local. I keep up to date with the services and have 3 kids. We need this!! 

Kayte Heard 46, Warburton    
With so many young people living with anxiety & depression, especially post-lockdown, services provided by the Youth Hub are needed more than ever. This is a safe & welcoming place for our kids to go to seek help & be heard. You are putting our young people at risk by taking this service away from our community. Mental Health services are vital!

Parent, Mooroolbark   
The last thing we need is less mental health assistance for the youth of today. Especially when there is little help further up the line towards Warburton. Keep it open.               

Parent 46, Warburton  
My child attends a local secondary school & the Youth Hub is a beneficial service for the kids in our community. It is a safe space for our young people to seek advice, support & access necessary services.

Do not take this away from our young people who need it!

Rob Webb 45, Lilydale  
I’ve been a student welfare coordinator for a number of years at Lilydale High School and it’s always been a battle to find appropriate services for our young people that they’re actually willing to use.

The hub is the first thing that’s come along since Yarra Youth Services closed that young people go to without any encouragement from us.

We have loads of our students attending the hub’s after school and holiday programs and a number are also linked in with their counsellors and youth workers. It will be a huge blow for the community if the hub shuts its doors. Please keep it open!      

Pam Tattersall 63, LILYDALE  
I work in a local High School. There are many students who seek help at school, some regularly. We only have so many staff and resources that can be available for these kids. Some where to go, be heard and listened to by people other than their families is very important. Please reconsider the funding for this centre.

It is important to the kids of Lilydale and areas around.               

Olivia 16, Lilydale     
The Lilydale Youth Hub is one of the most welcoming and friendly environments I’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting. The holiday activities have been an amazing way for me to meet new people and try out activities I may not have otherwise tried. The Lilydale Youth Hub is an integral part of the lives of local youths and can provide so much more support and good if they stay open.               

Parent 41, Croydon  
As a mum of 4 teenagers and someone who needed a service like this growing up I know how important it can be.

These days kids are under so much more pressure than ever before and to take away any form of support is just asking for trouble as well as telling our kids that they are not important enough to look after.

Before you take this service away ask yourself “what would I do if I had nowhere to turn?””

For some young people this is the case. They have no support at home and feel isolated at school. For some young people this is the only place they feel like they can turn.

So again, put yourself in their shoes and ask what you truly should do. 

Kelly Farrell 49, Kilsyth 
As an educator of adolescents I see community-based services such as Lilydale Youth Hub as providing a vital point of contact and support for vulnerable young people (of whom there are many) in our area and further out into the reaches of the Shire of Yarra Ranges.

With such an already-present strain on our health services, closing such a service as Lilydale Youth Hub can only have two outcomes – putting young people and families at risk and burdening existing services even further.

Save this service!              

Resident 43, Lilydale  
Don’t close this amazing resource. Two months ago a frightened young man experiencing a mental health and homeless crisis came into a nearby shop where I was browsing. I rang the hub as I was concerned for his safety. Staff responded straight away. You can’t put a dollar sign on help like that.

Jenni Butler 45 
Woori Yallock     With how all the kids a struggling after lockdowns for 2yrs.  This is literally the worst time to pull funding.  Leaving out kids without support.               

Jonathan 16, Warrenwood
The youth hub has been helping me with my difficulty in interacting in groups of people and I’ll find it difficult to find a group as welcoming as this one. 

Teacher, Lilydale    
As a teacher at a high school in the Yarra Valley, the Youth Hub has been an amazing support network for students.

To think that it may close due to a lack of government funding is a travesty for the young people of the area. Young people in our area need support and the government needs to address funding needs.

The assistance they provide can be life-changing.         

Kate Bright 53, Gruyere
The World Health Organization has deemed the decline in mental health in recent times to be a “global crisis”.  So many of us are anxious, depressed and suicidal.

This is the time for governments to step up and do everything they can to help alleviate the pain of all their people suffering from mental illness.  It is not the time to withdraw funding from programmes which have been set up to help those suffering and their families.

Some selfless people in my area have joined forces and worked hard against the odds of lockdowns to create the Lilydale Youth Hub.

This is a much-needed service which is greatly appreciated by the Yarra Valley community.  It provides outreach care to our struggling young people, and a physical space where they can get together and feel like they belong.

Hundreds of families have been helped.

I want our government to continue to fund the Hub indefinitely.

Please keep the funding going for the benefit of our valuable young people. It is vital. They are our future.

Yarra Ranges Parent 48, Coldstream  
As a Mother of 4 boys, this service may be vital in the future. Unfortunately, this might just be another example of Dan Andrew’s disappointing governance.             

Young person 18, Lilydale    
I was one of the young people that was spoken to during the designing of the Youth Hub back in 2019, which was one of my first experiences in having my voice heard and appreciated, which has started me on a path into other groups formed around having young people heard.

The closing of the Youth Hub would have a severely negative effect on the surrounding area as its not just a hangout but a safe space for everyone, where people of all walks of life can get the support they need. In the recovery of the pandemic we need these spaces now more than ever.

The Youth Hub has been incredibly successful in what it aimed to do, support young people, to let the space close down would be an insult to all the young people that use the space and every person that works there.

You cannot say that you care for young people if you let these spaces shut down.

Haydi Kubrak 59, Wandin north              
As a disability support worker this hub gives me various resources to help my young participants get the help they need.     

Antoinette Pitt, Montrose
Now is not the time to fail on mental health supports. With the recent tumultuous years our local youth need certainty, understanding and a safe space to be themselves. Without the “I’m OK” mask. Please continue the funding so we can keep building a healthy community               

Mental Health specialist, Healesville
Cutting mental health services when the demand is high is ridiculous.

Signed- a provisional psychologist who just today has seen a 14yo in crisis.               

Young person 17, Montrose       
This was the only place that helped me when no one else could!!!

Candice Richards 42, Yellingbo / Lilydale     
I’ve seen the amazing work and influence the youth hub has on local youth, through my work within education.   The Yarra Ranges has limited resources for youth mental health and loosing the hub would simply be a disaster.

Wait lists for support in the area are beyond 12 months, family’s are struggling with interest rate rises.  Resources such as this are needed to support the Yarra Ranges Youth, to create a stable supportive environment, reducing the long term negative impacts, such as crime.

Please don’t let a much needed resource such as this close it’s doors.

Cassandra 42, Mount Evelyn  
My child has recently found the youth hub and it has been a fantastic experience. We would hate for it to finish just as we were needing the help.          

Joanne Guccione 47,  Warranwood   
I work with youth and I am very passionate about working with them, so they feel heard. Allowing our youth to be guided through their own journey, making them feel comfortable, and embrace who they are is a rewarding experience.

I attended the seminar recently and I was in absolute ore at what the Lilydale Youth hub provides for our young people. It gives them a space to be themselves, feel supported and know they are safe. With wait lists so long for certain support modalities, the Lilydale Youth Hub is a perfect place for our carers and young people to reach out to in times of need at any level.

This community focuses on all types of therapy and they keep expanding.

I am a parent of 4 kids ranging from 21 years of age to 14 years of age, and I wish I knew about the Lilydale hub sooner.

My son has always said, he doesn’t feel comfortable with ‘traditional therapy’. Why would you take this away from our young people of today, that in turn will help shape generations to come.

As a parent and practitioner for mental health, what they do at the Lilydale hub should be funded not for a further 3 years, but FOREVER.

It should be a mandatory funding bill within the mental health banner across Federal and State Government. It should NOT be a consideration to close this facility down.            

Maekayla J 14, Lilydale
Lilydale youth hub is a place which is welcoming with support, love and care without this place i don’t know what or where i would be at this stage of life.

People struggle with a lot of things in life and having something like this is very amazing, welcoming and soothing to new people to the hub, and new residents to the community. Keeping this place open would make a difference to the community and to the people around us.               

Lisa Glassborow 44, Lilydale
At a time when the well-being and mental health of so many young people is in an unsatisfactory state, it is completely unsatisfactory to think this service is not being supported by our government.

This MUST stay open. Start-stop finding is not ok. This service needs ongoing funding.               

Shae’Lei 15, Lilydale      

the youth hub can help people bond with each over and find people they fit in with. it creates a space where people can escape from things going on in their lives. I’ve participated it some of the activities and I have opened up because of them. there is nothing else like this in my area and if it went I wouldn’t know where to turn. it hurts to know that it might not be here and others who need it might go without soon. please keep this valuable asset to helping the young people of this area open, as there is very few other places to turn.               

Thuy  31, Ringwood    
Lilydale Youth Hub is an amazing space for young people and staff! I remember walking into the Hub for the first time and immediately felt safe and welcomed and wanting to re-create this space and the feel for our own office!

Young people have benefited from the Hub in such enormous ways, it would be such a loss to the community if the Hub were to close and not operate. The Hub has filled such a big gap in the community and if they were not around or available, the impacts on the community and community service organisations would be immense and felt!            

Kerri Schroder 50, Ringwood     
It can take time to build a reputation and trust from community and already the HUB is becoming well known.  I have been advising young people to drop in if in need of immediate support and informing them referrals can be made to meet their needs.

It’s a great resource for them to have in their community.  Already youth specific services are limited  in our community and with more and more not attending school, community facilities are the only advocacy and support they are getting.               

Service professional, Ringwood
I believe more than ever we need services for young people as since COVID there has been a rise in YP presenting to services in crisis and many services are overwhelmed. 

Pete Stockton 60, Ringwood  
The lilydale youth  hub has been a vital service for young disadvantaged people to find help and support. Please refund this essential service to support young people who really need help in this changing community 

Resident 44, Montrose
This is a long overdue haven for local Yarra Ranges Youth in need of a space to find support, advice, camaraderie and information. It is an absolute disgrace that it has just found its feet and it will now be taken away because of funding, especially after these young people have survived a pandemic and need these services more than ever.

Please lets help keep this in our community.         

Rachel 37, Lilydale   
The Lilydale Youth hub is an essential service for all youths in the Valley. It’s time for someone to step up!

Alysha 23, Kilsyth  
Please keep this hub ongoing. The support I’ve been given is not something that has ever been available for me  .

Tina 21, Woori Yallock 
Please keep them, they support youths in the area and really support and motivate for change.

Roger Paul 75, Lilydale 
If the shortsighted politicians do not renew the funding, then the consequences of the closure will be seen in other areas of the health system. Fixing the problem at its source is the most cost effective solution to a burgeoning problem.

Resident, Badger Creek                
Spaces like the Lilydale Youth Hub are a much needed space for our local youth.

It provides a safe welcoming space for young people to go. It is certainly needed.

Young person 12, Mount Evelyn  
Save the lilydale youth hub

Service professional, Croydon  
I am a family support worker in Lilydale and have worked with a client whose adolescent grandchildren were supported by the Youth Hub.

This service is fulfilling a need in the area which will be greatly missed if funding is discontinued.

I strongly feel that the service should be supported to continue to provide a youth specific service for the area.

Thanks.

Young person 15, Mount Evelyn              
The youth hub is a spot where I am free to express myself. It is local to where I live and is a create place I can get away from stress at home or just hang out with my friends and have something to eat. I love how inclusive they are at Lilydale youth hub. All of their fun games and activities run like on the national purple day.

Service professional, Lilydale    
I work in Lilydale in Family Services. The Lilydale Youth Hub has been of such benefit to the young people we work with. Prior to the youth hub opening there was such a lack of services for young people in the area. It will leave a huge gap in the service system if it is to close.

Elissa Cross, Lilydale      
I am a Family Services Practitioner based in Lilydale. The Lilydale Youth Hub has been a vital support for the young people we work with, who experience many different challenges including mental health issues, family issues, housing issues, etc.

There are extremely limited youth supports available in this area, and I and my colleagues would struggle to find appropriate, accessible and beneficial supports for the young people in our service if the Lilydale Youth Hub is not available.

I urge the decision makers to reconsider this decision to not continue funding for the hub, as this will have a devastating impact on many vulnerable people in this community.

Mel Staples 42, Lilydale
Please keep the youth hub open. The number of youth in need of support in constantly increasing. They need a safe space.

Resident, Healesville    
Lilydale Youth Hub is a fantastic space for young people seeking connection and mental health supports, our students have thrived after being referred to a crucial part of our community space. I know the impact this space closing will have on our young people who have experienced devastating times the past three years during COVID. Please re-consider closing this space, it will create a domino effect in our schools and our community.

Parent, Mooroolbark  
My child has been seeing Kristy and the Hub team for a few months now. Without their support, I would be at a loss of where to go or what to do to help. The whole team at the Hub should be commended for the support and assistance that is given to our kids.

Where will they go if the Hub’s doors close? Who do they turn to for help? There is already enough pressure on Welfare Teams within our schools and there are many kids that can’t access the required support.

The positive change in my child when she comes home from the Hub is amazing. Knowing that she can reach out to her case manager when she needs to is very comforting to me as a parent.

Our kids have been through hell and back for the last 2-3 years and I honestly believe there should be more of these groups within our communities.

I can’t thank you all enough for the help and encouragement that you provide to all the kids that come through your doors. It would be a huge failure by the state government to underestimate the value of the Hub and how much of a difference that you make to children’s lives.

Young person 24, Kilsyth       
This centre has been so supportive of youths in the yarra ranges. it will be an unfortunate mishap if it was to close. i have worked closely with Tania and have seen how committed this service had been with providing the necessary support for youth.

In this current time where there is a limited amount of support, lilydale youth hub had been present and ready to work to achieve the best outcome and interests for their clients.

LYH is needed in the community.

Parent 53, Montrose     
So many kids that have done this that I have in my own home from friends off my kids , it is a great place , the kids need this.

Resident 40, Lilydale
The youth hub is a vital link in the community for the youth from not only Lilydale, but also the surrounding areas. Social isolation is a big issue in the Yarra Ranges for young people. Social support and engagement, mental health support, a safe space where they can be heard and treated with care, love, respect and equality should be maintained and preserved. Where else can young people find a place like this? They already lack services. Don’t take away one of the best they have.

Leonie Drake 46, Mount Evelyn
This is a great place for our young people, nice safe environment.

Paramedic, Mt Evelyn  
Being a local Paramedic I see first hand the trauma mental health problems are creating in our youth. This amazing facility must remain active to help young people see light and hope when their lives often don’t provide that.  There were huge problems with the public mental health system before Covid and they are much worse now.  The after affects are not going away soon.  Please continue funding Lilydale Youth Hub and give our kids struggling with mental health a leg up for now and their future.

Nicole 46, Montrose      
The pandemic has impacted kids so much that they need a lot more support to heal and grow into people that have hope. Services like this are essential.

Robyn Dew, MOOROOLBARK    
Being a teacher in a secondary school, I see first hand the mental struggles students have with family life, social life and school. Some have tremendous battles, it’s a wonder any of them can cope with the demands of school on top of this. Lilydale Youth Hub is a place which provides fantastic support to students like this and it would be a tragedy to see it end.

Where do our vulnerable youth go from here? Please do not end a great resource like this, not when it is so desperately needed in our community.

Larisa Dickson 36, Mount evelyn             
I would like the lilydale youth hub to continue what they are doing because it is a great way for students to get the help and support they need.

Resident 47, Mooroolbark          
The incredibly valuable work of the lilydale youth hub needs to continue without interuption. To look back at what our children have been forced to endure over the last few years is evidence enough that our kids need these active support networks.  The staff at the Lilydale Youth Hub are passionate about supporting our youth, they provide a safe and inclusive environment for our kids to begin to rebuild their confidence in the world.

The term intergenerational trauma comes to mind. Often, this term is used to describe a small section of our communities population. I fear that without appropriate support from agencies like Lilydale youth hub, intergenerational trauma will become a larger issue that will significantly impact our future generations.

Thank you to Lilydale Youth Hub for providing support to our child. We will be forever grateful that our child is still alive and  willing to give life another try. The resources, support, and passionate care provided to our kids by Lilydale Youth Hub is priceless. We are very lucky to have this service in our area.

Parent, Wandin North  
As a parent of teens and young adults I understand how challenging life can be for our young people. They are our future and we owe it to them to do all that we can to support them through the challenges they face.  Please continue to fund the incredible work of Lilydale Youth Hub, they are needed now more than ever.

Young Person, Mooroolbark      
The Lilydale Youth Hub has done wonders for me. I have been there for over a month now and it’s been amazing.

Their staff is awesome and respectful and accepting to everyone. This is the best thing I’ve had and it’s helped so much.

It’s welcoming and accepting to all.

Parent, Coldstream       
What a fantastic place the Lilydale Youth Hub is..! Bringing MUCH NEEDED support to our kids, who are needing this kind of support now, more than ever! Coming out of such a long, scary, unknown time in the world.. the LYH brings the empathy, sympathy, escape and most importantly the support that our children so desperatly need. Our government need to understand that this is an investment in our childrens lives and futures.

Teacher, Lilydale  
The Lilydale Youth Hub is a vital support network for student at the secondary school I teach at. It means a lot to these students to have the support of the hub.

Teacher, Lilydale            
The students I support talk very positively about the Lilydale Youth Hub and how it is a great resource for them.

Teacher, Croydon Hills 
As a teacher in the local area, we have found Lilydale Youth Hub an enormous support for are struggling young people. To stop funding this initiative would be letting down dozens of young people in need.

Sophie Corbett, Lilydale              
Having worked in youthwork, alternative education and youth mental health services in the Yarra Ranges since 2003, I can vouch for the huge need for support services in the are with a physical presence that is welcoming and accessible. The demand for supports is significant out here and is only increasing in the wake of the pandemic and the multiple lockdowns we all endured. Many young people and families live in areas with limited services and limited access to these services.

Its critical that we have spaces where young people can access trusted and supportive adults to guide them in managing their mental health, developing sexuality/gender identity and just finding their way in life with school, relationships and career pathways etc. They also need spaces where they can create connections with peers, particularly given the impact lockdowns had on people’s social anxiety.

Youth mental health services are at capacity and unable to meet the need, so much work and funding has already gone into creating the youth hub space and recruiting the passionate staff, its would be absolutely shameful to see it close now.

Daniel, 15
The Lilydale Youth Hub is such an important service and space.

It has given me somewhere to feel safe from what ever my problems may be and also to be able to give me the help I need to get better with my mental health.

I go and attend some of the activities run during the week and also over the school holidays and its a welcoming space with something for everyone to do.

My life wouldn’t be the same without the lilydale youth hub and im so greatfull for everything they have done to help me get though challenging times.

Maria Antoniou 44, Kilsyth 
The government owes it to our children to allow a place like this to exist. How can you allow this place to close? Please re consider and fund for a great cause.

Think about this generation and how badly they need this. A safe space.

Don’t let this place shut down.

I just found out about it but now can’t send my child here because I know she will get attached and love it. Then I have to deal with telling her oh it’s only fir this year. As an asd child I can’t do that to her. So sad.

Harry 18, Chirnside  
I’ve known about the youth hub for less than a year and in that time I have already made some amazing friends and had some awesome times hanging out with people there.

The youth hub is a place where anyone can be who they are and have fun doing it. 

Tina 36, woori yallock   
I’m an employment coach for SYC – the hub is a place that i refer all my youth to – even those without significant mental health as the hub has some great programs and some of the YP have even stated that they love how inclusive there programs are they find it to be a way to keep busy and keep off the streets. Finally for the first time i actually felt that they got this right and to hear that it possibly would be closing is just a disaster — our Youth were hurt so badly after COVID i just cant bare to have my clients go back wards in there recovery due to the ” lack of funds banner”… fingers crossed —- so happy to have such a great program               

Steph Cummings 50, Seville     
We need to do everything that we can to empower and strengthen our young people. The Hub has been instrumental in not only equipping and supporting young people… it has saved lives. We need this resource. Please continue to invest in our young people. They deserve the very best. 

Leading Senior Constable Linda Hancock, Lilydale      
As Police we engage with the Hub and find it an extremely valuable service for our youth.  There are very limited services in the Outer East for you and this hub strongly supports our community.                

17 year old, Lilydale   
Save the Hub!!!  We need it!!      

21 year old, Lilydale  
The Lilydale Youth Hub has become an important part of the community. It provides a much needed, non-judgemental, safe space for young people to come and seek help with their mental health, socialise and engage in activities. Young peoples mental health is often side-lined, when in fact it should be front and centre of local and state governments agenda. Thankfully, the Youth Hub has become a sanctuary for young people and it must continue to be. Fund the Youth Hub!       

Resident, Kalorama   
Support community engagement and keep options open to the generation of kids that face more challenges then ever before.

Parent, Glen Huntly    
My friend’s daughter really benefits from the youth hub. We need more support for young people’s mental health, not less. It would be a shame to lose such a valuable program.

Dan McGill 49, Montrose       
The Youth Hub has been a great source of support for my daughter

Suzanne Burnett 43, Lilydale     
Please support Lilydale hub. I have three young boys and I’d love to know this service is available locally if they ever need it               

Resident 39, Mount Evelyn      
It would be such a shame to lose something that brings the youth in the community so much joy and help when needed.              

Natalie Angelico, Mooroolbark
Please keep this going it’s a fantastic area for teenagers like my son who looks forward to this on a Thursday. He is suffering from searve mental illness and soon will be appointed a case worker,  which he would benefit from this. 🙏🙏🙏 Please keep it going.  This is a positive environment keeping kids like my son out of trouble and off the streets with a variety of events throughout the week.

Resident, Chirnside Park   
You need to support these places like you support injecting rooms!!

Anne Young 47, Chirnside Park
Adolescents need more services, after these years of Covid they are all struggling one way or another. Please keep this service going     

Resident 58, Lilydale
At a time that mental health is finally being acknowledged as something that needs to be nurtured, a place where young people can go to do just that is such a necessity. To close this hub would be a detriment to our youth, they need this place to have a safe place to go.              

Parent, Mooroolbark    
As a parent of 2 boys I cannot emphasise how important this type of service is to our community. Many of our youths in the Yarra Ranges are struggling mentally and emotionally and this service provides them a safe place to come together. To be helped, to be accepted, to be understood. Let’s help them help themselves by providing an environment for them to feel safe and grow.        

Grandparent, Maroondah       
My grand babies  live in the Yarra Ranges. It is wonderful have a space for kids to be kids yet ask for support from an adult if needed. I wish you the best with keeping the doors open.

Glenn 43, Yarra Ranges
Excellent place for youth to attend and be themselves. Interactive services great to connect and make some mates. Wish they had this in my day. My son loves it, has a ball. Reminds of an upbeat Youth Group of the 80’s   

Chris 56, Lilydale
Mental health is everybody’s business. We have just had a royal commission into mental health. This is a time to be investing in services not withdrawing funding.     

Suzy Downie, Belgrave
Lilydale youth hub is a special place that provides much needed support for youth and their families.  Without it many have no where to turn when things are rough.     

Sue Edmond 60, Lilydale   
This is absolutely a vital service. My son has ongoing mental health issues and had to travel to Knox when he was really struggling so to have a service in this area is vital for people living out this way . Please keep this service going.                  

Resident 45, Dederang
As an aunty I worry about the challenging world my nieces and nephews and teenagers in general are going through, along with hearing daily accounts of students worries within my secondary school nursing role from students and family, on top of the mental health worries and concerns we are continuously hearing to increase; the amazing services offered by the Lilydale Youth hub is invaluable! Having this safe space for youth, having the professional support, having the activities on offer is part of the community’s responsibility to keep our youth safe and supported. Keep the Lilydale Hubs door open!          

Natasha 43, Lilydale  
Mum of two. One 13 year old boy who has recently come across this service.

As a parent, I am grateful for an outlet to enable my son to openly chat about life to professionals in a warm and youth focused space. Whilst I love my son, there are some serious conversations that too confronting for my boy to have with mum.

Topics about life, death and all in between.  This is much needed gap fill. To close a rich, valuable knowledgeable space would be breaking a vital, quality of life link in a very short chain of resources available to young people, their families and community.               

Resident, Lilydale   
I am aware of many young people who have accessed counselling from the Lilydale Youth Hub. Closing the door on such a valuable service would mean young people would wait for a long time before they receive help from a Counsellor.               

Parent, Mount Evelyn
The Lilydale youth hub has opened up so many great opportunities for my eldest child that would otherwise be too overwhelming or too expensive for our family to access. From gaining independence catching the bus after school, to expanding her friendship network, to learning helpful information and having the confidence to give something new a try are just some of the benefits over 2022.

The youth hub gets her out of her room and chaotic household into a calm nurturing environment where she can be herself. And as I parent I have peace of mind knowing all the staff have her best interests at heart and love their jobs. The youth of Yarra rangers need this support during such a vulnerable time in their lives. 

Jessica Bray 38, Rowville     
I work in the Yarra Ranges with youth experiencing hardship.  We have had a lot of great success with the youth hub supporting the local youth in the community,  and with only recently becoming a well known and respected service.  Closing its doors now will be truly detrimental to the local community and youth mental health.  I really hope that this amazing service can get refunded and continue the great work that it does as the need for this is clearly required.

Parent, Montrose   
I am a mother of a teenager and a health professional in the Yarra Ranges. The Lilydale youth hub is a vital service for young people in the Yarra Ranges, there is nothing else like it about. Without it we are leaving vulnerable teens without support. Please refund this program – the youth of the Yarra ranges deserve to have access to local service  that meets their needs.

Ruth Herdman  60, Healesville
Considering the effects of numerous lockdowns this is an essential service. Young people have scare support services in the outer east. This is an essential service. Do not close it!

Lachlan 23, Mount Evelyn   
Closing this vital service down means more lives are at risk, especially young ones.           

Finn 15, Montrose 
The youth hub has become like a family to me and closing it isn’t going to be good. closing the youth hub is like splitting a family apart and could cause some to not be able to reach out and receive the help that may be needed. seeing as many have reached out for help using the youth hub, or have gone to the youth hub for activities closing the hub could mean some may be wearier in reaching out. The youth hub is truly amazing and hearing that it could close hurt my heart, and it would be terrible for it to close. DONT CLOSE THE YOUTH HUB.       

Simone , Montrose       
Lilydale Youth Hub has been a huge help for young people I work with. It’s a much needed service to the community.

Parent, Montrose   
My primary school age daughter has experienced anxiety for most of her life. I can only hope that by her teenage years there are wonderful services like the Lilydale Youth Hub to support her mental health. This service is essential for our community.

Resident 51, Montrose
Supporting our children, our teens, our young adults is essential if we all want to have a fun, productive and safe community.

Resident 45, Montrose
It’s been a tough few years for all of us, and young people have been some of the hardest hit. As a community, we need to wrap around those who need support to make sure they what they need to feel they can thrive. Yarra Ranges – such a big region – now has a place where young people can come to get the support they need. What’s more – the team at Lilydale Youth Hub actively goes to the places where transport is limited so young people don’t have to come to them! As we continue on the path towards recovery together, we need a place like the Lilydale Youth Hub more than ever.

Julie Smith, Yarra Junction  
I run Chantilly Park Learning and Wellness centre and see a huge need for support for youth in our area.  I do some probono work for youth that do not have access to funding from elsewhere.

We need ongoing support for youth especially after the social & disengagement issues from COVID.

PLEASE support this important service.

Thanks

Julie

Psychotherapist & Equine Experiential Interaction Practitioner

Resident 56, Healesville              
Please continue to support the great work of the Lilydale Youth Hub and support our young people in these difficult and changing times we live in. It is great to read the comments and how the Hub is helping our sons and daughters – let’s continue this well past 2022.

Resident 74, Kilsyth      
This service is essential for the wellbeing and health of so many young people and their families in this community.

To withdraw funding at this stage when so many are receiving help, comfort and ongoing support would be devasting for those involved.

It is imperative that funding continues.

Elle 24, Lilydale
The hub is such an important part of the community for young people they can help point you in the right direction when you need help, help like people with mental health support and is such a loving kind and accepting space for young people to go to. The staff there are amazing and go above and beyond to do an amazing job for every client. The Yarra ranges needs not only lilydale youth hub but many more!!!!

Resident 36, Lilydale   
This service is so valuable to the community, there is nothing else like it and it’s so important for our youth. I work in community services and see the effect this hub has on peoples lives, we should not have to go without this valuable service.

Grandmother, Mt. Evelyn  
There is an enormous need for this Youth Hub in Lilydale.  To withhold funding and close it down would be an utter disaster.  I know how much work some of the dedicated workers there contribute to the ongoing wellbeing of many many young people.

Please let common sense prevail.

Service professional, Sherbrooke   
At a time when preventing, reducing and managing Mental Health issues are acknowledged as a very high priority in the general community, especially  where those issues impact young people and especially those in the outer east, a proven successful approach needs to be funded to continue its great work.

Melinda Pride 49, Lilydale      
My name is Melinda, my daughter Sara Jones who is 14 yo has been going to Lilydale hub for about a year now, I cannot express how much this group of amazing people have helped my daughter!! My daughter who suffers from autism, ADHD, anxiety and her sexuality, would not be where she today  is if it wasn’t for this amazing organisation.

The youth hub has changed her so much in a positive way, with the help and guidance and all their classes we would be absolutely lost without them, the hub gives my daughter the outlet that she needs and wants.

They help so many kids and would be an absolute heartbreak if it wasn’t available.

The kids depend on the youth hub, they need this to stay open, I would hate to see what would happen to the kids if were to close.

Please, please keep our youth hub open!! Our kids need it!

Anne 72, Dandenong North       
Young people have been suffering.  There is evidence that the lockdown has taken a toll on their well being and mental health.  Place ourselves in their shoes and imagine what has not been the normal routine and psychological  impact on their separation from classroom and social interactions, both peer groups and  face to face teacher support.  This has not been “the norm”.   My heartfelt empathy for our youth and their families.    Through their programs, the team at the Youth Hub,  offer strategies to provide life-skills, acknowledge their pain and link into practical resources. The Hub has been a  non judgmental, safe pace for these young people.  I strongly recommend that the Government  continues to fund the Lilydale Youth Hub .  My understanding is that support by our Government for the mental health of our communities is a high priority.

Resident 62, Healesville       
Mental health care is a necessary requirement for everyone, especially our younger people,  after the last 2 years of home schooling, lockdowns and travel limitations. The damage caused does not go away just because the lockdowns have finished. Long Covid will have mental and physical repercussions for years to come. Support is required.

Melanie 43, Donvale  
This is not the time for young people to be losing space for support and connection. We know they need it more more than ever. Re-fund the hub!

17 year old, Lilydale      
Lilydale youth hub helped me overcome my anxiety regarding many issues i spoke about with the workers. I’ve always felt comfortable around the people supporting me and felt truly guided.

Evie 15, Lilydale              
The youth hub has been the only place I have been able to go to that is local to me and doesn’t cost me time out of school to attend, like my psychologist who only works school hours. I have gained so much from my weekly sessions and it’s so helpful to have a talk so regularly and a reset. I can’t imagine continuing my weeks without the youth hub and the support of everyone there. The improvement in my mental health and mood has been so noticeable and it would devastating to prevent that from other young adults in the Yarra Ranges looking for help as well.

Kahlia Weir 32, South Yarra       
Mental health and social support services are vital, especially for youth. This is already such a confusing and difficult period of life, made much more complicated with the trauma of a global pandemic. Lilydale Youth Hub provides a safe place for youth to get help, build skills, and engage positively. I have no doubt that the hub existing has saved lives. This service deserves funding. And the community needs the positive impact of the skilled staff there.

Service professional, Lilydale    
As someone who uses community organisations such as the Lilydale Youth Hub for clients to connect with, it would be a real shame to the local community to see this place shut and not have a safe inclusive organisation for all Youth to access.

Service professional, Mooroolbark       
I work in the Yarra Valley and do so many referrals to you guys – the support you provide young people in the community is so valuable. Young people all over the Yarra Valley have found a safe space at the hub.

Parent, Lilydale
My young person has been coming along to the youth hub for the youth hangout and chats. Such a wonderful program and lovely team providing a welcoming and safe space for young people to belong. After 2 years of disconnection and isolation through covid lockdowns an amazing resource like the Youth Hub for our young teens and adults is beyond value.

Grandparent, Lilydale   
My granddaughter is finding such wonderful support from this group. Please support it!

17 year old, Mooroolbark  
The Lilydale Youth hub has given me endless opportunities and gave me support during the time I needed it most, as a young person it’s hard to find places that genuinely feel safe and be welcomed by a team that genuinely supports and gives you the opportunities to learn how to better yourself and your life in general, I can definitely day I would not be where I am now if it wasn’t for the Lilydale youth hub,

it’s helped me in many ways including becoming less withdrawn socially and being more comfortable with who I am and what I want with my life,

I can’t express how much the Lilydale Youth Hub means to me.

Betsy Senior, Lilydale   
Please don’t let this vital service slip away. Our young people are the citizens and parents of tomorrow where the battle to survive, live, and find suitable employment will be such a challenge. We need our young people to be able to hold there heads high as they try to make sense of this crazy troubled world.

Parent, Kilsyth
My son came to the Lilydale Youth Hub for a holiday program and he liked it so much that he now comes after school.  This Hub has got my son out of his comfort zone and enabled him to meet like minded people.  The team who have been looking after my son are down to earth, enthusiastic and very supportive and understanding.  Thank you very much Lilydale Youth Hub for all that you do for the community.

Resident, Croydon  
Our kids deserve mental health support.

Jackie 56, Lilydale
Youth need more opportunities to engage with others in their community, not fewer. Don’t take away this service.

Janet, Mooroolbark       
You do amazing work for our youth who need support with their mental health issues. We need more centres like this who have fantastic staff.

Elizabeth 40, Mooroolbark
I am shocked to hear the Youth Hub’s funding is at risk. There will ALWAYS be young people in our community who need a safe place to get support when (sadly) school, home and the wider community don’t feel safe. If it’s a matter of funding, the government should be well aware of the benefits of investing in support young people through their trauma and difficulties.

Dee 25, Wandin North 
I didn’t have a service like the lilydale youth hub when I was young. This service is ESSENTIAL to the health and well-being of many young people in an area that is under-resourced in terms of psychology and other mental health allied support services.

In light of recent mental health comission and ABS statistics, which show increased levels of mental illness in young people, continuing to fund this service will literally save childrens lives. Please continue this service for the next generation of young people in the yarra valley.

Eliza, Lilydale    
The Lilydale youth Hub is such an amazing Organisation for the community to be able to access and support our young people to support their needs.

It is a safe and supported space for young people to go and seek help!

Parent, Millgrove  
The Lilydale Youth Hub provides an invaluable service to the young people within our region.

Yarra Ranges Council have produced “CHILD AND YOUTH STRATEGY 2014 – 2024”, which clearly highlights challenges faced by young people within our community today and provides  outcomes and goals on how we may all work together to overcome and achieve better outcomes for not only vulnerable, but all young people  – it takes a village to raise a child  and the contribution made by the Lilydale Youth Hub and their amazing team of Youth Workers to support our young people is not only inspirational, but practical.

Please provide assistance to continue the work of the hub, so many young people benefit and the long term effects of this support, contribute to our community in positive way – this is a grass roots foundation for the next generation.

Deanne McKenzie 52, Monbulk                
Much needed service, staffed by committed professionals. I don’t know where my family would be without it. We encountered huge waiting lists at other services.

16 year old, Mooroolbark           
My friends go and I’ve been a few times this hub has the most welcoming staff it’s always such a fun place to be there is so much to do and I believe this place truly helps so many young people.

16 year old, Glenroy  
The lilydale youth hub is such an important place for the community, and especially local teens. Please keep the funding, people NEED it.

Parent, Mount Evelyn
My daughter has had serious mental health issues of anxiety, depression and loneliness. She felt ostracised from society. She needed a place to go and be with kids going through similar issues. After a search of community services. I found Lilydale youth Hub that offers so many important services to our youth.  When we enquired, she was warmly welcomed with no expectations. She started going and started to feel that finally she fitted in.  This is somewhere she can go that is non judgemental, inclusive, safe and fun. There is nowhere else like it. . It has really helped her confidence and given her a feeling of self worth. Without it I can guarantee she would sink back into loneliness and depression.

It is imperative that this service remains open to all young people in the Shire.

Please continue funding for this essential youth service.

Young person, Yarra Ranges
The hub helps the youth

Casper 14, Lilydale  
The youth hub still needs funding. It is so important for the community and youth

17 year old, Healesville     
Without this service I fear for the significant decline in youth mental health that will occur in our community.

16 year old, Pascoe Vale             
This youth service is an incredibly important part of the community, it has gotten my friends though so many tough times and I know that they value this place so much. Don’t cut the funding!!!!

Young Person 16, Boronia
My friend goes to this youth group and they really help my friend 🙂 I’m glad to see my friend is becoming a stronger and positive person through this youth group

Andrea Leeson 46, Chirnside Park   
There is a great need for mental health support for young people in the Yarra Ranges.  I have personal experience trying to support my daughter with her mental health and I believe more easily accessible options are needed.

Grandparent, Wandin North      
The support and help provided at the Hub in Lilydale is creating an enormous change in my grandchild’s life. Their confidence and motivation were at rock bottom, leaving their mental health in a mess and impeding their ability to study. Now that their mental health is beginning to improve I am concerned about the consequences for all of the young people in need of this important service, if the Hub loses their funding. Please reconsider the decision to remove funds that are desperately needed. Thank you.

Isaiah 13, Chirnside park   
Ive only started coming to Youth and have found it a great safe space to just hang out and also talk to other people my age.

I also did some of the activities here during the school holiday and loved it.

It would be very disappointing if the hub was to close at the end of the year. We really need to keep places like this open.

Oliver 17, Mount Evelyn              
“The youth hub has been so supportive for many young people i know, and has helped the community so much, as they support others, they need support too. It allows us Youth to feel understood and heard, and enables self expression.

In the time i have been attending, my mental and social health has improved greatly, and I have felt a great sense of belonging. The group sessions and events may help others in the same or a similar way, especially to connect with others of similar experiences, and to find meaningful friendships within the community, no matter your background.

The Lilydale Youth Hub is inspiring and presents many new opportunities, especially those who have struggled to find acceptance in their lives.”

Elvira Farrugia 55, Chirnside park            
“Lilydale youth Hub has been a fantastic space for young adults to just catch up after school and wind down whilst being   in a safe space without having to worry about what other kids are going to be thinking about them.

During and post Covid, our youth have suffered mentally so its vital that a place like this remain open to support some of these kids who are also doing it tough and also just to feel the need to have someone to talk to if needed.  We don’t want places like this to close but rather to be expanded for our kids of tomorrow.”

Parent, Seville
“It would be a tragedy if our community were to lose this program. Our daughter, like so many, has serious mental health concerns that have been exacerbated by COVID and the numerous & lengthy lockdowns and remote schooling. Our young people deserve to have access to the support systems that aid their recovery, without having to travel large distances.

Families as a whole also benefit from having appropriate services within arms reach. ”

Parent, CHIRNSIDE PARK  
The Lilydale Youth Hub has become more and more popular with my child and her friends.  In their eyes they are attending a bunch of fun and creative activities and meeting new friends, whilst as a parent I see they are in a caring and supportive environment with easy access to professional mental health support, should it be needed.

The Hub provides a safe, friendly and comforting place for young people and the amazing team have built up a wonderful community, the benefits of which will resonate for years to come in the form of friendships and improved mental health.  The outer east and hills regions have been lacking in this type of support for so long!

I sincerely hope the funding is continued into the future and the programme expanded to more areas in our region.  Heartfelt thanks to all the staff!

14 year old, The Patch  
Lilydale youth hub should be refunded and here’s why.

Lilydale youth hub is one of the very few places in the Yarra Ranges for young people to have a good time with people similar to their own age. There is very few places that do this and not many people would be able to find those places. So the people that have found the youth hub now have support, but if it doesn’t get funding then those people will lose that support they need and also lose the chance to be social with other people which is a necessity to a healthy lifestyle.

If you were in this position where you’re going to lose the support you need wouldn’t you do everything in your power to get it back? Or if this is where your child goes to to get help, support and be social, you would want the best for your child right? Well if your child was about to lose their only source of help and support you wouldn’t want to rip that away from them right? Well I’m in that position now. I’m about to get my only support and social groups out side of school ripped away from me.

Overall many people only have this place as support and if it gets taken away they have no where else to go and even if they did they wouldn’t feel as comfortable as they were here. As I have said it’s one of very few places in the Yarra Ranges that young people have to go. So that is why Lilydale youth hub needs to have it’s funding back.

Shani Richardson, Kilsyth   
“Hello, My name is Shani Richardson, I am the Youth Transitional Worker for Anchor.

I sit in at the Lilydale Youth Hub every Thursday afternoon.

Since working with the wonderful the Hub, I have noticed a large growth in engagement and support for the young people. Many young people have been able to utilise Anchor’s services through their connection with the Hub, it is an approachable service and a great central place to access other needed services that a young person might feel uncomfortable or overwhelmed using previously. I believe it is a great early intervention resource in the Yarra Ranges community.

Young people who have been sleeping rough have accessed support from the Lilydale Youth Hub and are then able to be referred to Anchor for housing support, preventing their situation from becoming worse, and working towards a positive and sustainable outcome.

Jennifer, 50, Wonga Park   
Whilst I currently work for (Rangers Community Health) Inspiro in an administration capacity I am also the parent of a 15 year old who has spent most of the recent three years with debilitating mental health issues.  Anxiety, depression, suicidal idealisation, ADHD, social anxiety and school can’t.   With first had lived experience I can say that youth mental health not only effects the young person but the entire family, including the ability to earn an income.

Over the three years it was necessary for us to enlist the help of several public and private services to assist in getting our son back to good health which we are so thankful for.  I am familiar with the the great location of the Lilydale Youth Hub it facilities, staff and the great work they do.  I am proud to work for Inspiro and help support the Hub and the Lilydale community.  The work they do in early intervention for our young people, socialisation and inclusion opportunities and more is invaluable.  I strongly urge the current government to continue funding for the Lilydale Youth Hub so that their good work can go on and the investment in the facility setup and staffing can be capitalised on into the future.

School wellbeing counsellor    
As a school wellbeing counsellor in the Yarra Ranges, the Youth Hub provides much needed support to young people, and assistance when schools are not able to cope with volume of people needing support. I hope the team at the Hub are around for a long time as they provide integral help when needed.

Janet Jackiw, SEVILLE    
Now more than ever youth need support. Covid has taken an enormous tole on everyone but particularly on the you people in our community, now we need supports more than ever. It would be a very damaging thing to take away support now, the government really need to continue funding.

Jennifer Watson 47, Lilydale      
As the mother of a young person who has accessed this service when he was dealing with some mental ill health,  this service is essential to the Lilydale Community.  Please do not shut this essential facility for the youth of the outer East. There is no other service for them to use !

Warren Turner, Nunawading   
As a Team Leader for a Youth and Family Counselling service in Melb’s east, we rely on the connections that a professional service like the Lilydale Youth Hub provide in being able to connect with vulnerable and disadvantaged young people. We can say definitively that there is an extreme lack of services that are in a position to support the young people that are seeking assistance from a service within the Yarra Ranges, and more importantly, at no cost. We support the continued funding for this service to remain in operation, and for them to continue the great work that they have been doing in serving the community.

Caroline Evans 54, YARRA GLEN
Cire’s support of my teenage son quite literally turned his life around, and he is now employed and completing a traineeship. The Lilydale Youth Hub is at the heart of their care for young people and their families.

Thank-you from our family. We love being part of the Cire family.

Parent, Mooroolbark    
I wish to voice how truly wonderful this service is I have a young son that would really deteriorate if this location closes   . Please do not allow this to happen.

Resident, Healesville    
Research clearly indicates there is enough evidence to know that pulling back mental health supports for young people is not what’s needed to scaffold and support a generation of empowered, equipped and emotionally aware adults that will be the future for our community our families, our business and our governments. Please invest in this essential service!

Leanne 52, Rowville      
It is disgusting that this is closing down

What happened to all the money promised from the government for mental health etc.

Cassandra Hall 42, Mount Evelyn    
Lilydale youth hub is a vital place for teens to go when they need space or home has become a difficult place to be. Having someone to talk to or just to feel safe and warm holds the key in providing teens the mental health services and development that the Yarra Ranges needs.

Don’t quit on their future.

Bronwyn Ward 44, Mount Evelyn       
Now more than ever our young people need the support of the Lilydale Youth Hub. The impacts of compounded trauma and loss over the past 3 years highlight the need for such services to continue into the future to ensure the mental health and safety of our young people.

Karen Pomeranz, Sherbrooke  
Following the Youth Hub via their newsletters has provided me with insight into the terrific diverse and age appropriate activities and support offered by the Hub   They are no doubt relevant to the needs of our local youth and are meeting those in a highly empathetic and creative way. A facility that definitely needs to stay !

Sarah Greenway 36, Reservoir 
The Lilydale Youth Hub is an amazing resource and it would be so sad to see it dissolve due to funding.  It took a long time to get off the ground due to fab collaborations happening to make it so special, and it full of necessary supports for young people in such an otherwise isolated area, please keep it 🙂

Michelle Hynes 37, Lilydale   
My daughter and her step-sister both love the Lilydale Youth Hub.  A safe place – both physically and psychologically – for our young people to spend time with peers and professionals has always been important; now it’s critical.

Parent, Lilydale
The LYH is the only service providing timely and specialized youth mental health in the Lilydale area.  Headspace does not have capacity to see young people with complex mental health needs.  LYH responds quickly to young people’s needs.  To lose them would have a devastating effect on the area.  I can’t understand why the government has not guaranteed their funding.  There is lots of talk about supporting youth mental health.  It’s time we see some action from the government.

Service professional, Lilydale    
Gives an opportunity for our young people to be engage in social activities in the area, build confidence, relationships and provide support when they need it. Without this support we lose our love ones, a friend, a student please consider the our young people’s future.

Jen Thompson, Wandin North  
As a private psychotherapist working in the Yarra Ranges with individuals and families, I am grateful to be able to refer to the Inspiro Youth Hub.

The team at the Hub are exceptional.

Our young people need the support of the Hub, demand and need for such a service is high, this is a welcoming, empathic service that gives hope in troubled times both to young people and their families.

Service professional, Mooroolbark   
Our youth deserve to be supported. Why wouldn’t we want to put funds towards prevention. Services like these help to reduce the reliance on the upstream more expensive mental health services.

Parent, Lilydale      
The youth hub is amazing I am a mum of young person. The youth hub has supported my  young person in the most positive supportive ways. My young person worker is amazing and very understanding of my young person needs. Without this support  my young person would not be where she us today and my young person us still getting the best care and support yarra ranges needs this hub to continue on after December thus year.

Resident, The Patch    
Providing and safe place, outlet and mental health strategies for young people help them, their families and their communities as they develop into caring human beings.

It actually makes economic sense as the need for services as people age diminishes if issues have been addressed at a young age.

Melissa 55, Mount Evelyn    
The Lilydale Health Hub is providing a vital service to our youth and is needed now more than ever following the last few years of Covid disruptions.

Their statistics clearly tell the story of their importance and reach within our community – the Yarra Ranges.

Please support their work and support our youth by continuing the funding for the Lilydale Health Hub.

Debbie 65, Croydon  
Please don’t close this service. From a mother with a daughter with various mental health problems.

This service is needed. They can help people with mental health problems.

Neal Taylor 52, Lilydale              
I have had the pleasure of working with the team at the Lilydale Youth Hub and some of the youth. The Youth Hub has been a vital missing piece, and it would be a disaster to lose it now.

The Lilydale Youth Hub is an essential part of the support network for our youth in the Yarra Ranges and, as such, can attest that our youth are hurting with recent events exacerbating issues. It would be a disaster for the Youth Hub to have to close its doors!

Alana 41, Nunawading
De-funding the Lilydale Youth Hub would be detrimental to the young people of the Yarra Ranges. This would be yet another service that has been established to service and support the young people in the area, only to be discontinued in such a short time. The people of Yarra Ranges are generally cautious of engaging with services for this reason. The people, specifically the young people of Yarra Ranges are a cohort that really need this stable support as their individual needs are significant and diverse.

Parent, Belgrave Heights  
My child has just started seeing his case manager and he needs this service so desperately. It will be so integral for his future and his mental health needs. We have been at crisis point and there are just no other services around that we have been able to get him into that can provide him with a safe space to be linked in with the help he needs. We really feel this service is a lifeline for him.

Resident 50, Lilydale   
There is a need for youth focused mental health support. This hub must stay open to make sure youth mental health stays a priority within the3 community.

18 year old, Mitcham
This place is really good it’s my second time coming back and its so good to have a place besides my home to relax and chill whenever I need, I love it so much, everyone who works there is so chill and down to earth kind and respectful it’s amazing to know I can go somewhere free of judgement!!!!

Charli 17, Healesville
It’s amazing here and it’s a safe space and it’s a really welcoming lovely community and makes everyone feel belonged, I would love this place to keep going as I think it’s a great safe place for youth to go to.

Parent, Lilydale    
Now, more than ever, children need our support as their mental health is degraded by the world around them. Covid has further challenged our kids and they are becoming more and more vulnerable. Please don’t stop this amazing resource

Resident 53, Mooroolbark   
I would like to request funding continue for Lilydale Youth Hub and request the government continue funding this vital service, so that the young people of the Yarra Ranges have a dedicated service to support them with their mental health and wellbeing.

The Hub supports hundreds of young people and their parents by connecting them to the services and care that helps. Help and support is crucial at this time.

Thank you.

School wellbeing coord, Yarra Junction  
This is a word of support for the Lilydale youth hub. Students that I have worked with before and indeed my own children have needed the safe space that the Youth Hub provides and gives them an avenue of contact in the local community.

Resident 46, Lilydale
This important service is of incredibly vital support to so many young people in the community. It is a beacon of hope, trust and safety for countless people who are struggling in a world that is incomprehensible to adults, let alone those who are still growing and trying to understand themselves and the way they fit in to the greater picture. With teenage depression and self-harm at an all-time high, extreme pressure on existing professional services and our hospital system, it is inconceivable that there would be even a whisper of an idea to shut down such an invaluable service. May the Hub and the team who are doing such an incredible job remain in place, and grow, for decades to come.

Service professional, Lilydale  
With so much anxiety and mental health issues in young people the hub has been an extremely important support to many young people in the Yarra ranges .Many young people are not comfortable seeing a psychologist and waiting months while their mental health became even more fragile. The youth hub Engages teens on their level and saves lives. The hub is a necessity for the large amount of youth needing urgent youth focused support !

Resident 41, Lilydale   
Such a valuable service to Yarra Ranges young people and families!

Gabi Stanszus, Monbulk       
As a youth worker working elsewhere in the region with vulnerable young people it has been so wonderful to have the Youth Hub as a new and much needed resource. We have referred many young people onto their services (the pet therapy program, the holiday programs, menstrual health sessions, to youth workers supporting mental health challenges amongst others) and have seen the benefits these have offered. As well as the work they do all through the year, having a place that offers fantastic holiday program options is so needed for the adolescent age group, as we know that holidays are often times of limited support, boredom and increased risk for teenager who are struggling. The council options so often only cater for primary school aged kids, and we have seen young adults engaging at the youth hub with curiosity, enthusiasm, and connection to the space. The youth hub is sorely needed in the outer east, with increasing numbers of young people struggling with return to school, community, and social life following the COVID lockdowns. Funding this resource is an essential part of supporting the outer east’s youth as the Youth Hub continues to establish itself as a safe space literal ‘hub’ of support options for young people in the region.

Sara Chehade (Reconnect Case Worker), Cire Chirnside Park Community Hub    
I work as one of the Reconnect Case Workers nearby and have referred quite a few of our young clients to the youth hub who have not only felt supported with a welcoming place to drop in too, but also have hugely benefited from the counselling and case management services provided. The activities and programs provided are also wonderful to have in our local area and we hope that this can continue on so that the youth in our community can continue to benefit from a holistic approach.

Resident, Chirnside Park             
This is an important program that needs to continue in our community.

Penny Christie 69, Montrose    
Mental health concerns are a worrying issue with our young people and have been exacerbated during the lock-downs around the COVID pandemic. Some young people felt trapped, isolated and frightened and needed a safe place and people to support them. Young people need to ‘belong,’ need a sense of community and a safe place to go to socialise, learn and build resilience. The Lilydale Youth Hub offers support. encouragement and a belonging place and an essential centre for young people to meet and build relationships. Please  continue to support this great initiative and provide our young people with support and purpose as they develop into strong adults.

Amanda Stokes, Chirnside Park
The Lilydale Youth Hub is a vital resource for the young members of the Yarra Ranges community.

Hayley Mellor, 51, Eastern Access Community Health Ringwood              
To whom it may concern,

It is greatly distressing to read that the youth hub is facing closure. As a mental health practitioner, working predominantly with individuals experiencing addiction, it is essential that young people experiencing mental health issues are provided as much support as possible.  There is substantial evidence showing that one year into the pandemic, globally, one in four young people report experiencing clinically elevated depressive symptoms, while one in five are reported experiencing clinically elevated anxiety symptoms.

These rates are all the more alarming when compared to pre-pandemic estimates, which were closer to one in 10 youth having clinically elevated anxiety and depression. This indicates that youth mental health difficulties have likely doubled during COVID-19.

It is well documented that  mental health difficulties were more prevalent as the pandemic persisted. This suggests that as the length of the pandemic continued, along with public health safety measures such as school closures and social distancing, clinically significant anxiety and depression symptoms also increased. This indicates that children and youth globally are struggling with mental health difficulties, and their symptoms are worsening as the pandemic continues.

The closure of any form of assistance providing essential supportive access for youth and young people, is detrimental not only to the individual, but to society as a whole.

Grant Harrison 49, Boronia      
“Knox Basketball has been donating goods to Lilydale Youth Hub (LYH) throughout 2021 to 2022 after the impacts of Covid, to assist the many underprivileged youth and struggling families out there who LYH work with on a daily basis. Although this service is outside our own LGA, once I heard about the amazing support services they provided, I had no hesitations in helping out.

I have found the staff and program to be nothing but a major benefit to the entire Yarra Ranges region and have seen first hand the positive impacts they have on families and local youth.

After two years of lockdowns I find it hard to comprehend that funding would be withdrawn, as this is such an important service to the region. I know too well the enormity of mental health issues that our youth are dealing with out there today and programs like this actually save lives.

This service must continue and needs to be funded by Government and Council.

Regards

Grant Harrison
CEO – Knox Basketball Inc

Sue Thompson 57, Ringwood   
It is not the time to defund such an important service.  Too many young people need our assistance at the moment and we need more services, not less.

Resident 49, Lilydale
The Lilydale Youth Hub is an essential services here in Lilydale. It provides significant support for young people.  It has an amazing team of workers that make a huge difference to young peoples life.

Harry 18, Chirnside       
The hub is one of the first places I think of if the form I’m community. I have met so many new friends and people I never would have known without the hub.

Kye 17, Lilydale    
The hub is one of my favourite places to go. I have been to many different counselling centres, but the hub is so welcoming and inclusive. I have met so many people and life long friends though the hub and we have so many new ideas we would like to bring in.

13 year old, Mt Evelyn     
I like to hang out at the hub and meeting new people, I enjoy doing all the activities they have for anyone to go and join in

Jocelyn 19, East Warburton      
The Lilydale Youth Hub has really helped me in my recovery and supported me in a way that no other service in my area has.

The amount it respects and listens to young people is amazing, it really feels like a space for us. I wish it had been around when I was younger.

12 year old, Lilydale          
lilydale youth hub has helped me so much. as someone going to a school where i cant express myself, having that place where i can go whenever really helps my mental health. i love everyone here and the staff are so nice, it would break my heart if they shut down. i love it here and so do many others:)

12 year old, Lilydale         
The lilydale youth hub has helped me so much over the course of these holidays. And even though I was new and didn’t know that many people, I was welcomed into our amazing community. By continuing to fund the hub, you will further change to lives or so many other youth, and I don’t think their is anything more important than the wellbeing of our youth.

 

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