MEDIA RELEASE - Maitland Youth Sector Seeks Better Outcomes for Young People

A collective has come together to organise a training conference on Wednesday 28 April at Club Maitland City to promote the path to better outcomes for young people in Maitland and beyond.

The conference, not open to the general public but to organisations working with young people across the education, health, youth, community and other sectors, aims to foster interagency understanding and collaboration.

MC for the event Richard Hershman, Community Cohesion Officer for Hume Housing says “A collective of agencies have recognised the need to bring the wider sector together to ensure we all share the most current and relevant information when supporting young people in need. We all want the best results we can get for young people who need support in their lives. We were so pleased when the 100+ tickets were booked out in just a few days, it really demonstrated the need for this”.

Presentation topics will include looking at processes involved in supporting young people who may be experiencing homelessness, suicidal thoughts, problems with mental health, challenges with relationships and other barriers to leading healthy productive lives.

Ms. Jenny Aitchison, MP State Member for Maitland funded the conference to provide a forum for service providers in what has been an extraordinarily difficult period for the whole community.

“Covid, following the drought, bushfires, floods and storms has been a tough time for everyone and young people in particular. This is a fantastic opportunity for services to regroup and celebrate their abilities in being able to make a positive difference to young people. It also promotes a better understanding of how to effectively help the most vulnerable young people”.

Ms Aitchison said she was grateful for assistance from the services organising the event including local Maitland High Schools – Rutherford Technology High School, Maitland High School and Maitland Grossmann High School, Hume Housing, Hunter New England Health, Samaritans and Maitland City Council.

“All of the agencies involved have massive workloads. It takes vision, commitment and sheer hard work to organise something like this, but having a highly connected network working together is the only way we will make lasting change.”

“So often we see silos between agencies due to the sheer volume of clients they are dealing with in the context of evolving policies. It’s great to see so many hard working professionals across this sector take the time to learn more about the way other agencies work. This knowledge will drive innovative practice in resolving these complex social issues.

“Many of the organisations and participants attending Wednesday’s training conference were also involved in recent National Youth Week events. It will be a perfect opportunity to bring everyone together to share their ideas and promote the path to better outcomes for our youth in Maitland.

DATE: 26 APRIL 2021


RICHARD HERSHMAN – 0491 691 977