Suicide Prevention Network
The major project of the SOS Copper Coast Suicide Prevention Network in 2018 was establishing a youth drop-in centre in support of disengaged local youth. We were pleased to officially open the new fun meeting place in Kadina on 16 September 2018.
Youth can play games such as pool, foosball, play station, Wii, table tennis, and magnetic darts. There are also numerous board games and other activities available, both inside and in the adjacent court yard. There are several lounges setup for small group activity and just ‘chilling out’. A small quiet room is also available for anyone who needs to ‘get away from it all’ or talk confidentially about anything.
The youth centre currently opens on Saturdays and Sunday, and does not open during school hours (it is not an alternative to school). Although, during school holidays it also opens Tuesdays to Thursdays. Opening times may change depending on demand. Eventually it is planned to open on some evenings.
The idea for a Copper Coast Youth Centre came about after a think tank process to address the best ways to engage youth in suicide prevention strategies. The think tank involved representatives from a wide range of community sectors including education, health, police, mental health, sport, arts, ambulance, media and the LGBTI community.
The think tank suggestion was taken to Mayor Paul Thomas (pictured at the opening with SOS Copper Coast chairperson David Boots) who also had similar thoughts about a youth centre to support dis-engaged youth. He was happy to assist in the establishment of the centre and after discussions with council ultimately offered a council owned building on a peppercorn lease.
The establishment of the Youth Centre was facilitated by many generous donations of furniture from the Copper Coast community, and grant funding was gained to purchase electrical products including entertainment items and kitchen products, as well as the establishment of a complete kitchen. The Copper Coast Youth Centre does not have alliances with any religious or political groups and is regarded as a homophobia and transphobia free zone. This allows for the acceptance of diversity in the community, so it’s open to all youth regardless of culture, colour, sexuality or gender.
Under the leadership of Moonta artist, Julie Cheshire, a large mural was designed and created on the inside backwall of the activity space. It is based on the activities that members of the youth centre identified as things they like to do to ‘chill out’. It took two weeks to complete and the painting was done by Julie and the inaugural youth committee.
Thank you for your generosity and support. The establishment of the Copper Coast Youth Centre would not have been possible without support from the following generous sponsors and supporters of SOS Copper Coast:
Copper Coast Council, Mayor Paul Thomas and CEO Peter Harder
Federal Government grants
State Government grants
Member for Goyder Steven Griffiths MP
Weeroona Hotel Wallaroo
Royal Hotel Moonta
Prince Edward Hotel Wallaroo
Knights of the Southern Cross Kadina
Yorke Youth Services
Wallaroo Sailing Club
Wallaroo Community Sports Club
YP Country Times
Pam and Jeff Jones
Country & Outback Health
SA Health Dept of Chief Psychologist
Sue & Graham Blott
Department of Premier & Cabinet
Leech Family Moonta
Lifeline Country to Coast
Derringer’s Music Forestville
Peterborough Youth Centre
Margie Pope & Neville Hank
Vietnam Vets Moonta
Kadina Caravan Park
Mike Dixon & Colin Roberts
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