Funding boost for youth wellbeing

THE health and wellbeing of local young people is set to receive a boost thanks to a donation of more than $23,000 to The Link Youth Health Service in Hobart.

The donation was made by St Michael’s Collegiate School as part of its year 12 charity for 2017.

The funds will be used to support the national program Headspace, which offers free, youth-focused health services for young people aged 12 to 25-years living in the Hobart area.

“We selected The Link as a year group as this program is something that makes a real difference in our local community,” Collegiate head prefect Adelaide Robinson said.

Collegiate head of senior school Nicole Tuck said a community service such as this provided students with authentic learning experiences in a real world context.

“Opportunities for community service are plentiful at Collegiate and we encourage our girls at all levels to consider ways they can help contribute,” she said.

“Our year 12 cohort in 2017 have demonstrated exceptional leadership, courage and empathy in all their community service and fundraising activities throughout the year.”

The Link youth health worker Emily Rawlings visited the school last month to officially accept the donation.

“The Link is overwhelmed by the generosity, commitment and hard work of the students in raising this money for our service,” Ms Rawlings said.

“I know what a difference it will make in helping us continue to support the health and wellbeing of young people in Hobart.”

Caption: The LINK youth health worker Emily Rawlings, second from right, with St Michael’s Collegiate School students, from left, Maggie Blanden, Adelaide Robinson and Ruby Shinkfield.