Whangarei Youth Space is a friendly safe environment for young people to relax and enjoy time with their friends, take part in after-school and holiday programmes.
Whangarei Youth Space [WYS] provides a fully integrated Youth Development and Youth Health service with youth workers and clinical staff trained specifically to work with young people. All the services are free to members and having the health clinic as part of the youth drop in space makes it super easy to access health support. All services are free to members of WYS.
Youth Activities and Programmes
We offer a range of activities from school holiday programmes to life skills such as budgeting and cooking, to sports, to help finding a job. Every day we have a hot meal cooked by our young people which is neat. We evaluate all our programmes and activities and our services evolve to meet the changing needs of our young people. Young people are a key part of the decisions at Whangarei Youth Space, they help us shape the programmes and activities to ensure the services we provide are youth relevant.
Check our Facebook page for the most up to date action at Youth Space
Our doctor and nurses understand the special health and wellbeing issues of young people. Our services are private and confidential – and free. The services we offer include support for your physical, sexual, and emotional wellbeing. Come and talk to us about anything you are worried about or need help with to keep you healthy and happy!
School Based Health & Mentoring Service
WYS have nurses and youth workers based in the following schools, supporting students with the health and wellbeing needs:
- Tikipunga High School
- Te Kapehu Whetu
- He Matariki - Teen parent School
- Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Te Rawhitiroa
- Pompallier Catholic College
- Huanui College
- Alternative Education
- Oho Mauri
Students can meet with the youth worker and nurse together or separately depending on their needs and preference. They can help you with active problem solving and support you in gaining confidence in facing challenges.
Talk to your schools reception if you would like to meet with a nurse or youth worker in your school.
Drop-in Social space
Monday to Friday from 3.00pm until 6pm we open our doors for you just to meet your friends, make new friends, chill, cook, eat, and enjoy the music and fun activities. Come and join us!
We run extended hours during the school holidays and have special events throughout the year. Check out the latest updates on our Facebook page
Health clinic hours
Our Clinic is open Monday to Friday 12.30 to 6pm
Our Youth Health Nurses are available by appointment or drop in at our Clinic.
Dr Cheryl Bollen is available by appointment only on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
For appointments or more info Ph: 09 972 7248
Youth Services ‘Drop in’ hours
Monday to Friday ‘drop in’ from 3.00pm - 6.00pm during term time.
During school/study holidays check out our Facebook page for details of our daily programme.
We have a duty youth worker available Monday to Friday from 10am to help you.
“It’s like my second home. They provide us with free Wi-Fi, food and doctors aid, it’s a great place to meet new people and experience new things”
“It’s somewhere cool to go hang out after school, I like getting involved in all the activities”
WYS START is an employment focussed mentoring programme which sees navigators journeying with youth (15 – 24 year olds who are currently not in employment, education or training) on a pathway into sustainable employment through intensive pastoral care, and one-on-one sessions.
WYS START works as a triage approach that sees our Team working alongside the whanau, employers and the enrolled youth. This is to enable and understanding and wrap around support from both their whanau and potential workplace as they transition into employment pathways.
Young People gain life skills and work ready development while working with their Navigator and opportunities for social connection though Wananga sessions with other Young People in their intake.
WYS START assist Young People in obtaining their essential documents i.e. Birth Certificates, IRD Numbers, Bank Accounts opened. Youth also have the opportunity to become certified in qualifications that are relevant to future opportunities (First Aid certified and driver licensing) as part of the WYS START Programme.
When the youth is successfully employed the Young Person will continue to receive ongoing support from their WYS START Navigator.
If you are keen to learn more about this programme please be in touch via the contact us tab on the website or call into Whangarei Youth Space to speak to our team.