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  • Writer's pictureThe Hon. Paul Toole MP


A new local project supporting young people in the Bathurst region is one of 35 initiatives across the state to receive a share in the NSW Government’s $1.5 million Youth Opportunities grants program.

Member for Bathurst Paul Toole said the headspace Bathurst “Soundcheck” Project has received NSW Government support of $38,130 and is being described as a great way to bring young people together.

“The Youth Opportunities Program helps young people build life skills, employment pathways, and nurture good wellbeing and mental health,” he said.

Jake Byrne, headspace Bathurst community engagement officer, said local young people interested in music are invited to join the Soundcheck program – a free group for 12-25-year-olds wanting to learn a new skill, or hone an existing one.

“The group is something new for the team – designed to promote engagement with the centre and a social place for young people to learn new skills,” he said.

“Music is a great way to bring people together. Young people will be supported by mentors from Mitchell Conservatorium, Lifeline Central West and of course, headspace staff.”

Mr Byrne said participants will have the choice of a range of instruments, including drums, keyboards, electric, acoustic and bass guitars.

“Listening to and creating music can be beneficial for your mental health. 2020 has been a tough year and we hope this new group will provide young people with something to look forward to and help build a community,” Mr Byrne said.

According to Graham Sattler, executive director at the Mitchell Conservatorium, they are thrilled to be partnering with headspace on the Sound Check program.

“Music is such a great platform for expressing thoughts and feelings, and helping young people to develop Instrumental, vocal and song writing skills is a real

treat for our rock-based mentors Dave Webb, Todd Brownlow and myself.

“We’re all about community and this program is one that is really close to our heart.”

Greg Jeffree from Lifeline Central West said we’re all in the habit of asking those who are struggling to reach out, which is fantastic.

“However, something we’ve come to realise is that it is a huge ask for someone who is doing it tough to reach out. Instead we need to reach in and create opportunities for community to support each other and stay connected. Soundcheck is an invaluable program to ‘reach in’ via music, and I am proud to help pioneer this project,” he said.

Soundcheck will be held at headspace Bathurst in Keppel Street on Monday afternoon/evenings with a free BBQ also provided. No equipment or experience is necessary.

Young people interested in joining can email or call the team on 6338 1100.

headspace Bathurst thanks the NSW Government, Mitchell Conservatorium and Lifeline Central West for their support of Soundcheck.


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