REBECCAS Community is looking for volunteers to help out at Schoolies Week festivities on the Gold Coast from late November.
Thousands of school leavers are expected to converge on the Gold Coast as Queensland, NSW and Victoria seniors finish on the same week.
Rebeccas Community is a Sydney based youth outreach organisation. Director Dominic Mapstone said accommodation bookings have been strong and he is worried that many crisis support organisations will pull out of the area at the end of official week-long festivities.
‘The official Schoolies festival only lasts a week, so we are particularly concerned for the young people who stay on for the second week when no crisis support will be available,’ he said.
‘Rebecca’s will provide targeted support services for both weeks to young people who have been sexually or violently assaulted, are distressed or in crisis.
Mr Mapstone, a social worker who previously worked for Rosies Youth Mission, has been supporting young people at Schoolies Week since 1994.
He said Rebeccas Community would host more than 50 young people on retreat during this year’s festivities.
Two retreats, each lasting a week, will be offered to young volunteers aged 18-35, to live together and staff outreach services provided by Rebeccas during Schoolies.
They will work alongside experienced volunteers, youth workers and health care professionals and receive full training and support.
Mr Mapstone said the retreat program was designed to give participants a demanding outreach experience across a number of services and the opportunity to reflect on their experiences and their faith.
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