Anglicare supports Parish youth group in Sorell.

Did you know the top issues of concern for Tasmanian youth are stress and mental health? And that relationships with friends and family are what they most value?

To support the wellbeing of young people, the Parish of Sorell, Richmond and Tasman has partnered with Anglicare to have a trained youth worker involved in some youth group sessions.

“We want our youth group to be a place where young people can feel safe to talk about any issues they face,” said the Reverend Kristina Kettleton. “We realised having an experienced youth worker to assist us achieve this mission would be a significant benefit”.

Youth worker Angus Ling is based in the Anglicare office at Sorell so has close connections with the local community.

“I helped set the activities offered each session,” said Angus. “Plus, as a youth group leader, I was able to spend time with the young people and be on hand for a chat”.

The Parish wants everyone who attends youth group to feel welcome and supported – whatever challenges they are facing.

“We all have struggles at times and need people around us who care,” said Angus. “The opportunity to talk through things can make a big difference”.

The 10 week trial was funded through an Anglicare Parish Grant. Anglicare provides small grants to parishes for projects that support our mission to achieve social justice and provide the opportunity for people in need to reach fullness of life.

If you have any concerns about the mental health of a young person you can talk to your GP, or contact the Kids Helpline or call them on 1800 551 800.
You can also find out about support available through Anglicare for Families and Young People. Or call us on 1800 243 232.

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