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A new era of youth mentoring

A new era of youth mentoring

mentoring has begun in the Barossa as The Father’s Farm Mentoring Programme relocates to a new site in Nuriootpa.

The sale of the Tanunda property, owned by the Scott-Hoy family in Tanunda, led to the relocation which in turn will have the potential to open new opportunities for the community led not for profit group.

The Father’s Farm board, chaired by Mr Gary Vogt, are in the process of setting up the mentoring programme from John Falland Australia located on Moppa Road and are putting the call out to people within the community who are willing to lend a hand.

“We really need people who are prepared to help and shift a few things around,” said Gary.

“People who are willing to help us set up… carpenters who could spare a few days to build a wall or two for the inside of the shed and we also need to install a kitchen which we have had donated.”

Gary said once the walls and kitchen have been set up and some of the machinery has been moved around then the youth mentoring programme should be ready to go when school resumes in February.

“Then the young people can help set up the rest,” said Gary.

Gary’s wife, Sue, secretary of the board, said 12 students will start the youth mentoring programme this school term and added demand for the programme continues to grow.

“The programme is growing,” said Sue.

“Schools are recognising what the programme does to support young people in our region.”

Due to the relocation and energy needed to establish the new site, the board has made the decision to discontinue the recycling programme for the time being and therefore will no longer take donations of unused electrical items.

“We are currently unable to process it,” said Gary.

“Contact your local council as to how you should get rid of the waste and please do not dump items at John Falland Australia.”

This decision means the Board will look at other ways to generate income for operational expenses and they encourage community groups, individuals or businesses to throw their support behind this ongoing, beneficial programme.

For the full story see this week’s edition of The Leader.