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Supporting youth in the community

Supporting youth in the community

Ian and Suzy Skewes of Roseworthy have been a part of the Gawler Blue Light (GBL)since the early 2000’s.

Ian is currently the president of GBL and the Barossa Crime Prevention Officer, whilst Suzy is the treasurer of GBL and the Duke of Edinburgh’s award co-ordinator.

Together the pair through Gawler Blue Light are responsible for holding leadership development programmes, helping young people volunteer in the community, camps, skate events, canoeing, first aid courses, youth challenges and so much more for the youth of the local community.

Their main ambition is to assist the local youth (in a safe environment) free from drugs, alcohol and safety. 

All whilst offering professional advice and interactions with police officers from the area.

Ian and Suzy have been working incredibly hard to ensure Gawler Blue Light has been identified as the largest blue light in the state for the past five years.

Through their work with GBL, Ian and Suzy have launched Two Wells Blue Light and relaunched the Barossa Blue Light branches, before passing on the ownership to others.

Since then, Gawler Blue Light, Two Wells Blue Light and Barossa Blue Light have been named the three most active blue lights in the state.

They were also lucky enough to visit America in 2007 to present the idea of ‘blue light’ to their troubled communities, particularly youth related issues in California.

“Running all these camps and activities takes a lot of time and equipment,” said Suzy.

“Some times we’ll be away on the camps for nine days.

“But it makes us feel good to know we’re helping youth in the community, it’s our reward.”

The pair acknowledged that they hold discos (under age rages) throughout the year to raise the money to fund their other projects, youth programmes and initiatives.

“We use the money from the discos, to put back into the youth of the community through our programmes and activities,” said Ian.

Ian and Suzy as part of Gawler Blue Light also facilitate the Duke of Edinburgh’s award programme for people aged 14 – 24 years in the community.

This also includes conducting the “Adventurous Journey” components for the participants.

GBL in conjunction with the award have recently sent 2 groups of teens on life changing challenges to trek the historic Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea as a part of their gold and silver awards.

“The award is for anyone,” said Suzy.

“From those physically or intellectually challenged right through to the high achievers.

“We’ve had 60 children so far achieving their bronze, silver or gold awards.”

On August 19 Ian and Suzy attended Government House where seven of their participants from around the region were presented with their gold awards.

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