Young People

Community Services Centre
Giyalang Ganya ‘Belonging House’
286 Lords Place, Orange
 02 6393 8600

Youth Services

Orange City Council organises facilities and activities for young people in Orange.

Youth Services Interagency

The Orange Youth Services Interagency is a great way for Youth Service providers to get together and share information and ideas. They meet on the fourth Wednesday of every month. A variety of services are represented with people from health, police, accommodation and housing, employment and recreational services. Phone 6393 8628 for details.

Orange Youth Contacts Card

The Youth Services Interagency has put together a card with contact numbers and web addresses so young people can find the information and services they might need, like accommodation or employment. Download a copy, cut it out and it folds up to business card size, easy to keep handy.

Orange Youth Card Contact Information [.pdf]

After school activities

Orange City Council’s program of after-school sports and activities is underway for the first school term of the year.

The time-table features soccer in the Bowen area on Monday afternoons between 4 and 5 pm, and basketball in the Glenroi area on Tuesdays between 4 and 5pm. Another session on Thursdays will be based around the Bowen CTC centre. Starting this Thursday 12 February between 4 – 5 pm, the aim is to add value to what’s already happening at the CTC centre with Homework Help. Once the children have completed their home-work, there will be activities to increase young people’s skills and their engagement.

Merge Holiday Activity Program

The Community Development Team, through the Youth Services Interagency, has helped with  planning and running the Merge Holiday Activity Program. The program started in January 2006 and is on every January, April and October school holidays.

Cadia Valley Operations has supported the funding for Council to run the program. The idea is that through Merge young people and their families will meet new people, learn new skills and feel better about engaging with their community. That way they are less likely to get involved with antisocial pastimes, especially during the school holidays when kids get bored.

The program is  free of charge for the target group and gives identified young people the chance to do some fun, local activities like sports, ten pin bowling going to the movies, swimming/lessons, horse riding etc and lots more during school holidays.

For more information on Merge programs, contact the Youth Project Officer on 6393 8628.

Orange Youth Awards

Orange City Council has developed a monthly Youth Award with the aim of recognising and celebrating young people in our community.

If you know a young person between 12 and 25 years who has made a significant contribution to the areas of education, community work, sport, culture, the arts or the environment you are invited to complete a nomination form.

An independent panel will select the Youth of the Month and all nominees will receive a certificate of achievement.

The monthly winner will be profiled in the local media and will go on to be nominated for the Orange Australia Day Young Citizen of the Year Award.

Nomination forms are available below, or from the Council’s Customer Service desk, Orange City Library and the Orange Community Information and Services Centre.

Youth Week

National Youth Week (NYW) is the largest celebration of young people in Australia in April each year. Thousands of young people aged 12–25 all across Australia get involved in NYW each year.

NYW is an opportunity for young people to:
• share ideas
• attend live events
• have their voices heard on issues of concern
• showcase their talents
• celebrate their contribution to the community
• take part in competitions

Youth Week is an annual program of events that happens all across Australia. It focuses on celebrating young people and the contribution they make inthe community. Events in Orange include concerts, awards nights, movies, fashion shows, youth forums and Skate Park events coordinated through the Youth Services Interagency.

For more information visit or Orange Youth Services Interagency.