Penrith Youth & FCS Skate It Up

Last week on Thursday & Friday, our staff made the big trip up to Lithgow and Portland in the Blue Mountains to connect and share some fun times with the local community.

A free skateboard workshop, yummy sausage sizzle, games, prizes and most importantly spending time in Portland. Portland is a small rural community with a population of 2000 and no support services close by. This was a great way to show that even though we aren’t in Portland, FCS Lithgow is the closest link and want to ensure they know we are here to help when they need it.

The Family Connect and Support team with Penrith Youth Support were lucky enough to partner with Totem Skateboarding and Lithgow City Council for a day of community engagement and FUN.

The sun was shining, families were smiling, parents were socialising and children were playing. Something that has been so uncommon with the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Everyone wore masks and remained safe, a demonstration of our commitment as workers to health and wellbeing.

The team worked superbly together to inform everyone of Barnardos services and provide drug and alcohol educational workshops to both parents and young people in a very fun and engaging way.

Games and crafts were designed to cater to all ages and abilities and laughter filled the air.

It was beautiful to watch the pure joy on the young people’s faces as they won skateboards, pogo sticks, scooters, items for the lake and many more prizes. It was such an honour to work alongside this Penrith team and focus on providing these families with a fun day out and educational information that will help them in the future.