On Wednesday 13th April 2022, Australian Mutual Bank (AMB) who has long been a supporter of Barnardos Australia through their association with the Australian Mutuals Foundation (AMF) lent a hand at the Youthchella event. The event was held at Marrickville Youth Centre, where the Barnardos Sydney Youth Services team (aka Reconnect) hosted a market stall.
Youthchella Art and Music Festival is a creative and fun event organised as part of the NSW Youth Week, a NSW government initiative that began in 1989 dedicated to young people aged from 12 to 25 years. The event featured a live interactive performance hosted by local artists, an art exhibition, local service providers stalls, health nurses offering COVID vaccinations, and free food and drinks.
At the Barnardos Sydney Youth Services (Reconnect) market stall, jewellery and information were up for grabs to encourage engagement and conversations with young people in attendance. AMB employee Debby, along with volunteers from other organisations came to assist with stall set up, presence, pack down and generally getting involved and having fun.
“Despite the rain later in the day, it was a good day and the kids appeared to have a ball” said Debby post-event.
A massive thank you to everyone for providing support to the wonderful work that day!