Camden's Youth Fest set to be full of fun

Camden's Youth Week activities will be a chance for local young people to listen, learn and enjoy.

The biggest event on the Youth Week calendar is the YMCA NSW Youth Fest.

The free event will focus on mental health for young residents.

Headspace and yourtown will provide information, flyers and merchandise to attendees.

yourtown transition to work coordinator Huss Dehaine said mental health was the number one reason why young people contacted their service, Kids Helpline in 2018.

"It's Australia's only free, private and confidential 24/7 online and phone counselling service for young people aged five to 25 - and it is there any time and for any reason," Mr Dehaine said.

"It's crucial that young people know organisations like yourtown are there especially for them.

"We'll be at Youth Fest for any young person or family who may like to talk to us about how we can help.

"We'll take the time to listen, understand and encourage young people to find their place."

The event will also feature young, local and emerging musicians and performers, including Gravity Stone, Beck Baker, Debbies and The Fat Controllers.

Camden mayor Peter Sidgreaves said the event formed part of the council's Youth Week celebrations.

"Here in Camden, we have more than 28,000 residents aged under 30 years - which is 37 per cent of our population," Cr Sidgreaves said.

"It's so important we organise fun, productive and educational activities for our young residents, and what better time to do that than NSW Youth Week.

"It's the largest celebration of people aged 12 to 25 years across the state, and I'm proud Camden has such an exciting and extensive program on offer."

Council's Youth Week program features more than 20 different events and activities, including:

  • Challenge Accepted, a fitness competition to win free month's membership at YMCA Mount Annan Leisure Centre, on Wednesday, April 10, 5.30-6.30pm, at Mount Annan Leisure Centre.
  • Bring Your Own Beat music jam on Thursday, April 11 and April 18 April from 7-11pm at Camden Civic Centre.
  • Bar, brushes and pizza, where young people will learn information on drugs and alcohol, while making mocktails and creating art, on Monday, April 15 at 1-4pm, at Oran Park Library.
  • Writing short stories with writer, Luke Carman, on April 16 and 17 from 10am-4pm at Narellan Library.

Youth Fest will be held on Saturday, April 13 from 3pm to 6pm, at Mount Annan Leisure Centre.

Details: camden.nsw.gov.au and search 'Youth Week'.