Noble Park youth celebrate new hub space

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Youth in Noble Park get a bigger, brighter space to feel welcome and safe as South East Community Links (SECL) moves to a new Youth Links Hub.

SECL’s move to Noble Park’s main strip on Douglas Street, just steps away from the train station and other key facilities in the area, means support services are more accessible for young people.

The Victorian Government’s Noble Park Suburban Revitalisation Board supported SECL’s move to the bigger premises through funding for a fit out that is bright, open and fit for purpose, with a striking mural designed by a Noble Park artist.

‘Moving here is a commitment to our youth,’ said Peter McNamara, CEO of SECL.

‘They now have a larger, welcoming drop in space and it feels like a second home; whether it is to ask for advice, or just relax on the couch after a long day.

‘It’s not merely a change in a building and address, it’s about presence and belonging.’

SECL hosted an official opening day during the September school holidays to celebrate. More than 150 young people came out in full force to play handball, dance and get henna tattoos as part of the celebrations.

‘I love coming to SECL – the staff are welcoming, and they host fun and enriching activities for us,’ said Farzana Haidari, a SECL youth leader.

‘It’s a safe space and I encourage my friends to join me as well.’