In late August, the Queensland Premier announced that organised Schoolies events cannot proceed as they have in previous years due to the risks associated with mass gatherings and COVID-19. As always safety for young people and the community is our highest priority.
Whilst end-of-school celebrations will look very different for Year 12 graduates this year, the Safer Schoolies team remain committed to assisting those young people that may still choose to visit Surfers Paradise to mark this milestone in their lives.
Led by Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women, the 2020 School Leaver Support Model – Gold Coast will be delivered in a COVID safe manner in partnership with nine Queensland Government agencies, six community partners and the City of Gold Coast.
It will offer an integrated health and wellbeing space, where young people in need can receive assistance including emergency medical services and specialist mental health support. In addition, street patrols will be undertaken to assist young people and the Red Frogs will once again be offering support within key hotels in Surfers Paradise.
We do still require the assistance of a team of Safer Schoolies volunteers to help keep young people and the community safe under this revised model.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated health risks, we understand that volunteering during the 2020 School Leaver Support Model may not be for everyone. We appreciate that everyone’s circumstances are different and only you can decide what is right for you. Whatever your decision, we will be supportive.
However, if you do choose to volunteer with us this year, rest assured that your health and safety is paramount. We will be implementing COVID safe practices and measures across all aspects of the support model.
If you are interested in volunteering with us this year, please fill in application. This can be done by clicking on the 'Fill in an application' orange button to your right, under the I would like to volunteer heading.
Safer Schoolies team.
School Leaver Support Model – Gold Coast
Dedicated and caring volunteers have given up their time over the years to assist young people in Surfers Paradise. Whilst 2020 Schoolies events are cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, young people may still be present in the precinct. Our volunteers work closely with a number of community organisations as well as local and state government agencies, to deliver vital safety and support services to school leavers celebrating on the Gold Coast.
Patrolling in groups, volunteers provide a first point of contact for school leavers and the local community. They fulfil a range of roles including supporting and assisting emergency service personnel and being a friendly face school leavers can trust with the right advice or support when needed. Volunteers often find the experience enormously rewarding and a great opportunity to make new friends.
To volunteer during the 2020 School Leaver Support Model you must:
If you are interested in volunteering with us this year, please fill in application. This can be done by clicking on the 'Fill in an application' orange button to your right, under the I would like to volunteer heading and either logging into your account or creating a new one.
The 2020 School Leaver Support Model – Gold Coast (‘the model’) is a multi-agency response to the school leaver celebration period, delivered in partnership between the Queensland Government (led by the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women) and the City of Gold Coast.
Operational from Saturday 21 November through to Friday 27 November, the model will be implemented to assist young people who may still choose to visit Surfers Paradise for end-of-school celebrations. The government does not promote these celebrations and in 2020 has stated that all organised events are cancelled, but realises there is a need to support any underage and unsupervised Year 12 school leavers who may be present in the Surfers Paradise precinct, and the local community.
The 2020 model sees government working in partnership with community groups to provide integrated and coordinated health and wellbeing support services, which aim to help keep young people safe and minimise potential impacts on local residents.
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