January 2017 E-New
In this issue
Latest News
Courses, Programs & Activities
Outreach Program
Byron Youth Service Team



Hope you had a lovely, relaxing break!

2017 has started off with a welcome contribution from the Beach Hotel of $1770! Thank you!

The film making workshop is underway and we still have spots available in all the workshops. (Details below).

Street Cruise has been very busy with many young people home for the holidays. Lovely to catch with many of them and hear their stories. The CBD has been extremely busy with Falls Festival and School Holidays so lots of opportunities to remind young people of harm minimisation strategies and staying safe.

We are encouraging community members to join our volunteer program to assist us in admin, fundraising, Byron Flea Market, grant writing, social media, housekeeping, garden maintenance and overall general duties around the YAC and the Mullumbimby Cottage. Contact Berri on 0417 332 465 or email info@bys.org.au
Once again we are offering the Hospitality/Events management course to our young people aged 16 to 24,  made possible by the generous donation from the Flannery Foundation.  (See flyer below for details).

DOCS EIPP program including groups and case management will restart in the school term.

We're looking forward to expanding our programs even more in 2017 and welcome all donations that will help us achieve our goals.

From all of us @ BYS

Byron: 6685 7777
Mullum: 6684 3086

Latest News


Sometimes youth workers have the privilege of working with a whole family and supporting each young person to achieve their goals. The end of 2016 was a time of celebration and heartwarming to see all family members coming together at the school farewell! 

Please go to youtube to see the clever and creative claymation  project by Mullumbimby girls group, Year 9. Thanks to Dale for her creative abilities.  

Work & Development Order (WDO)
The Work and Development Order (WDO) Scheme is an initiative that offers vulnerable young people (aged 12-24) the opportunity to clear outstanding fines with activities at the Byron Youth Service like unpaid/volunteer work, counselling, & participation in courses or programs.
WDOs are available to anyone who is homeless or in acute financial hardship, as well as people living with mental illness, intellectual disability, cognitive impairment or serious addiction.
Byron Youth Service is working together with Legal Aid NSW and the Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW) to link eligible clients with the program.
For more information call BYS on 6685 7777.


Woodford Folk Fesitval provided a fantastic end to 2016 and beautiful start to 2017 with Jess Lu and Georgia Conechado assisting Director Lisa Apostolides in "Try a Little BYT" workshops in the children's festival.  Feedback from kids and parents proved that BYT can touch the hearts and minds of everyone.  " This has been the best start to every day, my daughter and I will definitely come again and so wish we had something like this where we live" : commented one Dad
Our mornings with the kids not only prepped me for the day, but it was beautiful to see each kid's face brighten with a smile. It got ve ry warm at times, but it was totally worth the time we spent with them, and I feel as though we helped enrich their experience of Woodford" shares Jess.

BYT members are preparing for a MEGA year in 2017.  First will be a video project made possible by a Small Change grant from Byron Council gained by Tilka Fosmale.  The video will feature a range of Byron teenagers making comments about "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly" of growing up in Byron Bay.
Commencing in February will be the Youth suicide prevention project called " Here Today".  BYT will connect with local and national health and education organisations such as headspace, ACON, Beyond Blue, Department of Health, and the Australian Suicide Prevention Foundation to create a two part production including Forum Theatre and workshops.  This has been funded by Country Arts Support program Regional Arts NSW and Northern Rivers Community Foundation. 
BYT are already booked to deliver another 6 performances at the Positive Adolescent Sexual Health ( PASH) conference in June and their stellar production "Broken" on domestic and family violence looks like it may be picked by a larger organisation and become part of regional training program.

Byron Youth Theatre will be the recipients of Nudge Nudge fundraising event on FEBRUARY 5th at the Billinudgel Pub which will go towards the Youth Suicide prevention production as well as getting "Broken" ready for the next round of performances.  

We deeply appreciate any and all support the community can offer.
For more information about how to join, how to donate/help please visit our facebook page and website ( in development)

Photos BYT Xmas party, Woodford workshops 



Courses - Programs - Activities 












The Safer Learner Driver Course is a combined theoretical and practical Course for under 25 year-old learner drivers who have completed 50 hours of log book driving hours. The Course involves two Modules:

  • Module one: A three-hour facilitated group discussion on how to manage risks on the road. This will involve a maximum of twelve participants and will be delivered by a facilitator.
  • Module two: A two-hour in-vehicle coaching session to develop low-risk driving strategies. This will involve two participants and a coach.

Participants who complete the course will receive a bonus of 20 hours credit recorded in their learner driver log book.



  • BYS is an RMS authorised Course Provider
  • The Course costs a total of $140 for both modules.
  • Participants may enjoy completing the Course with a friend particularly for the in-vehicle session. 
  • For more information please contact:
Steffie on 6685 7777 or email  info@bys.org.au
or book directly   www.bys.org.au/L-Driver-Course/

Next Module 1 Courses @ the YAC:  
Wednesday 1st & 8th February 2017 - 4.30pm to 7.30pm 

Coffee image 
24th January
14th February
4 to 7pm
 Ages 15 to 24
Byron Youth Activity Centre
1 Gilmore Crescent Byron Bay
To book a place call Steffie on 6685 7777

Thank you to Byron Bay Coffee Co for donating coffee for our courses!

A safe, supportive space where girls from the Shire 
can socialise, grow confidence, 
and create positive new visions for themselves and others!

Commencing in February
Wednesdays - 4 to 6pm
 for girls  12 to 18
Contact Berri on 0490 026 840

Outreach Program


Cruising the Byron Shire on Friday nights from 8pm till 12am.  







for allowing us to park the bus on their property!  


Your donations are invaluable!

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Byron Youth Service Team

Management Committee 2016

Kristie Clifton                            Chairperson
Kirra Pendergast                 Vice Chairperson
Michael Goldberg                           Secretary
Ian Leggo                                    Treasurer
 Mark Smith                                    Member  
Martyn Mills                                   Member
Patrick Lorenz                                Member
Teeya Blatt                                    Manager

Byron Youth Service Workers
Teeya Blatt                                                         Manager
Deb Pearse                               Mullum Youth Coordinator
  Rosalie Bryant                           Byron - Youth Coordinator  
 Stephanie Sims                                       YAC Coordinator  
                       Berri Drum                                  Byron Flea Coordinator                          
Dale Shaddick                 Education Support Youth Worker 
Lindy Lou Smith       Hospitality/Events Course Coordinator
Jonathan Edwards                                              Accounts
David Dalton                                               Street Cruise
Community Project Workers 

 Liz Harbison                                Byron Community Campus
Chad Kolcze                                             The Uncle Project
Morag Roseby                                          The Uncle Project
 Lisa Apostolides                    BYT Youth Theatre Co-ordinator
Nicqui Yazdi                                 BUDDI CDAT Co-ordinator