Headspace’s free music brainstorm

PASSIONATE local youth committee members at Headspace have come together to create a free music festival being held in the Botanical Gardens on Friday, April 19.

The Headspace Advisory Reference Group put their heads together months ago to plan an event for Coffs Harbour to celebrate National Youth Week.

After the success of the Block Party at Headspace October 2011 the youth leaders voted to create a free music day out for 12-25-year-olds - Check Your Head - in an alcohol and drug free environment .

The development manager for Headspace, Jesse Taylor, said the group members meet monthly to help keep Headspace Mid North Coast accessible and appealing to young people.

"They give us their ideas and opinions and they participate in community activities like helping to develop and deliver workshops in schools," Mr Taylor said. "They help organise events that create community awareness about young people's mental health. A representative from the group then goes to Headspace national meetings.

Among the group's members is Phanessa Rossier, 19. "HARG is a group of young people making a positive difference in Coffs Harbour," Ms Rossier, who is also the group's co-ordinator, said.

For more on Check Your Head, go to today's Social Animal liftout

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