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Project to strengthen management of youth events

March 30th, 2017
[Press relese]

A new project funded by the Ministry of Youth Development to strengthen the local youth events scene is about to get underway.

With the support of Nelson City Council, Tasman District Council and Volunteer Nelson, the project features a series of Event Management training workshops for young people, giving young event entrepreneurs an opportunity to learn from local industry professionals.

There will also be practical opportunities to apply acquired knowledge and deliver new youth events across the region.

An advisory panel, made up of young people from across the region will also be established, to give steerage to the future planning and provision of youth events in the top of south.

Volunteer Nelson Manager, Katy Steele, highlights the importance youth events play in enhancing wellbeing and cohesion in our communities.

"Youth events, parties and social gatherings take many shapes, sizes and forms and are an important component for young people as they transition into adulthood," she says.

"We have a social responsibility to ensure that young people organising these events, be it a community event or a private party, are trained in best practice when it comes to delivering safe, enjoyable and vibrant youth events.

"We have had many young people and community organisations contacting us about volunteering at events, or requesting volunteers for events. By providing opportunities for young people to train in events management we will strengthen the pool of people available to volunteer/work at the many events we have around the region.

"It can also be a viable career option for young people and this course will be a step in the right direction."

Developed and delivered by Youth and Community Works, the interactive event management workshops provide an introductory insight into the field of event management and hope to inspire, motivate and provide opportunities for workshop participants to turn their ideas into events for all young people to enjoy.

The workshops will cover topics on developing ideas, action planning, financial planning, risk management, marketing/promotion, and implementing the event.

Examples of events could include fundraisers and awareness campaigns, sports and recreation events, talent quests, music gigs and dance parties, and school balls and after parties.

Workshops are free to attend and aimed at 15-24 year olds. Spaces are strictly limited. The Motueka workshop will be on Tuesday 25th April from 10.00am to 4.00pm at Community House; others will be held in GOlden Bay and Nelson.

Register your interest by contacting Paul McConachie ( or Facebook message 'Nelson Youth Events'.

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