Evolve youth service finds new space for drop-in centre.
WELLINGTON youth service Evolve is moving house and is encouraging its clients to add their own flavour to the new premises.
Evolve serves as a drop-in centre, providing company and a place to hang out, peer support, and activity-based projects for anyone from 10-25 years.
It is free and confidential, and has doctors, nurses, counsellors and social workers on its staff.
Community youth worker Simon Mareko says the move coincides with Youth Week (beginning May 20), when Evolve has planned a special workshop to decorate the new place.
“We want to make [the new place] a fresh, youthful and funky place for young people,” says Simon.
He is encouraging young people to contribute towards making Evolve a place they can call their own.”It’s a chance for the youth of Wellington to connect with Evolve and to add their flavour to the place.”
Justin Bartley appreciates what Evolve provides: “I like coming to Evolve because it’s a place where I can hang out with the boys.”
Greater numbers of young people coming to Evolve had prompted the move, and as well as expanding capacity there are other advantages. “Moving into the new building gives us the opportunity to provide wheelchair access which we have not had,” says Simon.
The youthful clients have beenhelping with the move and settling the service in to the larger space.
A small group of Evolve regulars were involved in planning the move.
They visited more than six sites and rated the new site the best fit for Evolve.
Evolve is now located on level 2 of the James Smith building on the corner of Cuba and Manners streets.