Services for Youth in Mitchell Shire

Meet the Mitchell Youth Services Team and check out their work in the community


Services for Youth

Our Team

The primary purpose of Youth Services is to actively promote, develop and encourage the physical, social, mental and spiritual wellbeing of young people through providing, facilitating, planning, funding and advocating for the needs and issues of young people, their families and the community.

Mitchell Youth Services provide formal and informal services for young people, in groups or as individuals. These include advocacy, community development, referral, social education, participation programs, and skills development (such as leadership skills). Youth Services provide important advice to other organisations, agencies and different levels of government on the needs of young people in Mitchell Shire. In addition, Youth Services has a role in social policy formation, coordination and implementation.

Youth Services works to facilitate and advocate for stronger links between young people and their communities, for the voices of young people to be heard and to enhance young people's civic engagement


Portrait photo

Buffy Leadbeater, Youth Services Coordinator

Buffy Leadbeater has worked in local government for over 15 years and has had extensive education, experience and training in Community Development. Buffy has worked within the bushfire recovery area for 3 year prior to her commencement with Mitchell Youth Services in 2012. Buffy has over 20 years’ experience in working with young people and is married with three children.

Phone: (03) 5734 6200
Facebook: Mitchell Youth Services



Mitchell Youth Service Card for 2015-16

The free card is a wallet-sized guide to local businesses that offers discounts on shopping and services to cardholders aged 10-24.

The Mitchell Youth Card is valid until 30 June 2016 and is available from all local libraries or by contacting Youth Services on (03) 5734 6313 to arrange for one to be mailed. You can also pick one up from participating businesses and youth service providers.

For more information please contact Youth Services on 5734 6200 or email

Mitchell FReeZA

Program funded by State Government and Council to provide support and training for young people to organise art, music and cultural events for young people. Mitchell Youth Services is funded for this program until Dec 2015

Mitchell Youth Council

Council Advisory Committee and Youth Development program. Youth Council provides a mechanism for Youth to advocate for the needs of young people and to meaningfully contribute to Council decision making.

Youth Grants Program

An annual grants program which aims to fund Youth lead projects or events. Youth Services provides support and mentoring for groups or individuals to apply for the funding and deliver the associated project.

Social Media

Mitchell Youth Services recognise the importance of Social Media in connecting and engaging with Young People. Currently Mitchell Youth Services administrate a Facebook page.

- Mitchell Shire Youth Services Facebook

Mitchell Youth Services Information Card

Wallet size information card featuring contact numbers for a range of service providers and discounts for local businesses. The card is updated annually and distributed to a database of young people also available in local shire libraries and youth service providers.

Broadford Youth Centre

Youth specific meeting space/drop in centre located in the Broadford Leisure Centre. Currently open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

National Youth Week (NYW) Event

Each year Youth Service provides support and mentoring to a group of young people/organisations to apply for a State Government National Youth Week grant and deliver the associated project.

In 2013 Mitchell Shire Council has allocated an additional $25,000 to provide youth programs throughout Wallan, Kilmore, Broadford, Seymour and Wandong for Youth Week in April 2014.

Skate Parks

Mitchell Shire Council currently maintains Wallan, Wandong, Kilmore, Broadford and Seymour Skateparks. Youth Services facilitate skate events and developmental programs at these locations. Currently Youth Services in coordination with YMCA are developing a trial mentoring and up skilling program for the youth of Mitchell Shire.

Street Art

Mitchell Youth Services supports arts and culture within our municipality. External funding together with council contribution allows youth service to create educational and legal Street Art workshops with in Mitchell Shire.

Student Placement

Are you studying Youth Work or undertaking Community Services training? Why not complete your student placement with the Youth Services team and learn about what Local Government has to offer young people in Mitchell Shire.

  • Student placements are offered to tertiary students ONLY studying an approved Youth Work or Community Services course
  • Work Experience for secondary students is NOT AVAILABLE
  • Placements are available for between 3 and 10 hours per week depending on operational needs.
  • Hours of placement will predominantly be 2pm - 6pm, Monday - Friday at youth centres in Broadford and Wallan.
  • Block placements (9am - 5pm, Monday - Friday) are negotiable for research projects or office based placements only
  • Priority will be given to students studying approved Youth Work courses

Download the Student Placement Application Form (PDF, 185K)

Download the Student Placement Handbook (PDF, 2MB)

For further information please contact:
Buffy Leadbeater
Coordinator Youth Services
Phone: (03) 5734 6313