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Published Friday 29 January 2021
Tags:General, Libraries, Leisure, Media Release, Youth Council

Services and programs make a comeback

Several of Mitchell Shire Council’s most popular services and programs will make a welcome return from Monday 1 February.

Children’s library programs will return to Council’s libraries for the first time since March last year, while Youth Rooms in Broadford and Wallan will throw open their doors in line with the school term and Mitchell Leisure Services are also ready to welcome children back to their Learn to Swim classes.

Pre-school children can get the year off to a great start with the return of Babytime (0-18 months), Rhymetime (18 months to 3 years) and Storytime (3+ years) to libraries, with sessions on different days in Beveridge, Broadford, Kilmore, Seymour and Wallan.

After customer feedback, the free weekly programs will now be held at 9.30am to better suit parents who have made school drop-offs.

The programs have been developed to encourage a lifelong love of reading and learning, to provide social connections for children and parents and to familiarise people with the important role libraries play from an early age.

Mitchell’s youth – anyone aged between 12 and 18 years of age – can drop into any of Council’s Youth Rooms to meet new friends, take part in free activities and engage in a supported environment.

The Youth Rooms open from 3.30-5pm on Mondays at Broadford Youth Room and Thursdays at Wallan Youth Room.

There is a variety of facilities and equipment available to use at the Youth Rooms, including video games, sporting equipment, art and craft supplies, a kitchen and free Wi-Fi.

Students will jump right back in to their Learn to Swim lessons from 1 February, with classes held at Kilmore Leisure Centre and Seymour Sports and Aquatic Centre 7 days a week. Lessons are 30 minutes in duration, once a week during school terms, and participants have free access to swim anytime at Council facilities which helps to enhance what has been learned in lessons.

All Council’s swimming instructors are either Austswim or Swim Australia trained and undertake personal development during the year to keep up to date with current practices.

In an exciting partnership, the Community Activation and Social Isolation Initiative (CASI) and Mitchell Shire Leisure Centres have teamed up to provide a 50 per cent discount on Learn to Swim lessons up to 30 June to encourage social connection and community activity for valid health care card holders.

This page was last updated on 19 February 2021.