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Empowering YOUth Program (Palmerston)



  • Are you a young person aged 12 to 17*?
  • Are you neurodivergent (autistic, ADHD, have sensory processing needs) or have experienced challenges that have affected your wellbeing?
  • Do you like trying new things, having fun and meeting new people?

* Will consider as young as 9 in some circumstances.

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Please register your interest in the Empowering YOUTH Program program by completing this online form. please click on the button below. Once your place is confirmed, we will arrange a time to speak with the young person and their caregiver about the ways our program facilitators can support the young person to participate and enjoy the program.

The program is free, but places are limited.

Please contact Sarah at or on 0474 426 326 for more information.

Session dates

This program will be held on Saturdays over a 4 week period:

    • Session 1 –  25 May
    • Session 2 – 1 June
    • Session 3 – 8 June
    • Session 4 – 15 June
2:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Celebrating our achievements

In the final session, we will reflect on our time together, what we have learned about each other and the benefits of being part of a diverse community. This session will be a celebration of our strengths and everything we have achieved.

2:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Creating our own planet

This session is an imaginative and creative exploration of everything that is important to us through the creation of our very own planet. If there were no limits and you had infinite abilities, what kind of planet would you create to live on? The ‘create your own planet’ activity is designed to creatively explore: our likes/dislikes; what’s meaningful and important to us; what we do to enjoy ourselves; what we do to cope when we have had a bad day; and the people and places that are important to us.

2:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Coming together & celebrating our diversity

During this session we will focus on getting to know each other and explore our ways of working together to make the program safe, fun and enjoyable for all. We will celebrate the differences and similarities within our group as a starting point to explore the concept of ‘diversity’ and why it makes our world a better place to live in. We will find out what it means to be a ‘peer’ and how accessing ‘peer support’ by connecting with others who also have diverse abilities is both strengthening and empowering. The program will end with some creative activities which explore who we are and what makes up our identity.

2:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Feeling good & living well

During this session we will learn about mental health and wellbeing. This will include: ways of thinking that are helpful (and unhelpful); what we can do to improve wellbeing; how to know if we are not coping; and who to go to for support. We will also learn about our rights, how to speak up for ourselves and find support when we need it to make sure our rights are upheld.

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Noelene Armstrong

Peer Project Manager

  • Date : 25 May 2024 - 15 June 2024
  • Time : 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm (Australia/Darwin)
  • Venue : Community Room, Palmerston Library
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