Activities aim to reduce social isolation and boredom for young people

By Tara Whitsed

Young people in Greater Shepparton are being encouraged to connect with the community via Primary Care Connect’s UCAN project.

The Unlimited Choices of Activities Now initiative would start early next year with an outdoor movie, Primary Care Connect health promotions officer Sam Spinks said.

‘‘We’ve also partnered with Activities in the Park to hold scavenger hunts in towns throughout Greater Shepparton,’’ she said.

The initiative aims to create activities for young people to help reduce social isolation, loneliness and boredom.

Ms Spinks said young people who had something to participate in were far less likely to engage in harmful or anti-social behaviours.

The initiative kicks off on January 4 with an outdoor movie night at Victoria Park Lake in Shepparton. A free community barbecue is at 7pm, followed by a screening of Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

This event will be followed by scavenger hunts in Dookie, Mooroopna, Tatura, Murchison and Shepparton from January 7 to January 11.

‘‘People can bring a group or come along on your own for a gentle walk around the track finding signs and take in the world around them,’’ Ms Spinks said.

The hunts are at Dookie Rail Trail Walk on Monday, January 7; Mooroopna History Walk on Tuesday, January 8; Tatura Town History Walk on Wednesday, January 9; Murchison History Meander on Thursday, January 10; and Victoria Park Lake in Shepparton on Friday, January 11.

Each session runs from 10am to 2pm and is suitable for all fitness levels.

For more information about any of the UCAN events, including more regular activities in the new year, visit the Primary Care Connect Facebook page.