With term two starting again for students, the Autumn Huddle Holidays thanks to the Department of Education and Training comes to a close.

The past two weeks were filled to the brim with amazing activities for our 196 junior and senior participants. Ranging from sports, arts and culture, job upskilling to challenges.

The first week kicked off with the ever-popular Huddle Picnic at North Melbourne Community Centre. After a wonderful Welcome to Country from Djirri Djirri dancers, 39 young people and North Melbourne AFLW players Ash Riddell and Tahlia Randall took part in the events of the day including a DJ session with Rojdar, henna, football and soccer clinic with SEDA, colouring activities and yoga with OMG! Yoga.

Wednesday was spent at Strike Highpoint with North Melbourne player Tarryn Thomas joining in on the fun. Twenty-five senior participants put their minds and teamwork skills to the test with Escape Rooms, got tactical with Laser Tag and rolled into some great games of bowling.

Thursday saw 35 junior participants trek out to Belgrave to aboard the Puffing Billy. With legs dangling out the carriage, smiles on face and waves to workers at the stations on the line, the young people were thrilled to be passengers for the day.

Week two started with an immersive art experience at The Lume Van Gogh exhibition. Twenty-four junior participants strolled through the space, admiring beautiful projections on the walls and floors of Van Gogh’s art and life story. A group of participants got artistic themselves, following a tutorial on how to draw some of Van Gogh’s best pieces.

Thirteen senior participants started their weeks with valuable upskilling, taking part in the First Aid Course facilitated by The Gordon. This experience gives the participants the knowledge, skillset and qualification to assist them in the future when applying for jobs, and for general safety in the community.

A Huddle Holidays favourite, 28 junior participants headed to Bounce on Thursday to jump out their last school holidays energy and on Friday, a hit with a whopping 97 senior participants, the volleyball tournament with the help of Western Region Volleyball took place at Eagle Stadium.

The Autumn Huddle Holidays was a fun experience for all involved from the 196 participants, to volunteers, to the staff. Everyone is already looking forward to the next events in spring.

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