Brisk start for pair

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Cromwell’s new youth workers may have only been in their positions for a week but they have hit the ground running.
Since taking up their positions for the Cromwell Youth Trust last Monday, Hamish Peeti and Clair Scott have been busy not only planning new activities for the town’s young people but have also been working on a landscaping project outside their base, The Hut Youth Centre in the Cromwell Mall.
Soil has been removed from a garden area outside the building and will be replaced with schist and edged. Trellising, to provide a barrier for privacy, would also be installed, Mr Peeti said.
A working bee had been planned for this Saturday if needed.
Mrs Scott said the pair were excited about their new roles and working with youth. One of the major goals was to encourage young people to develop life skills and to be proactive.
Originally from Dunedin, the former early childhood teacher moved to Cromwell two years ago.
Mr Peeti, who has a background in the armed services, moved south from the North Island for a ‘‘change of lifestyle’’.
Now living in Lake Hawea, he had been impressed with the work the Wanaka-based Kahu Youth Trust was doing and hoped to model many of the Cromwell programmes on it.
The pair intended to keep some of The Hut’s established programmes.
‘‘The ‘Open House’ and ‘Church Untamed’ will continue and we will also have girls’ nights on Tuesdays and boys’ nights on Thursdays. Wednesday will continue to be an ‘Open House’ and we have set aside Monday nights for youth in year 6, 7 and 8,’’ Mr Peeti said.
Mrs Scott said there would be a new school holiday programme developed that would include one camp in each holiday break.
‘‘We are also looking at doing career, quiz and movie nights and camping and tramping expeditions.’’
The Hut Youth Centre is open Monday to Friday from 3pm-5pm.