New RYSS Centre officially opens

Regional Youth Support Services (RYSS) has officially opened its new centre in Gosford after a 12-month delay.

A ceremony to mark the occasion was held on November 3 at the office in Erina St, with NSW Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services, Alister Henskens, and Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and Member for Terrigal, Adam Crouch, cutting the ribbon.

Also present at the opening were Director of Commissioning and Planning NSW Department of Communities and Justice, Susan Mullard, and Community Bank Bendigo representative, Michael Bell.

RYSS CEO, Kim McLoughry, said it was exciting to be opening the new space.

“We’ve been waiting for 12 months on our new premises so it’s exciting to have the Minister here today,” she said.

“We run early intervention services, we have an Indigenous Justice program, we have an NDIS Disability Support service and a whole range of youth support activities here in the community.

“At any one time, we have 200 kids on our books that we’re supporting and doing case management, and [providing] different types of supports.”

Before the move, RYSS was located in the Parkside building in Donnison St, which is to be redeveloped as a regional library.

RYSS is the largest local youth and family service in the region.

Other services offered include The Bus outreach, school interventions and GenQ, a safe place for young people aged 12-17 who identify as sexually and gender diverse.

Harry Mulholland