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Youth Services



Mansfield Shire Council recognises that young people are not only part of our future, but a really important part of our now. Council’s Youth Services are aimed at tapping into the contributions that young people can make and providing the support that they need.

MYSPN logoMansfield Youth Service Providers Network (MYSPN)

MYSPN provides a forum for youth service providers to discuss and plan services to further the wellbeing of young people in our community, access information and inspiration that will strengthen their services and is a collective that represents and acts for the rights and needs of young people in our community.

For more information, to get a spot on our agenda, to use our newsletter or to sign up for something bigger contact the MYSPN Administrator, Jodie Bell on (03) 5775 8559 or e-mail Jodie.bell@mansfield.vic.gov.au.

Youth Development Worker

Mansfield Shire Council's Youth Development Worker, Jodie Bell is located at CaféConnect and works Monday - Friday. You can drop in and visit her during CaféConnect opening hours on these days or make an appointment.
  • Assisting Council in decision making processes around young people. Programs development connecting young people with their community.
  • A contact for any young person to connect with for support which could be health, legal, housing.
  • Advocate for young people within the broader community by increasing awareness of young people 

Contact: Jodie Bell

Phone: 5775 8559  Text: 0408385992

Mansfield Youth Space - Café Connect


Café Connect is a venue designed by the youth of Mansfield as a safe, fun place to be for Mansfield Youth between the ages 12—25 to enjoy leisure, events, services and activities in a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment under adult supervision.

Opening hours

Tuesday                               2pm — 6pm

Wednesday                         3pm — 7pm

Thursday                             2:30pm — 6pm

Friday                                 2pm — 10pm

Phone:   5779 1082 

We are located at 7 Erril Street

Computer access is free of charge for Mansfield youth.

Please respect our drug and alcohol free space.


'Adept' FReeZA Committee


The FReeZa committee, 'Adept' is a group of young people aged between 12-25 years of age who coordinate and implement youth focused events within the community for youth by youth.

Annually the team plan and implement events to be held throughout the year.  These events can be musical or cultural with events held in the past including 'Phruntsyde Skate Jam' and 'Rock Out' events. 

What we can offer you!!! 

  • To be part of a vibrant team of young people who are interested in delivery music and cultural events
  • Training in event management including the opportunity to obtain accredited training
  • Support from the Youth Development Officer to stage youth focused events in the Mansfield Shire.
  • Exposure to youth events around the State
  • Official recognition for volunteering

What we want from you?

  • A passion to learn, share knowledge and gain skills to coordinate music and youth cultural events locally
  • Keen to work as part of team
  • Commitment to attend regular meetings, training and events.

If you are interested in joining the 2017 FReeZa youth team or interested in learning more about FReeZa, please contact Jodie 0408 370 022.


Youth Engagement Program (YEP)


The Youth Engagement Program aims to re-engage young people aged 12-25 into education and training, employment and the community.

The program provides opportunities for personal development, skills building, volunteering, mentoring support, pathways into pre-accredited and accredited training as well as creating valuable community connections and links with relevant support services.


L2P Learner Driver Mentor Program

The L2P Learner Driver Mentor Program is a VicRoads initiative funded by TAC that aims to assist learners under 21 years of age, who do not have access to a supervising driver or vehicle, to gain the driving experience required to apply for a probationary licence.

Young people are matched with fully licensed volunteer mentors and have access to a sponsored vehicle, which they can use to get supervised driving experience as well as the opportunity to access some driving lessons (funded by the program) with a professional driving instructor to further enhance their driving skills.
L2P is free for eligible young people. If you are interested in joining the program as a driver or as a mentor, please also contact Jodie Bell on 0408 370 022 or email Jodie.bell@mansfield.vic.gov.au