Holidays jam-packed with events

SERVICES UNITE: From left, Zena Wingfield (Nunyara), Darralee Gibson (Plaza Youth), Courtney Beer (Headspace), Fiona Eden (Dept of Child Protection), Keren Burke (SAPOL), Tamy Pond (NAIDOC), Anne Evans (WSPN) and Kimberley Pursche (WSPN).
SERVICES UNITE: From left, Zena Wingfield (Nunyara), Darralee Gibson (Plaza Youth), Courtney Beer (Headspace), Fiona Eden (Dept of Child Protection), Keren Burke (SAPOL), Tamy Pond (NAIDOC), Anne Evans (WSPN) and Kimberley Pursche (WSPN).

Tired of the kids not having enough to do in the school holidays?

Well the Whyalla Combined Services are taking care of that, coming together to create a jam-packed program of events for the September/October School Holidays.

A free family movie day, a drama camp with D'Faces, 3v3 basketball, a colour run and kids disco are just some of the events that will be on offer over the two-week period.

The Whyalla Combined Services are comprised of community organisations including the NAIDOC Week Committee, Nunyara, Headspace, Plaza Youth Centre, and Whyalla Suicide Prevention Network (WSPN).

NAIDOC Week Committee Member Tamy Pond said some organisations, like the WSPN, had chipped in with donations to help make the holiday program happen.

"Between us we've put together two weeks of entertainment for our youth ... teamwork does make the dream work, so we've been able to cater towards the active kids and the creative kids," she said.

"Seeing all our services working as a team has been absolutely fantastic."

Ms Pond said it would be a great opportunity for local kids to put down their phone or laptop screen and get out into the community to have some fun.

"We want the kids to be outside living in the real world, learning those communication skills while getting active, and this is a program that can provide that," she said.

"It's great to have those moments when you can connect as a family and get out to do something you wouldn't normally do."

WSPN President Kimberley Pursche said the group was putting $500 towards the program, with a focus on connecting youth and families.

"We have so much support from our community so it's important for us to give back and we know the school holiday program provides opportunities for kids to keep busy," she said.

"We've really enjoyed being able to collaborate and connect with other organisations in Whyalla to help fill a gap where there might be a need."

The NAIDOC Committee are sponsoring the free movie day, kids disco and reptile park day.

See the full program of events below.