GOOD-TIME GRILLS: Bluebird is offering a free workshop for young adults.
GOOD-TIME GRILLS: Bluebird is offering a free workshop for young adults.

Drought-affected teens grill to chill

MENTAL Health Week will kick off at Bluebird Kitchen & Smokehouse with a fun activity that encourages participants to eat better and socialise.

Teaming up with Headspace Warwick, Bluebird will be running a BBQ Basics workshop for a group of 15 young adults aged 18 to 25 years.

Attendees will discover how to cook different cuts of meat in different styles of barbecue, working with charcoal and wood.

Bluebird owner Jim Osborn said it would give the young people who wanted to cook a chance to get into it.

“We’ll give them a good knowledge to go away with and the confidence to do it at home. It’ll give them a whole set of skills,” he said.

Mr Osborn said the restaurant had a lot of teenage staff come through over the years.

“We’ve seen the different struggles in our teens and we’ve seen the amazing ways Headspace can be a help to them,” he said.

He said Bluebird was keen to partner in this venture with Headspace and hoped it alerted young adults to the help available to people up to the age of 25 years.

A Headspace spokesman said the Warwick centre, which includes an outreach service in Stanthorpe, is currently helping 275 young people aged 12-25 years with mental health and wellbeing.

Most people come to the centre with anxiety and depression issues along with a range of other drivers, he said.

School stress, problems with friends or family or problems with relationships are among the reasons for their visits.

A team of five counsellors, social workers and psychologists assist the young people at the centre and a youth worker provides help in the community.

The BBQ workshop on Sunday October 6 is geared toward fun, sharing, socialising and learning some useful life skills.

The workshop will be followed by a friends and family lunch where participants will be able to share the food they’ve produced with the larger community. Guests are welcome to the Sunday family lunch and are asked to bring something to the table to share.

For more information visit Bluebird on Facebook or drop by the restaurant at 130 Palmerin St, Warwick.