By Mick Jensen
Ashburton-raised Craig Rose is the new co-ordinator at BASE youth centre.
The 41-year-old, who is a father of four children aged from four to 17 years, started in the role last week.
Mr Rose is also a flight lieutenant in the Air Training Corps (ATC) and in that officer role has worked with young people for the last 16 years.
“I’ve really enjoyed the interaction with youth at ATC and I’ve developed a real passion for working with young people.”
Mr Rose said he had empathy with youth, who were the country’s future, and believed he had the necessary skills to guide them.
“BASE provides a safe environment where local youth can relax, be themselves and learn new skills.
“My role is to support them and to be a positive role model,” he said.
BASE is now at 193 Burnett Street and shares the space with youth health centre HYPE and youth support worker Juanita Richards from He Waka Tapu.
BASE offers an after school venue (3pm until 5pm) for youth aged between 10 and 16 years and also runs a school holiday programme.
Craig Rose said he was impressed with the new BASE venue and was excited to see its potential developed.
A basketball hoop would be installed in the courtyard and new ideas for wall murals would be explored with youth input over the coming weeks, he said.
BASE also has free wi-fi, a pool table, gaming areas, fussball, computers and areas to complete homework, relax and hang out.
A open evening to show off and celebrate the new venue will be held tonight (April 27).