Roebourne group racks up awards
A Roebourne youth centre has swept a trifecta of regional awards for PCYCs across the State.
Roebourne Police and Citizens’ Youth Club and its volunteers were awarded Regional Centre for Excellence and Partnership of the Year for its work with the Roebourne Town Work Camp, and Junior Volunteer of the Year went to local youngster Maxie Coppin, 14, at the WA PCYC Annual Awards ceremony in Perth two weeks ago.
Centre manager Kirsty Levi said it was an honour for the team to be acknowledged for their hard work and innovation in building programs and attracting funding over the past few years.
“It has been a long, hard slog and lots of hours, but it’s great (to win),” she said. “The Regional Centre for Excellence award means we’re the best PCYC in the regions. We’ve improved the most or we’re providing a good service to the community.
“I think the reason why we got it is it’s the most improved in the past two years. We’ve been able to get a lot of things up and running.”
Those programs include a packed school holiday activities schedule and a Kids Safe Space program, both of which have been so successful that funding group Regional Development Australia has renewed its support for another three years.
The junior volunteer win marks the second consecutive year Maxie has taken home the top honour, and Ms Levi said she was hoping to employ him when he was old enough.
Roebourne Regional Prison Superintendent Richard Butcher said the Town Work Camp frequently volunteered to set up flat-pack furniture and decorate at the PCYC Sholl Street headquarters.
Roebourne police officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Gemma Hennigan said the whole community benefited from the PCYC’s work.
Senior Sergeant Gemma Hennigan, Kirsty Levi and Superintendent Richard Butcher with the three PCYC WA awards.