Youth urged to join PCYC ac­tiv­i­ties

Southern Telegraph - - News - Ce­cilia Allen

Af­ter an up­grade of more than $1.1 mil­lion to the Rock­ing­ham PCYC dur­ing 2016 and 2017, the staff at the youth cen­tre are en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to be­come aware of the cen­tre’s ac­tiv­i­ties and pro­grams in hopes it will be utilised more.

The cen­tre re­launched in March last year, with funds be­ing in­jected to help it be­come more wel­com­ing and vi­brant for the re­gion’s youth and al­low for recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties and di­ver­sion­ary pro­grams to be de­liv­ered to the wider com­mu­nity.

Re­fur­bish­ments in­cluded the in­stal­la­tion of an out­door pa­tio, a com­mer­cial kitchen, new roof, floor­ing, cab­i­netry, car­pet and a fresh paint job.

Rock­ing­ham PCYC has been run­ning since 1971 and de­liv­ers a va­ri­ety of projects and ac­tiv­i­ties for youth and youth at risk within the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“Peo­ple who have been in the area for a long time prob­a­bly know about us, but nowhere enough peo­ple are aware of who we are and what we do,” Rock­ing­ham PCYC man­ager Justin Sam­bell said.

“What we do in the com­mu­nity is pretty spe­cial and can only get more spe­cial, now that we’re re­ally try­ing to ramp this place up.”

Mr Sam­bell said the cen­tre had two main fo­cuses: sport and re­cre­ation and learn­ing and de­vel­op­ment.

The cen­tre has about 200 chil­dren reg­is­tered for gym­nas­tics a year but also of­fers air-ri­fle shoot­ing, archery, mar­tial arts, roller­skat­ing, dance, bingo, ju­nior darts, po­lice rangers and joey rangers.

New to this year’s pro­gram is a three-on-three bas­ket­ball com­pe­ti­tion, which in­cludes a cor­po­rate cup for busi­nesses and not-for­profit or­gan­i­sa­tions and ju­nior com­pe­ti­tions.

The learn­ing and de­vel­op­ment as­pect of the cen­tre pro­vides youth at risk with op­por­tu­ni­ties to gain em­ploy­ment.

The cen­tre de­liv­ers a Weld to Life pro­gram, which pro­vides at-risk youth the chance to learn tech­ni­cal skills in a hands-on en­vi­ron­ment.

Par­tic­i­pants grad­u­ate with a Cer­tifi­cate I in En­gi­neer­ing and Cer­tifi­cate I in Wider Op­por­tu­ni­ties for Work.

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