Geraldton PCYC Project fosters relationship between youth and WA Police

The Geraldton PCYC Edible Garden project was developed by Senior Constable Sally Halliday, WA Police Youth Crime Intervention Officer (YCIO) to help foster positive interactions between young people and police. The project brings local students together to learn about growing and maintaining a vegetable garden, along with healthy eating habits. The initiative aims to break down barriers between WA Police and youth while offering something a little different from the usual programs like Basketball and Football.

The environmentally friendly, health conscious project will also help to teach young people how to sustain a vegetable garden as well as how to make healthy meals with the produce grown encouraging healthy eating and healthy lifestyles.

The program has received generous support from many local businesses including Bunnings Geraldton, Patience Sandland and Geraldton Tyrepower who have donated equipment, plants, soil, furniture and tyres that will be hand painted by young people.

Geraldton PCYC is seeking any donation of outdoor furniture, edible plants and garden objects for this project, with plans to make the outdoor space an inviting place to “hang out” for our vulnerable youth and the community.

Geraldton PCYC are also running health conscious drives in light of their new edible garden project, selling vegetable, fruit, flower and herb growing kits along with seed embedded Christmas cards and Soy Wax Candles to support the running of free youth programs at their centre.

For more information about the edible garden project, including how to provide in-kind or financial support, please contact Geraldton PCYC on 9964 4787 or email geraldtonpcyc@wapcyc.com.au.