Belmont Business Enterprise Centre has recognised Midland PCYC in the 25th Small Business Awards with the 2018 Achievements Award. The Awards provide recognition and encouragement for small business achievements and are for small businesses, individuals and organisations in Belmont, Perth metropolitan area and across regional Western Australia. The award was presented at the ‘Night of Stars’ event in the Ballroom of the Perth Exhibition and Convention Centre on October 24.
Delighted Centre Manager, Jackie Abbott, was visibly proud of her team of staff and volunteers who had contributed to this honourable result.
“It’s a direct result of the work we do with critically disengaged youth,” she explained, “by way of assisting with quality certified training and educational programs.”
This work is ongoing across the state at PCYC centres and is also delivered by an Outreach mobile service. “Learning and development programs are a big part of what PCYC does,” CEO David van Ooran said of the win. “We are just getting data from recent programs from WA Police, and astoundingly, criminal offences by participants falls dramatically. Looking at outcomes for 188 participants across 2017 and 2018, offending fell by around 90% while they were on the courses. This is further evidence that intervention and offering better pathways works, not just for the individuals, but for healthier, happier and safer communities.”
Recognition is not what drives Midland PCYC. Ms Abbott was quick to applaud the sponsor for the award, Rotary Club of Ascot. Club President, Mr Aidan Wood, presented the award. This year is Ascot Rotary’s first year as a sponsor for the Belmont & WA Small Business Awards.
The organiser for the awards for the last 25 years has been Ms Carol Hanlon. Ms Abbott said, “Carol does wonderful work, tirelessly working in the community to help lift the profile of organisations like PCYC. We are incredibly grateful for that. Ascot Rotary play a large part through sponsorship.” Ms Abbott is looking forward to visiting the Rotary Club of Ascot meeting next month to thank them for helping raise awareness for all Midland PCYC do in the community with young persons and children.
“Youth-at-risk is one important aspect,” she explains, “but Midland offers leadership opportunities for young persons through volunteering and participation in sporting and other worthwhile activities. Active kids are happy and healthy kids.”
PCYC Learning and Development Manager, Steve Olsen, said, “PCYC Learning and Development programs aim to reduce crime and divert young people in a positive direction. But importantly, the programs give them the skills and confidence to help them find employment or further educational opportunities.”
Over the coming months, PCYC will liaise with WA Police Force and continue to gather outcomes following program attendance. “It’s important to ensure youths are not dropped off when they finish the study but continue to be engaged and valuable assets in the community,” said Mr Olsen.
WA PCYC thanks all those who recognised Midland PCYC for the work done within the community, and extends a warm thank you to Belmont Business Enterprise Centre, Carol Hanlon and Rotary Club of Ascot. In particular, we would like to recognise the individual staff members and volunteers and all those who participate, who are the real stars of this award.
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