Collie PCYC is in the news again with more recognition from the local community.
On 26 January 2019, Collie PCYC was presented with the 2019 Australia Day Community Group of the Year award for its programs and support directed towards the youth of Collie. This award is in recognition of significant contributions to the quality of community life by a local group, and to promote national pride and community responsibility.
This is a tremendous recognition for the work Collie PCYC does in the community for young people and children of all walks of life through recreational and specialised programs.
Collie PCYC, through the new “StreetGym” program, caught the attention of Gymnastics Australia and was given the national launch of the new “FreeG Kids” program. The centre then went on to host the first “FreeG/StreetGym” competition in the state. The successful gymnastics and air rifles programs have consistently produced state level competitors.
The “Safe Space” program has doubled the number of youth of Collie attending in less than a year showing the positive and safe environment provided are valued by those who need it most.
Collie PCYC has a qualified case manager on-site for people in need of support and guidance. Centre manager Linda Gallagher said the award was a testament to the work put in by volunteers to run the programs and the support received by Collie Police.
“We’ve undergone a massive transformation over the last two years and we’re no longer the place where the naughty kids hang out. We’re a youth centre for all the kids of Collie just how we should have been all those years ago,” she said.
“I would like to thank Senior Sergeant Heath Soutar, without his support our PCYC would not be anywhere near as awesome as it is today.”
“I would (also) like to thank our massive contingent of volunteers that are at the centre – all of our programs are run by volunteers and we can’t do what we do without them.”
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