A safeSPACE at Broome PCYC
Published: July 17, 2019 12:00am
At PCYC, it’s all about engaging with kids when they need it most. As part of the Broome PCYC safeSPACE program, staff and mentors from indigenous and non-indigenous backgrounds deliver a range of sessions, including a weekly Thursday girls night, basketball on Friday night and a boys group on Saturday day or Saturday night – depending on the Broome tide! Broome based WA Police Community Relations Officer, Monica Lee, has also been helping with the Thursday night girls group. As well as a fun place to go and safe environment, the program also aims to build positive relationships between the Police and Aboriginal communities. Friday nights are a big hit, with sessions running from early in the evening through to midnight. Young people know that someone will always be at the Centre and there’s always something fun going on from basketball to table tennis, air hockey and trampolines. The Saturday night boy’s group also has a great team behind it with Youth Workers Clifton Mamid and Phillip Phillips providing weekly activities. “Going out, reconnecting with country and catching mud crabs is a pretty good job,” Phillip said. The boys in the group look up to Phillip. They’ve seen him progress from accredited training at PCYC, into paid employment as a Junior Youth Worker. The Broome PCYC safeSPACE program continues to grow and its success is a credit to our amazing staff and community team.