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‘Beats on the streets’ ignites connection between young people and the community

Published: October 03, 2023 11:46am

Kununurra PCYC helped take the party to the streets in August in a local event, ‘Beats on the Streets’.

This is a collaborative event between the State Government, essential and community services. Organised by the Shire of Wyndham and East Kimberley in partnership with PCYC, the WA Police, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Services, 54 Reasons, St Johns Ambulance, and Horizon Power, the event features a convoy of vehicles blasting music and sirens that stop at different spots throughout the town. At each stop mini dance parties are launched in the street for children, young people and their families to join in and enjoy.

‘Beats on the Streets’ helps to build positive rapport between children and young people and community services. The ‘travelling’ event ensures that all parts of town have access to the festivities, which increases the opportunity for future positive engagement.

This year's event was a huge success. Kids enjoyed dancing under the spray of the fire hose and playing with bubbles and foam squirting out from machines hooked up to the trucks. The day concluded with a BBQ dinner in a park for the whole community, with PCYC providing free transport home for young people.

The highlight for PCYC staff was the opportunity to drive through the town and connect with the children and young people in their own streets outside their homes.