safeSPACE™ is our core diversionary program for vulnerable children and young people at risk. Programs are run before school, after school and into the evening. The most popular programs are after school, where some children come to enjoy the many activities on offer and others to avoid challenging home environments. Either way, safeSPACE™ creates a home away from home where young people can relax, make friends and be entertained.
A huge range of activities are offered at safeSPACE™ Programs, from basketball to bike riding, arts and crafts, cooking, help with homework, access to the PCYC Keys for Life program and more formal workshops. Opportunities that some children would never have access to otherwise.
As well as providing a safe place for children and young people, the program plays a vital role providing access to a wider support network when needed. As young people build relationships with PCYC staff and trust them to talk to, this provides an avenue for PCYC to refer participants to other agencies and services that can help with issues such as mental health, family violence or drug abuse.
Each community is different, so each safeSPACE™ Program is different too. Where possible, we engage with the local Police and community to co-design activities so that our programs meet the needs of the local children.