In a state as vast as Western Australia, there are many remote and rural communities where children and young people at risk are unable to get to a PCYC.
We aspire to be able to reach all of those in need of support, so a PCYC Outreach service was established to do just that. Now we are working hard to secure more funding to reach more people in these areas.
In the Perth Metropolitan area, our outreach team services locations throughout the City of Swan, and most recently have expanded service delivery in the south to the City of Melville.
Outreach sessions are designed for children aged 7 -15 years and young people at risk, giving them a safe environment to socialise, play games and build rapport with Youth Workers. This vital relationship building allows for an insight into a number of issues facing young people, including bullying, mental health, family conflict, personal safety, discrimination, youth crime, and drug and alcohol abuse.
From the session, young people are often referred to PCYC diversionary programs, recreational activities or even rolled into accredited training or to other youth service providers where young people can feel safe sharing information around issues they may be facing.
OUTREACH BUS AND FUN TRUCK
As part of the Outreach service, the ‘Fun Truck’ is taken to hot spots identified as areas where young people want to ‘hang out’. The area is selected using information from funding bodies, the WA Police Force, local businesses, community members and local youth.
A two-three hour outreach session includes a range of fun activities such as basketball, sumo suits, bouncy castle, BMX bikes, scooters, ramps, soccer, football, cricket, tennis along with a free sausage sizzle and refreshments.
Our Outreach team consists of qualified youth workers, who deliver services for young people throughout the school term and during the school holiday period, which include providing a range of activities and educational resources for young people in the metropolitan area.
The City of Swan also provide support for our team to deliver two outreach session per week during the school holidays. These sessions include regular Fun Truck activities, plus sausage sizzles and recreational activities.
You can also find the Outreach team at events around the metropolitan and regional areas providing activities and youth mentoring.
For more information about Outreach Services near you, or to find out how you can support this program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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