A number of our WA PCYC centres have Safe Space programs which offer regular “drop in” sessions or provide a place where youth can “hang out” after school and on the weekends. The aim is to provide a safe place for young people to meet and to participate in and try new activities. At many of our centres, youth have access to youth workers who can help identify their needs and if necessary work with them to address these, or refer them to other agencies and services for the appropriate support.
WA PCYC Safe Spaces aim to increase the relationship between youth and the community, along with decreasing offending and anti-social behaviour. Structured activities encourage teamwork and aim to help develop communication skills.
The Department of Communities have committed funding to continue the Roebourne Police and Community Youth Centres (PCYC) Friday Night Safe Space program which includes the Nightfields program, delivered in collaboration with WA Football Commission and the WA Police Force.
Roebourne PCYC Friday Night Safe Space runs from 6:00pm – 9:00pm during a time where there is a known service gap for the young people of Roebourne. This initiative provides a safe place for local young people to hang out, in a supervised environment whilst engaging in life skills workshops, and provides youth with access to youth workers and support agencies. Youth are also provided with a nutritious meal and transport home.
Albany PCYC – Strike II
Strike II is a Friday evening diversionary Safe Space program aimed at providing activities which engage young people away from antisocial behaviour. The program offers young people aged 10-17 interactive activities such as basketball, gladiator duels, indoor soccer, movies, skateboarding, pool tables and hang out areas.
It also enables young people to access advice and assistance from youth workers, allowing them to address personal issues that they may be experiencing in their life and helping to reduce vandalism and antisocial behaviour in the community.
Participants are bussed home by Albany PCYC staff at the end of the evening to ensure there is no loitering or anti-social behaviour by the young people once they leave the centre. 2015 was a record year for the program with 3777 attendances, with an average of 79 participants each Friday night, with more than 50 per cent coming from an indigenous background.
Collie PCYC – Safe Sanctuary
Safe Sanctuary provides a popular haven for youth to participate in activities such as cooking, arts and crafts, sports and excursions. The program runs Monday and Wednesday nights 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, and Friday nights 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm. The aim is to provide a safe place for 10 -17 year olds to participate in a range of activities and to create pathways to other existing regional services such as youth mental health, counselling, employment and training.
Exmouth PCYC – Girls Safe Space
Exmouth PCYC offers an after school diversionary Safe Space program aimed at providing activities such as table tennis, pool, air hockey, foos ball, Wii Sports, karaoke, big screen TV, DVD’s music and magazines to engage youth 11-18 years, away from antisocial behaviour.
Fremantle PCYC Safe Space program is available to youth from Monday to Thursday from 3:00 pm to 5.30 pm. It is free for youth aged 8-17 years and offers a range of facilities available such as Playstations, X-Boxes, TV + DVD’s, Pool tables, Arcades, Computers Games, Internet Access and more.
Youth Space offers a range of activities such as pool, table tennis and Foo’s ball, Monday to Friday afternoons from 3:00pm to 5:30pm for youth ages 6-18 years. It provides a safe environment for youth young people to meet and the opportunity to try new activities.
Kensington PCYC Safe Space program offers loads of activities to keep teenagers entertained, such as a pool table and a wide selection of Xbox and Playstation games. This program aims provide a range of activities and opportunities out of school hours and during school holidays.
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