Wallarah 2 Coal Project has again provided funding to the Bateau Bay Police and Community Youth Club (PCYC) to allow it to continue to support the work of NSW Police who provide targeted youth crime reduction and prevention.
PCYC NSW is a statewide partnership between police, young people and the community, working to assist young people to become responsible citizens and leaders. Senior Constable, Racquel Hassett, said: “We are so grateful to Wallarah 2 for supporting us again this year with a Community Grant. “This year the funds will be used to run our morning crime prevention fitness program. “After a 6 am pickup, the program commences with one hour of non-contact boxing for fitness training, where young people train alongside police, community mentors and volunteers. “This interaction makes a great impact on participants’ lives, as it improves community engagement, school attendance and relationships, and it reduces a young person’s desire to be involved in anti-social conduct or truancy,” she said.
The program will reach up to 60 at-risk youth per year, broken down into a maximum of 15 attending per term, for four terms. Some of the same young people will roll over and attend multiple terms to ensure that they are given every opportunity to re-engage. For many young people, their attendance guarantees that they eat a proper meal before attending school, arrive clean and fresh and have a packed lunch to sustain their learning. Peter Smith, Environment and Community Manager, said Wallarah 2 is proud to support the PCYC’s ongoing work, as it is adding significant benefit, not only to young people but the broader community.
Source: Media release, Jul 20 Peter Smith, Wyong Coal