PCYC celebrates 20 big years

The multipurpose room at the Umina Beach PCYC

Umina Beach PCYC is celebrating 20 years on the Peninsula, and for the special milestone, will be hosting a free community open day on February 26.

Club manager Emma Tanner said the day would showcase the facilities and great youth programs on offer.

“The support we are able to provide to the local youth and wider community would not have been possible without your help and support over the years – we would like to formally invite you to come along and tour our fantastic facilities and join us for the formal proceedings of the day,” Tanner said.

“We are going to be holding a barbecue and will have our gymnastic coach there on the day so visitors can trial gymnastics; we will also have our archery set up in our multipurpose room, as well as boxing in our sheds out the back.”

For 20 years, the Umina Beach PCYC has aided the youth of the Peninsula by providing a safe haven of supportive programs and people who help them stay on the right track.

“Over the years, our YCM (Youth Case Management) have run police programs to help the local youth at risk; they also case manage up to 10 youth over 12 months,” Tanner said.

“They also run a Rise Up program which sees kids from the local high school come and do fitness sessions, and enjoy breakfast before school, on a Monday and Thursday.”

Along with the community, Tanner said Bendigo Bank had been a considerable supporter with its donations funding youth programs and 140 positions for the Safer Driver Program.

Umina Beach PCYC also plans to hold its state-wide fundraiser, the Star Jump Challenge for Youth Week, this April, promoting mental health awareness.

The open day will be held from 1.30pm-4.30 pm on Friday, February 26, at 101 Osborne Ave, Umina Beach.

Hayley McMahon