GOSNELLS Police and Community Youth Centre (PCYC) has been recognised for its outstanding youth work at the WA PCYC awards.
The centre’s ‘Off the Rails’ program for at-risk youths won the Youth Program of the Year Award in the Metropolitan category.
The program aims to reduce anti-social behaviour on train lines and encourage formal training or education in the future.
Gosnells PCYC manger Julie Cugley said she had a long history with the program, which made the win even sweeter.
“I originally worked on the (Off the Rails) program as a youth worker and then came in down the track as the Gosnells centre manager, so it was lovely to win that award,” she said.
Ms Cugley said the program’s focus on helping at-risk youth build confidence and social skills was important in helping guide them towards a brighter future.
“It engages at-risk youth to help get them off the train lines and provides them with a safe environment to have fun and grow,” she said.
The program’s success will see it launched in Armadale over the next year.
It proved to be a successful night for Gosnells PCYC, as its partners Centacare Employment and Training and the City of Gosnells received high recognition certificates for the Partnership Award in the Metropolitan category.
Gosnells PCYC volunteers Dylan McCully and Elaine Collens were also nominated in Junior and Senior Volunteer of the Year categories respectively, for their work with the PCYC’s gymnastics program.