PCYC celebrates 85th birthday

Police Citizens Youth Clubs (PCYC) in Broken Hill celebrated 85 years yesterday. PICTURE: ANDREW LODIONG

The Police Citizens Youth Clubs (PCYC) in Broken Hill had a sweet start to the weekend after it celebrated 85 years of history.

A morning tea and cake cutting ceremony was held yesterday to acknowledge the milestone birthday event.

PCYC local Club Manager, Ebony Johnson, said it was special to be part of such an occasion.

“I’ve been manager since mid-December so I’m honoured to be part of the 85 years birthday and hopefully I’m going to be around for more,” she said.

Guests, including officers from the NSW Police force, gathered at the Club on Gypsum Street to socialise and share visions for the future.

A video conference with other clubs around the country got the party started with a short presentation before singing happy birthday.

Mrs Johnson believes the local branch is in a very good position and is eager to see its plans for 2022 unfold.

“We’ve got a lot of exciting activities coming up,” she said. “We are in the process of putting things in place to give back to the community and provide support where we can”
“Not just to the local community but also our reach to Wilcannia, Menindee and beyond that.”

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Current programs include boxing, safer driving, first-aid and white card training.

This year, there will be a focus on Friday night activities like movie nights and more engagement in the delegated youth space.

Mrs Johnson said the programs on offer help to develop and build skills that the young people are using as a springboard into employment.

“While they are here, they make sure they put everything into programs that we are delivering to them,” she said.

“They have a great outlook while they are here and we can support them the best way that we can and the outcome is great that’s why we do it.

“We have two kids at the moment that started off doing police programs and now they come in on a volunteer basis. One of them is not far off in gaining employment here as a casual.”

As more activities and programs are held, the Club will ensure the health and safety of staff and participants are maintained.

The local PCYC are guided by a COVID-safe plan which includes ensuring there is adequate ventilation throughout the site.

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Mrs Johnson is keen to see more youth get onboard and invites them to join at any time.

“If there’s any interest and kids want to do those programs, come along, sign-up and become a member,” she said.

For more information, visit the www.pcycnsw.org.au/broken-hill or contact 08 8087 3723.

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