The Police Citizens Youth Club (PCYC) at Lake Macquarie will receive a share in almost $143,000 in funding for Youth Diversionary Projects, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald MLC and Minister for Police, Troy Grant announced today.
The Youth Diversionary Projects are supported by the NSW Government’s $10 million Community Safety Fund and will also operate in Broken Hill and Walgett.
The Lake Macquarie initiative will support at-risk youth by combining supervised recreational activities and educational workshops with evening meals and bus transport to ensure participants get home safely.
The funding will employ a specialist youth worker at the PCYC Club in Windale for a year to develop and deliver structured programs, and will provide the club with entertainment facilities, including air hockey and a pool table.
“This program will provide a supportive environment to engage at-risk youth to keep them off the streets and help them before major issues arise,” Mr MacDonald said.
“PCYCs across the state do great work supporting the vulnerable in our community and these measures are aimed at improving social cohesion and reducing anti-social behaviour in Lake Macquarie.”
Since it began in 2016, the Community Safety Fund has delivered almost $5 million to crime prevention projects across NSW. This year it has supported a range of local crime-fighting projects to complement the work of the NSW Government and law enforcement agencies including specialised education programs, installation of CCTV and lighting, and early intervention initiatives.
“The grants deliver on the government’s commitment to building a safer state and working with the community to enhance local crime prevention and detection initiatives,” Mr Grant said.
For further information on the Community Safety Fund, visit: www.crimeprevention.nsw.gov.au
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