Auburn PCYC back in action

Auburn PCYC will be one of eight clubs reactivated this coming Monday.

Auburn PCYC will be back in action next week, providing activities for young people at risk in a safe and healthy environment.
It will be one of eight reactivated this coming Monday following the easing of COVID-19 restrictions – eight others were successfully opened with limited services last week as part of Operation Restart.
The NSW Minister for Police and Emergency Services, David Elliott welcomed their return, praising the role PCYC clubs play in supporting vulnerable and at-risk youth.
“Many in our community have been doing it tough under the COVID-19 restrictions so I’m overjoyed that this important support is once again available,” he said.
PCYC operates 64 clubs across the state, with more than 110,000 members and 70,000 youth members, allowing police to engage with community members through sporting, recreational, cultural and educational activities.
All PCYC activities were suspended on March 23 following the shutdown of all non-essential services.
“While it was necessary for PCYC clubs to close during this unprecedented pandemic threat, it’s timely for their good work to resume in a safe and carefully managed way,” Mr Elliott said.
“This government is committed to supporting the community through the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Capability, Performance & Youth Commander, Assistant Commissioner Paul Pisanos said police officers have been reaching out to young people while the restrictions have been in place, providing welfare packages containing food items and hygiene products.
“The welfare packages helped us to stay connected with these kids. It was one way we were able to let them know that police are always here to help, no matter what,” he said.
Ast Commissioner Pisanos said officers working in PCYCs across NSW provide positive role modelling and leadership to young people.
“Particularly during times of crisis, young people need guidance, support and skills to make the best life choices,” he said.
PCYC NSW chief executive officer Dominic Teakle said hygiene and social distancing processes have been implemented to allow young people back and while the safety and wellbeing of members and staff is their primary concern, he is confident that the clubs are well prepared and able to adhere to current hygiene, social distancing and mass gathering requirements.
While limited services have recommenced, all PCYC facilities remain closed to the public and entry is restricted to staff and program participants.