The Dubbo PCYC has been helping vulnerable people in the community for the past 51 years, and now its asking for our help.
The COVID-19 enforced lockdown has impacted every business in some way, and the PCYC is no different. It's 90 per cent self-funded through its programs and activities, which have all come to a halt during the lockdown.
"PCYC NSW is a charity, which a lot of people don't actually realise, so we're not government funded," Dubbo club manager Emily Ross said. "Obviously when the clubs are closed, which we are at the moment with COVID, we're denied that income.
"We're doing the PCYC Emergency Appeal, which is there because that income is needed to provide programs to our vulnerable members of the community."
Through the Rise Up strategy the club facilitates programs including 'Fit for Life' where, twice a week they provide provide kids with breakfast, do some exercise then drop them off to school.
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There's also the 'Fit for Work' program to help disengaged students plan for the workforce.
"We work with education, with some of those disengaged kids, we work with them to re-engage them into school, and then work with local businesses to get those kids ready for what the workforce looks like," Ms Ross said. "We determine what they would like to do and then seek employment for them."
There's also a huge Friday night program, which is run in conjunction with the local police Aboriginal Youth team, called Walwaay, which can see up to 200 kids at the club.
"Since that program started, youth crime in Dubbo dropped 60 per cent.
The police do an incredible job with that, and obviously PCYC on a Friday night is where the kids are.
"When we do reopen, we want to be able to hit the ground running, and without that income coming in we can't do that. We work with a lot of vulnerable kids out here, and PCYC has become that place that they go to - it's a safe place, it's a fun place, and we need to be able to offer those programs."
You can make a donation through the PCYC website, at pcycnsw.org.au
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