Bunbury PCYC launches newly-renovated Youth Space

Safe space: City of Bunbury's Danika Wellington, Bunbury PCYC's Justine Feather, Breakaway Aboriginal Corporation chair Renee Pitt, Red Cross' Max Jetta, SWAMS' Joyce Dimer and Zachary, Joycey and Deidre George. Photo: Supplied.
Safe space: City of Bunbury's Danika Wellington, Bunbury PCYC's Justine Feather, Breakaway Aboriginal Corporation chair Renee Pitt, Red Cross' Max Jetta, SWAMS' Joyce Dimer and Zachary, Joycey and Deidre George. Photo: Supplied.

The Bunbury PCYC unveiled its newly renovated youth space on Monday, July 15, designed to foster positive social and emotional development for local youth.

The upgrade is the product of a partnership between the youth centre, South West Aboriginal Medical Service, Breakaway Aboriginal Corporation and the Red Cross, with financial support from the City of Bunbury.

The upgrade included new interiors, a pool table, an air hockey table, a games console, a TV and lounges to complement the existing sporting facilities available at the Bunbury PCYC, which is used by more than 100 people weekly.

The Bunbury PCYC is one of 19 community youth centres in WA and provides a number of activities and accredited training programs for youth people of all ages.

South West Aboriginal Medical Service chief executive officer Lesley Nelson said the space was bound to have a positive impact on both the social and emotional development of local youth.

"The environment in which young people spend their time has been found to decisively impact on a young person's health and development," she said.

"We currently host a very active and engaged youth program at the Bunbury PCYC so we have been able to involve them directly in the planning of this space.

"With their help, we have been able to design an area that has a really positive energy, a space that encourages social development and active participation."

Breakaway Aboriginal Corporation chair Renee Pitt echoed Ms Nelson's sentiments and said the nature of the all inclusive programs allowed youth to come together in a positive environment.

"Breakaway and their partners are creating a safe environment where the kid's involvement has given them ownership of the space, care and responsibility," she said.

"The programs and activities that are being offered is emphasising the uniqueness of coming together that has not been available previously until now.

"The inclusiveness and diversity of the program Breakaway offers, allows for a family environment therefore renewing and strengthening the importance of family and culture."

For more information, contact South West Aboriginal Medical Service on 9791 1166.