Collie PCYC finalist in community service award

Recognition: Geoff Wilks, Linda Gallagher and Heath Soutar celebrate the PCYC's finalist award in the Community TAB Community Service Award.
Recognition: Geoff Wilks, Linda Gallagher and Heath Soutar celebrate the PCYC's finalist award in the Community TAB Community Service Award.

Collie PCYC members can hold their head high after being presented as a finalist in this year’s Community TAB Community Service Award.

The award was presented by Community TAB human resources general manager Matthew Thomas at the 2017 Western Australian Regional Achievement and Community Awards last month.

Collie Police and Community Youth Centre has undergone a transformation in the last year, from a negative delinquent venue to a vibrant and welcoming centre.

Young people are engaged in positive, fun activities to build self-esteem, social consciousness and engagement.

The centre has established a food program which provides the 67 Friday night attendees with a meal, while giving them skills in cooking, budgeting and food preparation.

Recognition: Geoff Wilks and Linda Gallagher celebrate the PCYC's finalist award for the Communit TAB Community Service award.

Recognition: Geoff Wilks and Linda Gallagher celebrate the PCYC's finalist award for the Communit TAB Community Service award.

PCYC manager Linda Gallagher said Collie PCYC was one of more than 320 nominations received from across regional WA and to finish in the top three was a real testament to the huge transformation Collie PCYC has undergone.

“Our centre now engages the town’s young people in a positive environment with fun activities to build self-esteem, social consciousness and engagement,” she said. 

“It is the place to be in Collie on a Friday night.”