TASMANIAN ASSOCIATION OF PCYC INC.
Launceston PCYC - History
Police and Community Youth Clubs inc. are the largest youth organisation in Australia. The first club in Tasmania was formed in 1946 at Launceston. There are now 18 Clubs state-wide. The Hobart Police Community Youth Club was founded on 21st November, 1953. Throughout the years it widened its scope and clientele, and changed its name from "boys club" to "boys and girls club", until it was finally named more appropriately "Community Youth Club". The idea is to provide a safe environment for youth and community to participate in a range of social and recreational activities. We also encourage the principles of good Community-ship through our activities, and welcome volunteer assistance.
Funding is provided partly by Tasmania Police, which assists the Club where it is able. Police provide the PCYC building for peppercorn rent, and help with power and phone bills. The Police also supply 1-3 Officers to supervise and run the club. All other funds required for the ongoing operation of the building must be raised by the Club members, sponsors and supporters. For example, in 1996, the Club had to raise funds to cover its expenses of over $250 000. Expenses include administration costs, instructional staff costs (wages, superannuation, worker' compensation etc) equipment, vehicle purchase, replacement, maintenance and repair, cleaning costs and so on. Sponsors for (2003/4) include Rotary Club of Sullivans Cove, Community Care and Information Centre (Lindisfarne), and BarterCard. The Club has a philosophy of maintaining low session fees and membership, so that activities are affordable for everyone. The Club relies much on the PCYC "family". Most people who use the Club do so because they know they are not only getting value for money, but are also helping a good cause.
In recent years the PCYC has broadened its role to provide outreach programs to youth from outlying areas. These programs include the RecLink project which provides sporting and recreational activities for unemployed and disadvantaged youth. RecLink recognises the needs of disadvantaged youth and provides a range of programs that involve recreational activities aimed at developing self esteem and facilitating entry to the workforce. The Teen Vacation program is another activity which provides for "at risk" youth during holiday periods. The Mobile Activity Centre is an equipped trailer which provides numerous activities as well as health and welfare information to identified areas of need. The activities provided include basketball, volleyball, cricket, baseball, Sony PlayStation and most indoor and outdoor games. The purpose of the MAC project is to provide recreational activities for young people, provide opportunities to participate in healthy recreation for all ages, to provide a positive liaison between Police and young people and to encourage the principles of good Community-ship.