A pair of programs based at Dubbo PCYC that work hand-in-hand with the NSW Police Commissioner’s Riseup Program will be extended by a further 18 months thanks to almost $200,000 in funding secured by Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders.
The ‘Fit For Life’ and ‘Fit For Work’ courses, run by Senior Constable Craig Skene and Senior Constable Sally Treacey, are resilience and capacity-building programs targeting at-risk youth disengaged from work and education opportunities.
Mr Saunders said the $196,546 grant will help continue the good work being done by the officers, who are attached to the Orana Mid-Western Police District.
“I am in constant talks with local police about ways to try and reduce crime, and one way is by working with young people on programs that give them skills and makes them feel better about themselves,” Mr Saunders said.
“The data shows ‘Fit For Life’ and ‘Fit For Work’ have both been hugely successful in Dubbo and I am excited to be able to help secure their future, because they benefit not only the individuals involved but also the wider community.”
Snr Con Skene said he is proud of the work done in the programs, and is keen to be join with his colleagues and continue helping the city’s youth.
“The expansion of this program in Dubbo will deliver strong outcomes for over 100 disadvantaged youth, by engaging them and inspiring them to feel valued, gain qualifications and become contributing community members,” he said.