Local young people have a place to meet and relax thanks to a program at Sandgate Police Citizens Youth Club (PCYC).
Once a month youth are invited to a free afternoon of fun hosted by the PCYC called Free Friday, which includes afternoon tea, games and activities.
PCYC youth development officer Mandy Cotterill says the program began almost a year ago with the idea of offering a safe, carefree place for young people to hang out.
“ You can do your own thing, meet other young people, have some fun, play some games, have some food and see what’s going on at the PCYC,’’ Mandy says.
The program is ideally aimed at high school students, aged 12-17 years, and youth attend for a variety of reasons.
“We have a pool table, air hockey, half basketball court, Yu-Gi-Oh and Pokémon cards, some food, drink and music,’’ she says.
“We throw some bean bags on the floor so young people can come and get involved or just hang out; it’s totally up to them.”
Mandy says the Free Fridays are also a great chance for PCYC staff to talk to the area’s young people and see what they are up to and gain feedback about what’s needed in the local community.
“Our Youth Management Team (YMT) are looking at running a Hunger Games movie marathon over two weeks in July. Free Fridays give us a chance to sound out these kinds of ideas.’’
PCYC also invite young people to join the YMT.
Free Friday is held on the first Friday of each month, with the next one being held on 2 June. There is no need to book, just turn up between 3.30pm and 4.30pm.
For more information about any programs at Sandgate PCYC phone: 3269 5358 or follow them on Facebook.