Healthy Relationships School Assemblies

Healthy Relationships School Assemblies

Our Healthy Relationships school assemblies had a fantastic response from schools, students and community services. Here's some of the responses:

"Thanks for organising such a thought provoking and insightful presentation. It sparked a lot of discussion amongst students and many said that it puts life into perspective for them."

"That presentation was one of the best I have seen. It was confronting (in a positive way), emotional and inspiring."


"Very powerful and I am sure it will remain with students/staff for a long time."

"It was very powerful and an experience I will not forget that’s for sure."

Harrison School

Melrose High School

Wanniassa High School


‘Healthy Relationships’ school assemblies reach 1,600 students across Canberra, delivering vital message on relationship violence

‘Healthy Relationships’ school assemblies reach 1,600 students across Canberra, delivering vital message on relationship violence


Canberra PCYC has this week delivered three ‘Healthy Relationships’ school assemblies across the ACT in a first for the Territory.  Funded by ACT Policing and the Australian Federal Police Association, the whole-school assemblies deliver a powerful message on the impacts of relationship violence and the importance of seeking help. Harrison, Melrose and Wanniassa high schools have participated in the initiative.

The guest of honour and main presenter Anjela ‘Anj’ Barker (Young Australian of the Year 2011 (VIC)), was brutally assaulted by her boyfriend when she was sixteen years of age. Since the attack, Anj has been confined to a wheelchair and requires a computer to speak for sustained periods of time.  Anj is committed to sharing her story and promoting safe relationships. The Victorian Government made the documentary ‘He Loves Me He Loves Me Not’ based on the attack and Anj’s recovery. This video is also used across Australia as part of the ‘Loves Bites Program’.

The assemblies also included speakers from police, government and community services, including Deputy Chief Minister Yvette Berry MLA, Joy Burch MLA, Michael Pettersson MLA, Giulia Jones MLA, Nicole Lawder MLA and Elizabeth Kikkert MLA. ACT Policing Superintendent Robert Wilson and Station Sergeant Chris Meagher brought a police perspective to the statistics on domestic and family violence, encouraging young people to seek support if they experience violence.

The assemblies also featured speeches from Victims of Crime Commissioner John Hinchey and White Ribbon Ambassadors.

Canberra PCYC Executive Manager Cheryl O’Donnell described the response to the assemblies as “astonishing”. “Anj’s message is inspiring, but also a warning to young people who find themselves in a violent relationship. We’ve had wonderful feedback from schools and students who’ve been really moved and motivated by the experience of meeting Anj.”

The first round of the ‘Healthy Relationships’ school assemblies will conclude at Wanniassa high school today, and include a Canberra PCYC barbeque for all students.

Project Booyah Graduation

Project Booyah Graduation

Congratulations to our Project Booyah participants for successfully graduating from the second cohort! ACT Policing, Shadow Minister Elizabeth Kikkert MLA and friends and family were all present to celebrate with participants as they collected their certificates of completion.

We wish them all every success in the coming months and years.

Canberra PCYC thanks Emillie's Goulburn and Ed Harry Goulburn for providing participants with formal clothes for the graduation.

Canberra PCYC also thanks our friends at Lanyon Vikings Club for providing a function room for the graduation.

Notice of Annual General Meeting – 20 October 2017

Notice of Annual General Meeting

Canberra Police Community Youth Club, Inc.

Notice is hereby given that the Board of the Canberra Police Community Youth Club Incorporated (Canberra PCYC) has convened an Annual General Meeting to be held on Friday 20 October, 2017, to seek Member approval by vote on the Financial Report 2016-17. All Members are cordially invited to attend.

The meeting will commence at 9am AEST at Canberra PCYC Erindale Centre, 17 Grattan Crt, Wanniassa ACT.

For further information or to obtain a proxy voting form, please contact Cheryl O’Donnell, Executive Manager on (02) 6222 8100.

Peter Askew, Acting Secretary.

Canberra PCYC. ABN 71 012 467 609.

Canberra PCYC Awarded FRRR ABC Heywire Grant

We're delighted to have been awarded a FRRR ABC Heywire Youth Innovation Grant to pilot the Need A Nanna Network (NaNN) initiative in the ACT.

The NaNN gives young people coming out of detention an experienced and supportive person who is genuinely interested in helping them stay on track. Mentors can be men or women who would like to give back to the community.

The NaNN program will commence and run during 2018. If you're interested in becoming a Mentor, or would like more information on what is involved, please visit our Volunteers & Mentors page.

2CC Canberra: Breakfast with Tim Shaw

Canberra PCYC team leader Rikki Lloyd joined presenter Tim Shaw on 2CC Canberra to discuss his inspirational story and our work building positive futures across the ACT community.

Hands Across Canberra Provides Much-needed Grant To Help Fund School Programs

Hands Across Canberra supplied logo

We’re thrilled to have received a grant from Hands Across Canberra. This grant will allow us to deliver our Healthy Relationships program across the ACT.

Hands Across Canberra works with around 140 Canberra charities, including Canberra PCYC. They consulted widely before deciding on priorities for allocating grants in 2017. We’re excited to have been selected for support.

Hands Across Canberra encourages philanthropy and helps to keep the wealth created locally within the Canberra community. This grant to us demonstrates their work in action and we’re looking forward making our project a reality with their help.

If you would like to learn more about Hands Across Canberra, visit

Noir Et Blanc Charity Soirée Supports Canberra PCYC

Noir et blanc supplied image- Lady with champagne

Canberra PCYC were delighted to receive a donation of $7,500 from the Servcorp/Doma Group charity soirée 'Noir Et Blanc'. This generous donation will support our much-needed work with vulnerable young people and their families across the ACT.

To find out more about Servcorp and their commitment to our community, visit


AFL Canberra & GWS Giants Leadership Program

Our programs clients had a fantastic time at the AFL Canberra and GWS Giants Leadership Program at Erindale PCYC today. This was a great opportunity to learn AFL skills and apply teamwork and leadership in the group.

Statement on the passing of Jayson Hinder

The Canberra Police Community Youth Club Incorporated (Canberra PCYC) is shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the death of our President and long-standing Board member Jayson Hinder. Since 2010, Jayson has made an invaluable contribution to our organisation.

Jayson was a great advocate for Canberra PCYC and committed to our mission of building positive futures for disadvantaged young people in the ACT. Jayson was a pillar in the community and a passionate supporter of community organisations across Canberra. Jayson will be sorely missed by all at Canberra PCYC and in sporting, community, political and social groups across the ACT.

We extend our deepest sympathies to Jayson’s family and friends at this time.

Canberra PCYC will pay tribute to Jayson Hinder in the coming weeks.   

‘An incredible experience’: Our Project Booyah Graduation Day

Canberra PCYC was today joined by representatives from federal and local government, the
Australian Federal Police (AFP) and the community, to celebrate the graduation of participants from ‘Project Booyah’- an Australian Government Initiative by the Canberra Police Community Youth Club, Inc. (Canberra PCYC). Seven young people from across the Territory received their certificates from the Assistant Minister for Social Services and Multicultural Affairs Zed Seselja. Senator Seselja was joined by the ACT Chief Police Officer Justine Saunders, and Canberra PCYC President Jayson Hinder, in congratulating participants on their achievements.

“For each of these young people, graduating from Project Booyah means having the skills and
qualifications to pursue their educational or vocational ambitions” said Canberra PCYC Executive
Manager Cheryl O’Donnell, “we’re building on the success of Project Booyah in Queensland and
ensuring that at risk young people are supported to become engaged and productive members of our community.” Six participants also received Certificate II qualifications in Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways from the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT).

After a successful start in Queensland where the program was developed by the Queensland Police Service (QPS), Project Booyah is now available for at risk young people aged 14 to 17 years in the ACT region. The program centres on collaborative early intervention for at risk young people, bringing together government, community, education and police to achieve positive change. In 2016, an independent review of ‘Project Booyah’ by Griffith University for QPS found the program resulted in a decrease of 41% in criminal attitudes, a 35% increase in self-esteem and a 16% positive change in family relationships.

Participants described ‘Project Booyah’ as “an incredible experience.” “The best thing about Booyah is that it has put me back on track, I have been doing a lot better since I started attending, I have reengaged with school and the work we do at CIT is more practical and shows you how to do things in the workplace” said one participant.
For another participant, the supportive environment meant that “all of us asked for help when we
needed it which made it so much easier to learn and ace my assessments.” “We all had our own
stories that often consisted of a pretty tough upbringing. They were all looking for the same thing I was– an alternative to dealing with high school” said one participant.

“We know the importance of educational outcomes in improving employment options for young
people” said Cheryl O’Donnell, “when combined with trade skills, Learner’s permits, ongoing case
management and other Canberra PCYC supports, we look forward to seeing the next step for these inspiring young people and the ongoing community benefits.”

In the five years that ‘Project Booyah’ has been running in Queensland and other states, a total of 386 young people have graduated from the program.

Celebrating National Youth Week

National Youth Week is here! Thanks to Harrison School for getting the celebrations underway last Friday. There was a fantastic turnout, and everyone had fun versing PCYC staff on the MAC Trailer.

National Youth Week is an annual, week-long celebration of young people throughout Australia. In the ACT, National Youth Week is coordinated by the Youth Coalition of the ACT and the ACT Government.

The theme for this year is 'You Thrive'– something we celebrate in young people every day.


PCYC Team @ Harmony Day Sports Carnival, Australian Institute of Sport

PCYC Team @ Harmony Day Sports Carnival, Australian Institute of Sport

Congratulations to the Canberra PCYC team at the Harmony Day Sports Carnival last Saturday who won third place! Our team was drawn from our After School Sports Program, with some great talent shown on the futsal pitch.

The Harmony Day Sports Carnival is held by MARSS each year to celebrate Harmony Day. The message of Harmony Day is everyone belongs, the Day aims to engage people to participate in their community, respect cultural and religious diversity and foster sense of belonging for everyone.

We're proud to participate in this event each year, and can't wait until the next one!

Visit to the Canberra Reptile Zoo

Visit to the Canberra Reptile Zoo

Thanks to the friendly staff at Canberra Reptile Zoo for allowing us to handle some of the reptiles when we visited this month. We brought along one of the Zoo's volunteers who showed us how to handle some of the trickier animals – what a treat!

We appreciate the support shown by the Canberra Reptile Zoo to our participants and staff. What a fun outing!