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Indigenous Programs

Programs, Activities & Events

At Police-Citizens Youth Clubs (PCYC) we are proud to be safe, accessible and inclusive. Some of our Indigenous Programs include:

Indigenous Community Sport & Recreation Program

The Indigenous Community Sport & Recreation Program (ICSRP) was launched on 1 January 2013 and aims to increase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social engagement through active community participation.
The program is funded through the Queensland Government’s Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport & Racing and is active in 38 communities, in urban, regional and remote areas throughout the state. The ICSRP employs 46 staff who deliver meaningful and engaging programs across all ages. The activities and events are developed in response to community needs as identified by the local Sport & Recreation Reference Group (SRG), ensuring that the program is relevant and specific to each community.
While the primary focus for the ICSRP is grassroots engagement in sport and active recreation activities, in most communities the program also enhances social and emotional wellbeing in the community. As part of PCYCs multi-disciplinary approach to community programs, the ICSRP forms an essential community service that works hand-in-hand with other services, both internal and external, maximising outcomes and return on investment. 

The ICSRPs visible presence and impact is growing daily. This is achieved through a commitment to a static presence of an Indigenous Community Sport and Recreation Officer (ICSRO) in each community that the program services; setting it apart from the Fly-in, Fly-out” model that is prevalent in remote community service delivery. The program is centrally managed by the newly established Indigenous Programs Development Unit and supported by the wealth of infrastructure and program delivery experience that PCYC has developed across some 65 years of operation.
Local community operations of the ICSRP are represented in 5 different forms depending on location:

  • ICSRO housed at an Indigenous PCYC branch
  • ICSRO housed at a mainstream PCYC branch
  • InSPIRE site with ICSRO and a Senior Community Sport & Recreation Coordinator
  • Officer housed at a local community centre/hub
  • Externally auspiced location

The Indigenous Social Participation In Remote Environments (InSPIRE) model of PCYC program delivery is centrally managed by the IPDU with two full-time equivalent positions; a local Senior Community Sport & Recreation Coordinator (SCSRC) and an Indigenous Community Sport & Recreation Officer (ICSRO). The InSPIRE model acts as an alternative to a standard PCYC branch model where a Queensland Police Service (QPS) presence at the facility is not a viable option. The SCSRC coordinates local service delivery and performs a facility management function of local sport and recreation infrastructure.
In addition to active participation objectives in each Indigenous community serviced through the ICSRP, PCYC is also working towards:

  • Building community leaders
  • Creating social connections
  • Promoting healthy lifestyles
  • Supporting volunteerism
  • Increasing health and wellbeing
  • Preserving cultural values
  • Developing partnerships

PCYC, in partnership with the Queensland Government, is committed to the ongoing support of “closing the gap” strategies and is working towards a healthier future for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.


NAIDOC Week is a significant annual week-long celebration which aims to bring the community together to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and an opportunity to recognize the contributions of Indigenous Australians.  PCYC fully supports this annual event through its Indigenous Program sites and broader PCYC branch network by providing various activities in arts and crafts, story-telling, traditional dance, cooking bush tucker and language enrichment.  This is made possible through the strong community partnerships forged with the local indigenous agencies, groups and individuals

Youth at Risk Initiative (YARI) Program

YARI provides a range of services that are flexible and able to respond to the highest priorities and needs of vulnerable young people in distinct communities across Queensland.  YARI services across the Mornington Island, Doomadgee, Palm Island, Normanton, and Napranum locations provide targeted activities for young people 10-18 years old who are identified as being ‘most at risk’ of involvement with the youth justice or child safety systems.
YARI provides a platform for integrated case-management which supports the young people engaged in the program to reduce the contributing risk factors leading to them having contact with the justice system.  A locally developed program, that is responsive to local support agencies, links the young person with targeted social, physical and cultural activities.  YARI focusses on establishing a stronger attachment between the young person and their community, through local agencies, groups and individuals from the community helping the young person to feel valued and provide a support network.

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