Hello there, young possums

A WARMING example of youth and local community groups working together for the welfare of animals comes in the form of Youth on the Go.

The PCYC oversees different groups of ‘at risk' youth, creating activities and providing direction through the Youth on the Go program.

It has been running since 1999 and has won national awards for its significant contribution to crime prevention.

Working from a renovated horse stable at the Coffs Harbour Showgrounds, a group of 13- to 18-year-olds, who were referred from Headspace, have been busily building homes for sugar gliders and possums.

Youth on the Go co-ordinator Mick Bettison said he was contacted by a WIRES representative and jumped on the chance to get creative for a good cause.

“PCYC police work with youth workers to engage and role model with young persons,” Mr Bettison said.

“Courses and activities delivered in the past include carpentry, horticulture, small motors, bronze medallion, cultural awareness, food hand- ling, computers, first-aid, welding, retail, furniture design, crime prevention and drug and alcohol workshops.”

Despite clear successes, Mr Bettison said the program desperately needed additional funding to continue delivering programs and they were also seeking volunteers.

“We are looking for volunteers who would like to make a difference in the lives of these young people who have skills and passion in landscape gardening, horticulture, building, cooking, literacy and numeracy.”

If you can help out, call the PCYC on 66519961.

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