PCYC brings Blue Light party for youths back to Port Stephens

DISCO: Benji Mauldin and Jess Bradley, both 15, help to kick start the Blue Light fun at PCYC Port Stephens. Picture: Ellie-Marie Watts
DISCO: Benji Mauldin and Jess Bradley, both 15, help to kick start the Blue Light fun at PCYC Port Stephens. Picture: Ellie-Marie Watts

Blue Light disco.

The words alone would bring back a lot of fond memories for Port Stephens parents.

Now, children around the Port will be able to make their own Blue Light memories when  the popular PCYC event returns to Nelson Bay next month.

“Blue Light is a PCYC staple,” PCYC Port Stephens club manager Phill Ross said. “It has always been a popular event. This type of event in Port Stephens is well overdue.”

Blue Light parties were first introduced to NSW in 1983, in partnership with the police youth command.

It provides youths an opportunity to socialise outside of the limited spaces, such as school and sport, available for those aged under 18 to do so, but in a drug and alcohol-free environment.

Mr Ross said it had been “some years” since a Blue Light was last held in Port Stephens.

The junior Blue Light will be held at the PCYC in Nelson Bay on September 7.

It is for primary school-aged children only. It will run at the Austral Street PCYC between 5pm and 8pm.

PCYC staff and police officers will be on site during the Blue Light.

While this encourages youths to create relationships with police in their community, which in the long term helps to reduce crime activity, it also gives parents peace of mind knowing they can safely leave their children at a party.

Mr Ross said this was one of the aspects that made Blue Light so popular – that it provides a fun, safe environment.

“For parents, it’s a great opportunity to take a night off while knowing their kids are being looked after.”

The cost to attend is $10 per child. Children do not have to be members of the PCYC club to attend.

For more information about the Blue Light phone the club on (02) 4981 3099 or email portstephens@pcycnsw.org.au.

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