Newly appointed PCYC youth case manager Constable Peter Holmes is eager to make a difference to the lives of Cowra’s young people, having started his new position about two weeks ago.
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Constable Holmes has spent the past seven years as a general duty police officer, first stationed at the Blue Mountains based at Springwood and Katoomba.
He’s been in the Cowra district for more than four years, stationed at Woodstock since 2013, before starting his tenure at the town’s PCYC on March 13.
Alongside Senior Constable Janine Robinson, Constable Holmes is dedicating himself to helping Cowra’s youth long-term.
“This is where I’ll be long-term,” Constable Peter Holmes said.
“I have a really good rapport with the young kids around here. It’s important I maintain that trust I have with them.
“I’ll be trying to help wherever I can. Their home lives, schooling and try and lead them in the right direction.”
Constable Holmes is focused on offering Cowra’s youth as much opportunity as possible to gain employment.
A qualified carpenter himself, Constable Holmes says every child has different goals and he wants to help them achieve it.
“Getting identification, attending school or getting into tafe, taking steps to gain employment. Try and get them successful careers and not stuck in a cycle.
“It’s a working progress,” he said.
Introducing more cultural events is also on Constable Holmes’ agenda, educating Cowra’s young people of their town’s heritage as well as traditional background.
“Working with the indigenous and non-indigenous kids, we’ll be getting some of the community’s indigenous people involved, we’ll go out and learn about Cowra’s heritage and traditions.”
Constable Holmes has been involved with morning and afternoon programs at the PCYC on Tuesdays and Thursdays, encouraging healthy lifestyles and keeping Cowra’s young people occupied, something he thinks is crucial.
“We’re implementing healthy lifestyles, a bit of boxing, basketball, cricket, kicking the footy or just sitting around and having a chat about what’s happening. I think the kids need a positive approach, keep their minds stimulated so they aren’t bored. The PCYC provides things toget involved in.
“There’s great kids in Cowra,” he said.
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