Young people in the Aspley area are being given vital work experience while also helping to clean up their community as part of an innovative crime prevention scheme.
Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping has invested £10,000 into the Aspley Communities Taking Control Programme which works with young people aged between 19 and 23 who are unemployed and at risk of becoming involved in antisocial behaviour.
The project, run by the Aspley Partnership, sees the young volunteers clearing up ‘grot spots’ in the area by painting, tidying up gardens and fixing fences. Young people living in the area can either nominate themselves for the project or can alternatively be put forward by their parents, who are very supportive of the scheme.
Commissioner Tipping is due to visit the project on Thursday, February 19 to look at the work in action and to talk to volunteers about how his funding is helping to improve outcomes for young people.
He said: “This project is not only helping to combat crime in the local area but is also giving young people the valuable skills they need to secure employment. By building self-esteem and giving young people a focus, as well as pride in their work, we are helping them to build a better life path for themselves - one that doesn’t involve breaking the law.
“The scheme is already delivering positive outcomes for the young participants involved I’m very pleased to offer my support to enable project leaders to help more individuals.”
The programme has already delivered four, 12-week courses within the past four years and 87% of its past participants have gone on to find employment. As well as providing young people with practical work experience, the project also tidies up their interview skills and funds suits, where appropriate, for real job interviews.
Cllr Carole McCulloch, project leader, said: “Young people are often at the receiving end of negative stereotyping, particularly where antisocial behaviour and disorder are concerned. This project challenges these views by allowing residents to see youngsters working hard to clean-up their neighbourhoods and making a positive contribution to the community.
“Many of the young people involved with this project have been unemployed for a long time and some might never have had a job. We not only develop their academic and practical skills, we also increase their confidence so that they want to find work and improve their future prospects.”
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Posted on Thursday 12th February 2015