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Commissioner to meet young people involved in youth diversionary scheme

Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping is to visit a city youth club to see how volunteers are helping to divert youngsters away from crime. 

Commissioner Tipping will drop into the Hyson Green Youth Club on Tuesday (10 March) to find out more about the activities it organises to involve local youngsters in sport and encourage them to gain employment skills.

The youth club, which has been based within the Hyson Green area for more than 70 years, delivers a host of activities and services for young people including football, kickboxing, dance training, and job club sessions with the aim of steering young people away from criminal activities such as antisocial behaviour, gang membership and sexual exploitation. Other goals include increasing confidence among young people, improving their access to education and skills and promoting social inclusion.

The club is currently hosting workshop sessions to increase awareness of the police’s use of stop and search powers which are being delivered by the young person’s participation network Chat’Bout through its My Rights My Voice initiative. This specific project recently received funding worth £9,153 from the Commissioner’s Community Safety Fund to strengthen the voice of underrepresented young people in Nottingham.   

Speaking ahead of next week’s visit, Commissioner Tipping said: “Hyson Green Youth Club has a hugely valuable role to play in the community, providing young people with a route out of criminality and helping them to gain new skills and self-confidence which might ultimately lead to employment.   

“By providing a ‘focus’ through the various sports activities it offers, the club is helping vulnerable children to turn their lives around and avoid entering the criminal justice system. It is also helping young immigrants to settle into life in Nottingham, become involved in the community and understand how they can stay safe. 

“These young people have had an enormous influence in helping design and explain Stop and Search policies in Nottinghamshire. The result has been that Stop and Search levels are at their lowest rate ever, amongst the lowest nationally per 1000 population and the rate of disproportionality has fallen sharply.”

Maxine Davis, the club’s Centre Manager, said that the young people were looking forward to meeting the Police and Crime Commissioner.

The youth club’s facilities are open seven days a week and are used by more than 1,200 young people under the age of 18. The Club offers two job club sessions every week and is also a base for a full-time alternative learning provider.

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Media Enquiries:   Sallie Blair - 01283 821012 / 07702 541401

 

Posted on Friday 6th March 2015
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