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Building a brighter future: Commissioner to visit innovative youth centre project

Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping is to visit a Mansfield youth centre to find out how it is giving local youngsters a voice in their community.

The Commissioner is set to visit Rainworth Youth Centre in Kirklington Road on Saturday 13th February to meet volunteers who run the service and the teenagers who benefit from the activities.

The Youth Centre is run by the Detached Youth Project, an independent charity which gives young people a greater say in their community through activities, workshops, education and training. Among the many activities offered is badminton, table tennis, arts and crafts, film nights and outdoor activities.

For older teenagers, the service delivers advice and support on a host of topical issues such as sexual health, drugs and alcohol misuse as well as education and training to help the youngsters secure employment provided by learning and development provider Third Star. Young members are also given the opportunity to train as youth development officers to expand their skills and enhance their job prospects.

Commenting on his forthcoming visit, Mr Tipping said: “Services such as those provided by Rainworth Youth Centre help to build confidence and self-esteem among young people and give them a structure to prepare them for the future.

“One of the most effective ways of safeguarding young people from the risks that face teenagers today is through education and the workshops delivered at this centre give these young people the information they need to make positive lifestyle choices. I look forward to finding out more about the good work going on.”

The Commissioner is committed to providing more opportunities for young people to get involved in their local communities and shape future policing services. Last year, he launched the Nottinghamshire Youth Commission, putting young people at the centre of police decision-making processes.

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Posted on Thursday 11th February 2016
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