Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping will next month help launch a pioneering project helping young people struggling with unemployment to transform their lives.
The PCC will address an audience of private and public sector, charity and community workers at County Hall, Nottingham, on March 6 as he unveils the Coaching Future Leaders programme.
The project is a partnership between Inspire, Nottingham Counselling Service (NCS) and ACETS (Afro-Caribbean Education & Training Service) and is aimed at young people aged 19 and over and from a variety of diverse backgrounds, who are not currently in employment, education or training.
Through a range of themed workshops, participants will be encouraged to explore their natural leadership qualities and develop their employability and entrepreneurial skills. Sessions include Crime and Justice, Governance, Race and Cultural Diversity, Health and Safety, Literacy and Numeracy and Business and Entrepreneurship.
The programme will be tailored towards those who have already found themselves in the criminal justice system and those who are at risk of committing crime and will provide them with the self-development tools they need to positively change their futures.
Ahead of the launch, Mr Tipping said: “Every young person today has the potential to excel and lead others whether as an entrepreneur, employee or simply as a role model for others.
“Unfortunately, a lack of opportunity, family problems and self-belief prevents many young people from achieving their full potential which can send them on a destructive path. This project aims to nurture young people’s talents, strengths and natural leadership qualities and motivate them to map out a better future.
“I’m enormously supportive of practical action to help people address their problems. This is the only way we can instigate long-lasting change and I’m really excited at the potential for transformation this project offers.”
The project is particularly keen to boost support for young people from the BME community. A wide range of research data suggests young people from BME communities do not have access to the right mental and emotional support for their needs which results in some young people turning to crime.
Nottinghamshire NCS will be working with participants throughout the project to develop and improve mental health and build resilience. By the end of the programme, partners hope to be in a position to devise and share a new framework for effective counselling for BME communities in Nottinghamshire.
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Posted on Monday 26th February 2018