It was also fantastic to receive funding from the Office of the PCC in 2019 to appoint the equivalent of a full time youth worker to deliver detached and outreach activity. This came under support from The Home Office's Early Intervention Youth Fund - the PCC awarding £800,000 to 14 organisations across the Thames Valley to deliver projects to tackle youth violence, knife crime and exploitation.
Focuses of the funding through our work included:
- Engaging young people through outreach activity in known ASB hot spots
- Signposting into and extending provision of our 1:1 mentoring programme
- Involving young people in positive social action and community activity, building resilience and unlocking access to wider support resources and opportunities through positive community participation.
Matthew Barber, Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner: “Given the recent increase in knife crime, we need to look at what more we can do to protect young people from violence and exploitation and how we can work even more closely in partnership with both statutory and community organisations to try to reverse this trend.
I hope that these projects we’ve funded will help tackle this issue by working with young people at both ends of the spectrum of youth violence; from early intervention programmes to identify and support those at risk of involvement in knife crime, gangs or drug dealing to supporting those young people already involved; helping them turn their lives around through intensive support and skills training.
I believe that projects such as these make a real difference to the lives of individuals and communities as a whole and I look forward to seeing these activities progress over the coming months.”
Success in securing the support of a number of grant making organisations since the end of the EIYF funding period, enabled us to maintain the same staffing levels into the next financial year. Being in a stronger place to go out to engage with and support more YP, the funding has had considerable benefit to us.