“We will train local residents as sports coaches and youth workers so they can support the sessions and so the project becomes community led and sustainable beyond the life of the funding”.
This Active Essex Foundation supported programme has been funded by The Peoples Health Trust. This youth engagement project over 2 years specifically targeting Canvey Skate Park and Castle Point. The project is aimed at engaging youth, (14 – 25 years), who currently ‘hang out’ at the skate park but do not actively take part in any positive activities; rather they are often involved in anti-social behaviour and are at risk of becoming involved in the criminal justice system.
The Foundation is working in partnership with the Yellow Door Youth Project, Essex Youth Service, Drug and Alcohol service, Castle Point Council and Castle Point Public Health team to create and support a calendar of positive activities and weekly multi-sports and positive activity sessions developed by the young people themselves.
A community activator, based at Yellow Door youth project, sets up a monthly youth forum to ensure we respond directly to young people’s interests such as BMX, Parkour, skate-boarding, football, street dance, boxing and fitness. There is a storage space for sports equipment which can be used and we are developing a youth club next to the skate park. Monthly DJ and music nights, workshops, outdoor adventure days at Hadleigh Park and holiday programmes also drive engagement with the young people.
The Youth Service outreach bus will be present at the skate park one evening per week as a safe place to be and engage with the young people to offer activities, information and advice.