We want to try at all times to get the prevention of problems as the first stage in our RESPECT work. If there is no anti-social behaviour, there will be no victims! With this in mind we have tried to support projects and deliver activities which tackle some of the underlying issues head on. You could think of these as Early Intervention work. This might be the sort of thing which keeps young people busy and helps them to develop and grow while respecting those around them.
In the past few years we have been very busy in this area:
R U Botherd youth tour 2006 – visited 35 estates and housing areas. We engaged with and talked to young people, gave them a fun time and interviewed over 400 of them to find out what they felt about where they live, what they felt uncomfortable with and how they saw their area and local services.
Living it project 2007– we took 34 mainly disadvantaged young people on a residential training experience to the Lake District. Here they could expend some energy and have fun, but also examine their lifestyle and influence on those around them back at home.
School projects have always been a key feature of our work and in the past six years, we have worked with more than a dozen Calderdale junior and senior schools and engaged with over 2000 young people in projects designed to help them learn and grow.