We know from experience of delivering holiday scheme activities in previous years that by taking groups of young people off the streets and engaging them in positive activities is helpful for parents and has a huge impact on this community.
We aim to deliver activities 5 days a week throughout the summer school holidays. Our holiday scheme includes a mix of adventure, sport, leisure trips and art. We include courses leading to accredited qualifications. Members of our youth council work with us to plan the programme of activities.
Since Community Youth Project has been working at The Nightingales estate we have seen a significant reduction in anti-social behavior and juvenile nuisance. Giving the opportunity for young people to experience risk and adventure in a positive way helps to divert them from negative influences. Giving young people the opportunity to engage in sport with professional coaches help to improve health, fitness, and expend their energy in a positive way.
The main beneficiaries are young people from The Nightingales estate and others, especially parents and residents in the immediate surrounding area. Young people from low income families benefit from being able to access affordable activities that families in other areas take for granted.
By engaging in positive activities young people are diverted from the negative influences and temptations that are present in this community. By engaging in sports and adventurous activities young people experience risk and adventure in a positive way. By gaining accredited qualifications young people gain self-confidence and self- esteem.