Spotlight on Partington
The Greater Manchester High Sheriff’s Police Trust has recently awarded £5,300 for the Partington Against Crime Action Programme. The programme consists of a package of solutions for young people aged between 14-21 years, living in Partington, at risk of, or involved in taking recreational drugs and alcohol. The project works by involving the community in addressing one of the primary root causes of anti social behaviour and criminal damage in Partington, whilst simultaneously treating the symptoms. As part of a wider package of measures the program includes licensing enforcement operations, drug and alcohol referral programme, drug and alcohol counselling and improved access for young people to engage with these types of services.
The Greater Manchester High Sheriff’s Police Trust have funded the Interactive Sports Coaching element of the project which is a primary engagement function for young people, with sessions consisting of training elements, teamwork, tactical and technique work. Each session has a themed input from motivational coaches, a psychologist, the Drug and Alcohol Action team, together with trained nutritionalists. This approach raises awareness of the need to lead a healthy lifestyle, both mentally and physically, and is aimed specifically to assist in raising their self-esteem and move forward with their lives.
Young people who successfully complete the project have the opportunity to take their Football Association Level 1 Coaching Award, giving them a further opportunity to develop their skills.
Other agencies involved within the project include:
Greater Manchester Police, Trading Standards, Registered Social Landlords, Youth Offending Service, Trafford Leisure Trust, Drug Alcohol Action Team, Trafford Community Safety Patrollers, Probation Service and members of the local community within the borough of Trafford.
"Over the past 15 years funding from the HSPT has provided invaluable support for projects working to reduce crime and make communities safer"Chief Constable Peter Fahy
"If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking"Anon