Hampshire Police Authority
Crime Prevention Committee Item: 5
20 July 2006
Report of the Consultant to the Committee
Since the last meeting of the Crime Prevention Committee on the 26 April 2006 the
following monitoring and evaluation reports have been received a summary of which is
produced below. The actual correspondence in relation to each initiative will be
available at the meeting for inspection by Members of the Committee.
1 ALDERSHOT YOUTH CAFÉ - ALSO KNOWN AS THE SOURCE - A GRANT
OF £2,000 FOR THE KINGS FOOTBALL TEAM MADE IN OCTOBER 2005
Although we have yet to receive the formal report in respect of this initiative
which is anticipated in the Autumn of 2006, many Members of the Committee
may be aware of this facility and visited it on several occasions.
For the information of the Committee the site occupied for the last 6 years by the
Aldershot Youth Café has been sold and the charity that run it have managed to
purchase a large 3 storey building with another 4,000 square feet of space in the
centre of Aldershot at a cost of £400,000. The ground floor will be restructured
and refitted to provide a state of the art young peoples centre around the café
and other projects. The upper floors will be given as office space and
counselling rooms and this new building is ideally located in the centre of the
town with its own parking and within walking distance of the Town Centre, train
and bus stations. Undoubtedly there will be an opportunity to visit this new
facility as and when it is open and up and running.
2 THE NORTHAM 521 YOUTH PROJECT - A MULTI-USE GAMES AREA - A
GRANT OF £4,000 MADE IN JANUARY 2004
This facility was completed and opened by the Mayor of Southampton in
Since its opening the multi-use games area known as The Globe has been well
used and has contributed to a reduction in antisocial behaviour as well as
providing a safe and secure area for young people to take part in a variety of
sports. The facilities are used by the local youth club as part of the ongoing
activities within the junior and senior youth club. During each school holiday
organised sports days are held on the facilities provided by Southampton City
Council's Sports Development Department.
Except when organised facilities are taking place, there is open access to the
facility and this has proved very successful with the area being used every day by
young and old alike. Groups of young people have now organised themselves
into football teams and are entering local competitions at a variety of venues.
As to the future, the Globe organising group are looking at the possibility of
securing funding to cover the games area with artificial turf at a cost of
The facilities are recognised locally as a major asset to the local community and
the Members of the Committee are thanked for their financial support which made
the project possible.
3 THE SOUTHAMPTON SOLENT UNIVERSITY YOUNG SKIPPERS TEAM - A
GRANT OF £2,625 MADE IN APRIL 2005
The Members of the Committee may recall this application which allowed both
paying and referred young people to take part in a week long cruise around the
Solent area where they learnt basic boat skills as well as team building and self
esteem enhancing activities. In addition to the 7 places financially supported by
the Authority 36 other places were funded by charities and organisations around
Hampshire, thus allowing young people who would not have necessarily had the
opportunity to take part in the activities.
Feedback from parents and those students who took part was extremely positive
and there is anecdotal evidence that some young people went home at the end of
the week different people having learnt self reliance, self esteem and team
For 2006, 2 new additional boats will join the fleet allowing even more youngsters
to benefit from an experience which they will remember for the rest of their lives.
4 HAMPSHIRE LIFE EDUCATION CENTRES - A MOBILE CLASSROOM
INITIATIVE - A GRANT OF £4,000 MADE IN JANUARY 2005
Members of the Committee will recall that Life Education Centres are
sophisticated mobile caravans which provide an interactive learning experience
for young people under the age of 9 on a variety of life and health issues including
drugs and alcohol. The programme is supported by a specifically employed
educator who is a qualified teacher provided with extra skills to make the most of
the interactive equipment available. The Hampshire Branch has, for the last 12
months, been operating its own caravan at various locations across Hampshire,
Portsmouth and Southampton and in the long term seeks to provide two other
caravans to provide universal service across Hampshire, Portsmouth and
Southampton. Due to the lack of capacity at present, the role in many parts of
Hampshire is being provided by bought in services utilising Surrey and Sussex’
excess capacity and during the last year the programme has been delivered to
nearly 8,000 young people during the school day.
5 SOUTHAMPTON KABADDI ASSOCIATION - A GRANT OF £4,000 MADE IN
OCTOBER 2004 FOR DEVELOPMENT OF THE SPORT
Members of the Committee will recall this grant being made for the development
of the sport of Kabaddi in and around Southampton.
Since financial support was provided by this Committee and indeed other
sponsors, some 2,500 young people have been coached by the Southampton
Kabaddi Association since February 2005 with approximately 20% of the sessions
taking place within that school time as part of the curriculum. The remainder has
open access evenings using the sports facilities and schools within Southampton
including utilisation of multi-use games areas.
Some of the statistics provided in the feedback report show the age of the
participants between 8 and 16 years of age with the most popular age group
being 9 - 11 year olds. 38% of participating students were female and over 40%
of them were from the ethnic minorities of the greater Southampton area. As part
of the programmes of expanding of the sport, the already significant tournament
dimension will be increased in the future by involving new schools as well as
expanding the programme of road show style events which demonstrate and
promote Kabaddi as a sport for young people.
6 THE TOWER PROJECT - CHAIN REACTION DANCE NIGHTS - A GRANT OF
£300 MADE IN OCTOBER 2005
Following successful fundraising by a charity shops local network fund, Totton
and Eling Council and a contribution made by the Police Authority, the first major
event of the Tower Project took place on the 1st December 2005 with over 150
young people. Encouraging feedback was received form all attendees with
everyone really enjoying the occasion in spite of their varying age group and
background and the event proved totally trouble free and both a credit to the
young people who attended and the people who organised the event. Future
events are planned during 2006 based upon the lessons learnt in the experience
game during this pilot event.
7 CRIME CONCERN - A GRANT OF £3,000 FOR THE 3D PROJECT MADE IN
This project, run by Crime Concern in Southampton, provides for outreach work
and a drop in centre for women involved in the sex trade, a significant proportion
of whom are also involved in drugs misuse. In the period April to August 2006, 26
different women used the facilities and 8 women are currently involved in working
through individual action plans specifically designed by staff from Crime Concern.
Work is continuing with all the women involved to improve their self esteem and
remove their negative expectations of themselves and the world in which they
live. An anonymous case study is available for inspection by the Committee, this
telling the harrowing story of an individual who, for a long time, was involved as a
sex worker and is now increasingly independent from drug and alcohol
dependency and no longer working in the street sex industry.
8 THE PRISON ME NO WAY DRUGS AWARENESS PROGRAMME – TWO
GRANTS TO HAMPSHIRE AND ISLE OF WIGHT BRANCHES OF £4,000
MADE IN FEBRUARY, 2004 AND JULY, 2004
Funding was awarded to these two projects towards start up costs and since that
time the projects have gone from strength to strength. An independent home
office funded study into the impact which was published late in 2005 has revealed
that the project helped to instil positive attitudes in behaviour and that around 80%
of young people who had experienced the trust programmes are less likely to
become involved in crime in the future.
Following on from that study the project received its highest accolade to date and
became the winner of a prestigious Criminal Justice Board award out of over 300
entries for outstanding achievement in engaging communities.
In recognition of our contribution we have been awarded a certificate by the No
Way Trust for our invaluable contribution towards their achievements. A copy of
the certificate will be available for members at the meeting.
9 HATCH WARREN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION CCTV PROJECT – GRANT OF
£3,000 MADE IN OCTOBER, 2004
This grant was made to the Hatch Warren Community Association following a
number of problems in and around their community building over a number of
years. After some delays caused by planning and technical difficulties the system
was installed and operational from October, 2005 onwards. After a minor incident
soon after installation there have been no further incidents of damage, anti-social
behaviour since and the vulnerable users of the centre particularly those who are
there in the late evening have reported they are much reassured by the presence
of the CCTV system. I am asked by the Community Centre Manager to record
her thanks for the assistance given by the Crime Prevention Committee as not
only has the installation system reduced crime and the fear of crime but has also
allowed monies that would otherwise have been used on repairs to the building to
provide extra facilities within it.
That the report be noted.
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