A new scheme in Seaham is set to tackle anti-social behaviour … with the aid of a spanner or two.
Hands on training in car and motorbike maintenance will be offered to young people in Dawdon and Seaham thanks to a collaboration between believe housing and Durham Constabulary. A range of educational workshops aimed at 14-17-year olds will be run weekly into the summer.
The new initiative is intended to minimise social exclusion by engaging and empowering young people. Everyone taking part will also have the opportunity to earn a recognised qualification in vehicle maintenance.
The project has been devised to provide a practical way for young people to spend their spare time. It is hoped that it will help to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour rates in the area. Young people will be recruited by approaching families and young directly, as well as through work with local schools to identify people who would benefit from the project.
The car and motorbike sessions have been made possible by a £4,777 grant from believe housing’s community investment programme.
believe housing Safer Neighbourhoods Officer, Caroline Nevens said: “This is a great initiative that will give young people some valuable skills that they’ll be able to use for the rest of their lives. We’re really pleased to be able support the police to make it all possible.
“We know that projects that provide something practical and appealing for young people to do, have an enormously positive impact for the whole community. I’m sure this one will be a success too.”
PC Martin Thursfield, from Seaham Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “As we’re starting to see lighter nights, and the gradual reduction of coronavirus related restrictions, it’s important that we do everything we can to reduce the temptation to get involved in antisocial behaviour. This new project is going to offer some really great opportunities to spend time doing something interesting that can improve skills and perhaps even be a stepping-stone to other things.
“I’m really looking forward to working with the young people of Seaham on this initiative.”
PC Thursfield and his team have been receiving support of Gott Technical Services to source equipment and help to deliver the project from Chameleon Vocational Training.
believe housing’s community investment programme also supports food banks, sports clubs, schools and charities across most of County Durham and many surrounding areas. The grant scheme has already distributed more than £150,000 during this financial year. Full details of the programme are available here, or by calling the Community Investment Team on 0300 1311 999.