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POSITIVE ACTIVITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE is a sub- group of SAVVY who aim to provide positive activity programmes for the young people in Saxmundham and the surrounding villages.The sub-group has a joint working partnership with the Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT), Catch 22/Positive Futures, Club Sax with their local youth outreach workers, Brook Farm Residents Association, Arts & Sports Suffolk Coastal District Council, Saxmundham Town Council and local young people.
The sub-group acknowledged that there is a critical lack of youth provision within the area and, as a result, young people are bored, understimulated and unchallenged. They have no real facilities, nowhere to hang out without fear of being moved on and some young people sadly resort to nuisance and anti-social behaviour.
With the help of local youth workers we are able to work closely with the young people to ascertain what they would like to happen locally. SAVVY aims to source funding for these activities and work with providers to make these things happen.
The sub group’s recent football project “Teenage Kicks” ran for 16 weeks during the 2011 summer period. The project which was aimed at 13-19 year olds provided FREE football sessions every Thursday night at the Memorial Field, Saxmundham for 2 hours. Funding was also provided to have qualified coaches and youth workers at the sessions enabling a close interaction with the young people. At the end of the project a football tournament was organised with medals for the winning team and certificates awarded to specific young people who showed their best abilities throughout the project.
Funding is currently being sourced to provide 2 further projects throughout the winter months. SAVVY aims to provide street dancing and boxing sessions twice a week Tuesdays and Thursdays until February then to continue with the successful “Teenage Kicks” Projects during the summer months again.
Since “Teenage Kicks” started in May 2011 it has attracted over 50 young people who enrolled in the project with over 350 attendances at the weekly sessions during the 16 weeks. Over 52 hours of outreach work was achieved by volunteer youth workers in support of the project, who have emphasised that there has been a clear level of engagement by the young people, and that there has been increased use of the “Go with The Flow Bus” that comes to Saxmundham on a Friday evenings, and also increased attendance at Club Sax that is held on Tuesday evenings at The Resource Centre.
The Safer Neighbourhood Team has reported there has been a considerable decrease in problems of anti social behaviour at Carlton Park with a marked decrease in reports of nuisance and unacceptable behaviour at Brook Farm.
This shows with continued effort we can improve social interaction by working with the young people to achieve things that they want to be involved with, therefore if you would like to volunteer your time towards helping the young people within your local community or to assist with any funding please contact SAVVY.