Following the success of our Take a Shot project in three areas of Plymouth - aimed at engaging young people in positive activities and drawing them away from anti-social behaviour - we have secured funding from Plymouth Community Safety Partnership to continue this work in Southway.
Take a Shot had a dramatic effect in this area in 2012. Working in close collaboration with the Southway Youth Work team, our film and sport practitioners from FOTONOW and Plymouth Sports Academy helped engage over 80 young people in positive outdoor activities, including the production of a short film. Using the covered sports area at Beechwood School, the Take a Shot sessions helped re-establish the link between young people and youth workers and has directly led to the re-opening of Southway Youth Centre, which had been closed in early 2012 due to anti-social behaviour issues.
For 2013 we have identified live music and film/media as areas of particular interest to the young people and sessions are now underway, with plans for live gigs and a young people's community newsletter in the pipeline. Working in partnership with the Southway Youth Work team the aim is to keep providing opportunities for young people to get involved in activities that build confidence, develop skills and raise aspirations.