A community group in Eastwood, Rotherham is providing targeted sessions for young people to encourage them to make positive choices.

Clifton Learning Partnership are providing a dedicated support package to young people form the age of 11-years to 17-years with funding from the South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit.

The ‘Young Champions in Eastwood’ project will provide sessions and activities that will teach young people that there are alternatives to engaging in criminal activities.

Mahara Haque, External Funding Officer at Clifton Learning Partnership said: “Clifton Learning Partnership work with the whole of the community within Eastwood village. We are helping to create attitudinal and societal change along with better engagement for young people with the police. We have already built up a good relationship of trust and mutual respect with the Eastwood Community.”

The £8,826 funding will provide a dedicated youth worker running outreach sessions once a week, parental engagement sessions and diversionary sport activities.

Dr Alan Billings, South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner and Chair of the South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit visited Clifton Learning Partnership along with Councillor Wendy Cooksey and Steve Parry from the Rotherham Community Safety Partnership.

Dr Billings said: “The work undertaken by the Clifton Learning Partnership is hugely beneficial to the local community.

“This funding I have provided through the Violence Reduction Unit will enable local young people and their parents to access support and services and help keep them safe. It will provide alternative activities that may stop them becoming involved in anti-social behaviour or even crime.”