Quotes from previous projects
"… a wonderful scheme that is 'well oiled' to engage
those who have become disengaged."
"… enabling the children to feel a sense of ownership
and control of over the event made it an experience that I'm sure
they will not forget."
"I was a little apprehensive at first as to how much time
the project would take up but then I redressed the way I was
approaching it and found it didn't take away curriculum time but in
fact the project added value to the curriculum. After some minor
adjustments to my planning I used it as a way to deliver specific
curriculum elements. It meant the areas had far more meaning and
value for the children as each piece of work was approached with a
whole new enthusiasm."
Mrs Waite- key stage 2 manager Bryn Bach Primary
" The project was a great success, and the support was
brilliant. The only possible thing that we could have
improved on was to involve more young people in the project,
especially some older young people. Their confidence and
willingness to get involved has flourished since the project
started. I was really proud of the way they spoke"
Lee Davies 3Gs Merthyr
"Thank you for giving the fire service the opportunity to
get involved with your youth project. It has certainly assisted us
getting into the communities we serve and especially the age
groups that we need to target. We have experienced a reduction in
the call rates in the areas we have been involved & have
witnessed a reduction in the verbal and physical abuse to the
fire crews attending incidents. I'm currently in the process of
gaining authority to use the overtime budget to provide personnel
to support the project further."
Cefn Fforest Fire Station
"Nights Out Project - As part of the problem solving
initiative for Trecenydd a number of youths have been involved in
this project with the Arts Council of Wales. In an area with a
high level of Anti Social Behaviour related incidents the regular
intervention discouraged the youths from displaying such behavior
by offering the opportunity of alternative activities within the
Attending the workshops allowed us to meet the youths in an
informal capacity and encourage a two way dialogue allowing us to
understand their needs and concerns and become approachable figures
within their community.
The final production proved successful in breaking down
intergenerational barriers highlighting the good work and talent
displayed by the youths and promoting a community spirit which is
continuing to grow."
"Blackwood neighbourhood team assisted children at blackwood
primary school in a project with the Arts Council of Wales to put
on a production of Beauty and the Beast. The children were of mixed
learning ability aged 10 and 11years, there were six workshops
where police officers interacted with these children. the outcome
was that the children spoke freely to officers thus bringing down
any barriers that existed previously. The school is on a
predominantly council estate which has been a pact priority for the
past 12 months. On the night of the show there was an audience of
over 100 parents who were all impressed by how the children reacted
positively to the police officers involved. Overall the experience
was very positive and I enjoyed watching the progress of the
children as they organised what was an impressive
"From my experience the project was a really good opportunity
to get to know the school as a whole better (both staff and
pupils), we were able to be involved in 'assisting' the pupils in
their lessons and preparation for the project, this was done in a
number of ways both in and out the classroom.
The main focus as well as engagement was giving ownership to
the young people. I was posted away from the are prior to the
completion of the training, however I attending on the evening to
watch the show, which was brilliant. The youngsters really took a
great deal of pride in their individual responsibilities and the
evening went really well. It definately broke down the barriers
further between the Police (Neighbourhood Team) and young people
both in and out of the school environment.
It is my intention to get the same project up and running over
here in the very near future."
Pontypool Police Station
"In 2009 The Bedwas Neighbourhood Policing Team worked closely
with a group of young adults from the local area as part of the
YOUNG PROMOTERS SCHEME.
As a Police Officer for the local area I had previous dealings
with these persons as they had been involved in general Anti-social
behaviour near the local shop. The majority of these dealings were
negative. My previous approach was " A word in their ear" and then
moving them on from the area.
This scheme provided a totally different approach, allowing us
as Police to interact with these young adults, speaking openly
about their needs and concerns and offering them help and advice
during the process.
I strongly feel that both police and the young adults have
benefited. This has broken down barriers. The ward team for the
Bedwas area are now known to these persons by their first names and
often approach us when we are patrolling in the area. The scheme
has most certainly made a difference."
Stuart Lewis PC 2035