PYF have expanded our work which helps young people make positive life choices and avoid the dangers of getting involved in matters relating to violence. The Staying Safe programme is being rolled out to every secondary school in Coventry. It is part-funded by the Home Office Knife Crime Community Fund as well as the from PYF’s own reserve funds.
Staying Safe brings together the foundation along with West Midlands Police, Coventry City Council, the Police and Crime Commissioners office and Street Doctors. It is part of wider approach, led by PYF, to tackle the issue.
In addition to these sessions, PYF continue to provide community sessions across the city, as well as leading on a professional training programme designed to support more than 100 social workers, Youth Offending Team Officers and police officers to increase their confidence in supporting young people with these challenges.
We are excited to announce that we have now received confirmation of the extension of Building Better Opportunities – ‘Progress’ until June 2019. This fantastic opportunity will allow us to add to the 130+ young people we have already supported through the programme.
Positive Youth Foundation is a delivery partner for an exciting programme of coaching and support to provide young people across Coventry and Warwickshire who are not in employment, education or training (NEET) and at risk of NEET access training and employment opportunities.
‘Progress’, is a part of ‘Building Better Opportunities’ – a programme funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery, through the Big Lottery Fund, to tackle poverty and social exclusion faced by the most disadvantaged people in England.
The programme has been designed to help young people aged 15 – 24 improve their chances of employment by offering them coaching support and bespoke activities in order to build skills and confidence and ultimately put them on the right path to a successful future.
November has seen the launch of Coventry’s new Go Cricket programme.
The Go Cricket programme is a new initiative focused on improving young people’s lives by increasing participation in cricket and physical activity throughout Coventry.
In partnership with Coventry City Council, CSW Sport, ECB and WCB eight parks within Coventry have been invested in with brand new infrastructures such as 7 artificial wickets and 5 cricket’s nets open to the community throughout the week. As the community project coordinator, PYF are hoping to see hundreds of young people accessing Coventry’s parks through weekly open access cricket sessions. A time table of these sessions will be released in the new year.
A huge congratulations to all 10 of our young health champions who have completed the six week graduate SnowCamps course. Advancing on from their two-day initiation to snow sports back in August, this group of young people pushed themselves through a series of challenges to complete the ASDAN award for Sport and Physical Activity along with achieving the highest awards in skiing and snowboarding.
We will be hearing many more success stories from this group as seven out of the ten have secured a place on the Excel Course which will lead to each young people qualifying as a Level 1 Ski or Snowboard Instructor within the next 5 months.
The Summer of 2018 saw Positive Youth Foundation design and create an online electronic democracy campaign for the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioners office.
Setting up an application process, advertising campaign and election process for the entire West Midlands region.
Overall 5,051 online votes we cast, seeing engagement from young people and communities across the region.
The 16 new Youth Commissioners now hold a two-year voluntary term with the office and feed into local and regional PCC agenda’s.
Congratulation’s and welcomes to Husnaa Mota and Deepti Sapkota, Coventry’s newly elected PCC Youth Commissioners – be in touch if there are any opportunities to involve them in campaigns or work across the community!
For the first time ever there will be two Refugee Week Conferences in 2019!
The dates for your diary are:
Refugee Week Conference COVENTRY (Coventry Cathedral): Monday 11 February,
10am – 5pm co-hosted with Positive Youth Foundation
Refugee Week Conference LONDON (Amnesty International Human Rights Action Centre): Friday 15 February, 10am – 5pm
The Refugee Week Conference is a day of inspiration, learning and networking in preparation for Refugee Week, the UK’s largest festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees (17-23 June 2019).
Programme and booking details will be released soon.
PYF have been tasked by the office of the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) to be in contact with organisations working with the regions young people to facilitate and develop the election process for the local Youth Commissioners. This process is being developed with a young person centred approach, in order to ensure that the elected Youth Commissioners role is of genuine impact to the local area and its young people. We believe that you are best placed to nominate and support young people living in your local areas to apply and be elected for the role of Youth Commissioner.
What are we looking for? We welcome your organisation and young people to be a part of a new process to nominate and elect youth representatives to serve on the West Midland PCC’s Youth Commission.
We will recruit a total of 16 volunteer Youth Commissioners who will represent the region as a whole to support the Commissioner and local police teams to relate and respond to the views of young people and advocate on their behalf.
A template and press pack for the election campaign will follow upon your interest in supporting the process of West Midlands Police and Crime Youth Commissioners.
Call us at Positive Youth Foundation on – 02476 791 190 OR Email the Project Co-ordinator Katie Davis via – email@example.com for further information
Volunteering has been at the core of Positive Youth Foundation since its inception and this summer just proved how influential our volunteers or as we call them “Youth Leaders” can be.
On Friday 3rd August we brought 20 youth leaders on a residential up to a small village in the Lake District called Shap. This would not only be “home” for the next 4 days but also the setting for character building, as we were about to take on the Total Warrior 10k obstacle assault course. On the Saturday morning the whole group walked deep into the countryside where we were greeted by the Total Warrior events team. The group was split into 2 teams, where one team would be volunteering on the course, supporting all of the participants and events crew whilst the other team would be preparing to take on the challenge of running the 10k race. Day two would see these roles reverse.
Within the group was a mix of boys and girls who had never taken on a challenge like this before, which brought a weekend of trials and tribulations. Needless to say there was huge celebrations all around when every PYF young person completed the course. Not only this but they were praised again and again for the genuine care and amazing energy that they brought to the weekend through their volunteering.
The event organiser Miranda Morgan said: “we have never had so much energy at this event before, I think Positive Youth Foundation have shown us how influential young volunteers can be, to creating an amazing atmosphere”.
The feat of completing at 10k obstacle race is an amazing achieve and a real test of fitness but what stood out even more was how active all of the volunteers were whilst they were out volunteering and supporting the events team out on the course. Every young person who volunteered completed between 14,000 – 27,000 steps within an 8 hours volunteering day.
Here are some of the quotes from our youth leaders when asked what their thoughts were before and after the weekend:
“I never thought I would finish it”
“I thought I was going to quit after the first obstacle”
“It was so fun volunteering at the fire pit”
“It was thought trying to motivate everyone over such a long day but it was fun at the same time”
“Yes I would do it again! but I think I’d want to train a bit for it next time”
Returning to Coventry on a high, the group of youth leaders have continued to volunteer on a daily basis throughout the summer, spreading the energy and enthusiasm back into their own communities.
Throughout the summer this group have volunteered over 100 hours and worked towards achieving Bronze and Silver UK Youth Achievement Awards for their contribution to social action within their communities.
This summer has seen a surge in female participation throughout Positive Youth Foundation programmes across Coventry. During our 4-week summer programme we have seen on average 30+ girls attending and participating in sports every day.
At the start of the Summer, St. Finbarrs GAA Club started their first ever girls Gaelic football team. This initiative came from the increased interest of girls wanting to play Gaelic football through Positive Youth Foundation’s after school’s programmes. One of the sports primary benefits is that at an early ages boys and girls play and learn side by side on the pitch, creating a healthy training ground for equality and respect for both genders. After only three months of training sessions the girls entered the All – Britain Championships and Won the All Britain Shield.
This wasn’t the only success story in the city this summer. Positive Youth Foundation hosted the first Girls Chance to Shine National Street Cricket tournament. The tournament saw 88 young girls aged 5 – 15 playing and enjoying the day. The tournament itself had a festival feel to it as the day started with a variety of games lead by PYF Youth Leaders and Chance to Shine coaches and impromptu dance sessions breaking out in front of DJ Mikey D.
As the atmosphere of the day built up to the tournament matches, it was great to see almost a hundred girls from all over the country being active for over 4 hours.
With such a positive increase of girls participating in sports this summer there is high hopes for a much needed influx of girls sports programmes peaking as we come closer to next year when Coventry becomes European City of Sport 2019.
Halima was referred onto the BBO Progress programme in April 2017, after some challenges with her course. Halima had set herself targets with her Progress on developing her CV and interview techniques, completing a Sports Leadership qualification, gaining a level 2 in her Maths (equivalent to A-C in GCSE) as well as gain an apprenticeship in the NHS.
Over the course of the programme Halima has worked with a number of young people, on activities which are work related sessions such as attending workshops and support offered by the Job Shop, healthy cooking programmes with Groundwork West Midlands “Cook and Eat well”, Youth Employability modules and functional skills.
Halima worked on developing her Employability skills such as communication, leadership and organisation whilst on PYF sessions, she has also worked with Voluntary Action Coventry in finding a suitable placement in the NHS.
Halima has now completed her journey on the BBO Progress project, which started in April 2017, she feels that she has gained more experience and confidence in meeting new people, and the introduction to the Prince’s Trust programme has given her that vital push to meet her goals.
She plans to become a Nurse either at the Accident and Emergency department or a Dental Nurse via an apprenticeship.
Progress is funded by the National Lottery, through the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund.