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Street Stuff

Introduction

Key activities

Benefits and impacts

Learning

Further Information

Street Stuff is a multi-award winning youth diversionary project which has helped reduce youth disorder in every area of Renfrewshire in which it operates. It is a partnership led programme between St Mirren FC, Renfrewshire Council, Scottish Fire and Rescue, Police Scotland, Engage Renfrewshire and Scottish Football Association.

 

The objectives of the project are:

 

  • Improved social inclusion and access to facilities
  • Provision of and education around healthy eating and healthy lifestyles,
  • An increase in positive destinations for young people.

 

Theme: Community Safety

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  • Football with coaching from St Mirren FC
  • Dance classes are held at 6 locations across Renfrewshire
  • Holiday clubs are held at Easter, Summer, October and Festive periods
  • Annual Football Festival –young people from across Renfrewshire and the West Region come together in a competitive tournament sponsored and delivered in partnership with SFAs Midnight League.
  • Weekly after school programme held in two locations providing Football, Dance, Youth Bus and Box activities and the provision of a hot meal.
  • Three youth buses allow interactive learning sessions as well as gaming
  • Volunteering and employment opportunities.
  • Encourage involvement in litter picks, graffiti clean ups, with rewards through the Kick & Collect Scheme and Young Scot

In 2013/14 25,163 young people attended free evening and weekend Street Stuff activities.  The programme helps divert young people from any possible disorder or antisocial behaviour.  Since Street Stuff was launched in 2009, reported incidents of youth disorder and anti social behaviour in Renfrewshire have dropped by 75%.

 

A £250,000 funding boost in 2015/16 from the Tackling Poverty fund provided those attending activities with 2,100 free, hot and healthy lunches.

 

Following from successful diversionary and intervention programmes provided through Street Stuff and Kick & Collect, the need for long term sustained prevention of anti-social youth behaviour in Renfrewshire was identified. Each partners’ experience informs an educational awareness programme to help prevent young people aged between 10 and 15 from becoming victims or perpetrators of anti-social behaviour.

 

Several educational initiatives have been established, tailored to address current and emerging issues, taking account of the views of young people.  The impact is adjusted to subject, age and susceptibility.

 

‘SafeKids’, an annual three week long initiative, raises community safety awareness targeting all P6 pupils with follow up inputs to all P7 and S1 pupils throughout Renfrewshire based on hard hitting participative activities.

 

‘FireReach’ targets young people who have committed or are at risk of committing fire raising offenses. This is a weeklong initiative based on a Fire Station, and is run when a cohort has been established.  It is led by Scottish Fire and Rescue Service with partners involved when required.  Annual visits and presentations take place in every secondary school across Renfrewshire, raising awareness of the dangers associated with Fireworks night.

 

Educational messages are further reinforced and anti-social behaviour reduced through established Street Stuff, Kick and Collect diversionary activities with young people encouraged to take ownership and pride in the areas they live in through participation in clean ups and graffiti removal activities.

 

Focused youth offending workshops also target hard-to-reach young people who are a potential danger to themselves and the community through their behaviour.  They are identified at Street Stuff events and through ASIST youth workers and specific projects are developed for them.

 

  • 75% reduction in youth disorder and anti social behaviour since the programme began
  • 49% increase in participation levels over the past 2 years.
  • 50% of staff delivering Street Stuff activities are former participants and volunteers.  A number of staff have also progressed to positive destinations with Police Scotland and Teacher training.
  • Over 37,269 participants took part during 2015/16 an increase of 12,000 from the previous year.

Contact details:

To find out more about this case study, please contact:

 

Carolanne Robertson

Community Safety Manager

Renfrewshire Council

0141 618 7600

Case study added to site: June 2016

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