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.