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Centre of excellence aims to support at-risk youngsters

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Centre of excellence aims to support at-risk youngsters Centre of excellence aims to support at-risk youngsters

A project has been set up to steer young people away from gangs and crime in an inner-city neighbourhood.

Bradford Community Safety Partnership is ploughing £148,000 into creating a centre of excellence at Girlington Community Centre.

It will form the headquarters of a multi-agency partnership project to divert youngsters away from a life of crime before they end up on a downward spiral.

The aim is to reduce crime, anti-social behaviour and school exclusions among people aged between ten and 20. The programme will also provide existing offenders and ex-offenders with support during their rehabilitation.

Bradford Council has been working with West Yorkshire Police and Con-sequence, a community group of volunteers, to produce an intensive programme of mentoring and support to young people.

The Centre of Excellence has been developed from an earlier successful project, Manningham and Girlington Influencing Change (MAGIC).

It will target those seen to be most at-risk of drifting into a life of crime, such as gang members, youngsters involved in the youth justice system and those who parents or schools are worried about their behaviour.

The programme will consist of intensive activities including tackling anti-social behaviour, drug-taking, drug dealing and the misuse of alcohol. The first intake is planned for this summer.

Councillor Imran Hussain, deputy leader of Bradford Council and chairman of the Bradford District Community Safety Partnership, said: “Many of the most prolific offenders commit their first crimes at a very early age. If we can get involved with them at this age we can prevent their anti-social behaviour developing into a life of serious criminality and low achievement.

“So far, the MAGIC project has been extremely successful working with young people in challenging and changing their behaviour for the better. The funding for the Centre of Excellence will allow us to expand and build on that success.”

Chief Superintendent Simon Atkin, the police commander for Bradford District, said: “This Centre of Excellence will provide much-needed support and guidance to those youngsters at risk of drifting into crime, as well as working with offenders who are looking for ongoing support to prevent any return to criminality.”

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12:03pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Not so simple says...

Nothing more than a publicity stunt. After a couple of years the funding will probably end and you're back to square one. In the meantime the support workers will have earned a fair bit in wages as will the centre managers.

If the police did their job properly and busted all the criminals good and proper than you won't have ten year olds wanting to be thugs and gang members.
Nothing more than a publicity stunt. After a couple of years the funding will probably end and you're back to square one. In the meantime the support workers will have earned a fair bit in wages as will the centre managers. If the police did their job properly and busted all the criminals good and proper than you won't have ten year olds wanting to be thugs and gang members. Not so simple
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3:02pm Fri 11 Apr 14

The Hoffster says...

Anyone know where the parents of these feral animals are ?
Anyone know where the parents of these feral animals are ? The Hoffster
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3:04pm Fri 11 Apr 14

RollandSmoke says...

MAGIC = Slight of hand, smoke and mirrors, misdirection, distraction, deception. A very apt name I feel.
MAGIC = Slight of hand, smoke and mirrors, misdirection, distraction, deception. A very apt name I feel. RollandSmoke
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8:01pm Fri 11 Apr 14

RollandSmoke says...

Why are there so few places getting kids involved in music? Is it because music can be noisy and that's now classed as antisocial behavior? Yeah that must be it, I mean it's not like musicians have ever been known to take drugs or drink to excess is it? Unless you're playing thousands of pounds worth of instrument in a tuxedo music's bad.
Why are there so few places getting kids involved in music? Is it because music can be noisy and that's now classed as antisocial behavior? Yeah that must be it, I mean it's not like musicians have ever been known to take drugs or drink to excess is it? Unless you're playing thousands of pounds worth of instrument in a tuxedo music's bad. RollandSmoke
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9:08pm Fri 11 Apr 14

johnhem says...

The Hoffster wrote:
Anyone know where the parents of these feral animals are ?
girlington/maningham
, where else?
[quote][p][bold]The Hoffster[/bold] wrote: Anyone know where the parents of these feral animals are ?[/p][/quote]girlington/maningham , where else? johnhem
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5:35am Sat 12 Apr 14

The Hoffster says...

johnhem wrote:
The Hoffster wrote:
Anyone know where the parents of these feral animals are ?
girlington/maningham

, where else?
Er yeah; but where's their responsibility ?
[quote][p][bold]johnhem[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Hoffster[/bold] wrote: Anyone know where the parents of these feral animals are ?[/p][/quote]girlington/maningham , where else?[/p][/quote]Er yeah; but where's their responsibility ? The Hoffster
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