Youth Zone at Home: OnSide’s response to Covid-19
Ever wondered how much of an impact our Youth Zones have on their local community? Don’t just take our word for it…
OnSide's approach is the best and most sustainable model I've seen, their work is inspiring
Phil Garrigan, Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service
OnSide projects have had a demonstrable impact on crime and anti-social behaviour, helping to increase confidence, resilience, tolerance and social skills, reduce the vulnerability of those at risk of exploitation, and improve health and wellbeing.
Since the start of the project in Carlisle, anti-social behaviour is down by 34.4 per cent which the Police and Crime Commissioner largely attributes to the Youth Zone’s success.
In Manchester, local police have pointed to a 13 per cent reduction in anti-social behaviour in Year 1 and a 51 per cent reduction in Year 2 since the Youth Zone opened. There has also been a significant fall in deliberate secondary fires started, with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service crediting the Youth Zones as having made a significant contribution to this reduction.
In Oldham, police report a 30 per cent reduction in anti-social behaviour involving young people and a 40 per cent decline in young people being victims of street crime.
In Wigan, local police point to a 77 per cent reduction in anti-social behaviour incidents in nearby Mesnes Park following the establishment of the Youth Zone.
Wigan Youth Zone and the police are hailing a massive drop in anti-social behaviour in the five years since the lavish facility opened its doors. The Parson’s Walk venue says it has been able to decrease instances of youths getting into trouble in the surrounding area by as much as 77 percent.
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