Marks and Spencer British Community Safety Award Winners
Now in their 7th year, the Marks & Spencer British Community Safety Awards are dedicated to rewarding community members and groups who work to reduce community crime, and fear of crime.
The Marks & Spencer British Community Safety Awards 2003, organised jointly with
Tower Project (Blackpool Community Safety Partnership)
This project supports persistent offenders in Blackpool’s prisons and communities to steer them away from a life of crime. The Tower Project is a crime reduction initiative that has been operating in Blackpool since 2002, in a working partnership with:
Responding to the connection between drug misuse and re-offending, the programme offers persistent offenders immediate access to:
In comparison between 2001 and 2002, figures uncovered:
Contact: Detective Inspector Edward Thistlewaite
Knowle West Learning Through Football Project (Avon & Somerset Constabulary)
This project uses football to engage disaffected young people in Bristol. With 35% of the local population under the age of 15, the project was created to address issues on the Knowle and Filwood estate of South Bristol in:
To help combat these issues, evening sessions were organised where young people learned football skills from two Bristol City FC coaches. As part of the scheme, young people also attended the Bristol City Study Support centre every Friday afternoon where they were taught literacy, numeracy, and IT skills through the medium of football. The results to date are promising with:
Contact: DS Nick Papuca
The Streets Ahead Project (Hastings and Rother Youth Development Service)
This project tackles crime against visiting foreign language students in Hastings. Set-up as a pilot project in the summer of 2000, the Streets Ahead project was designed to address tensions between visiting language students and local young people as well as the growing perception of the town as an unsafe and violent place to visit.
By employing youth workers from European countries such as Germany, Sweden and Finland, the project was able to create a team that had the language skills necessary to communicate with young people in their first language. Additionally, workshops were run in secondary schools and police identified ‘hot spots’, which specifically targeted young people who had either offended or displayed behaviour likely to compromise the safety of others.
Organisations involved in this project implementation included:
In its first year, the project has seen area crime decrease considerably, falling from 170 reported incidents in
Contact: Sue Grieg
Tower Hamlets Summer University (THSU)
This project focuses on reducing high incidence of crime by young people during summer holidays in the London borough of Tower Hamlets. A voluntary programme, THSU works with a diverse range of young people, aged between 14
Working with 2 youth advisory groups, it promotes independent learning, racial tolerance and good community relations. Its success is attributed to the youth lead approach on programme development, which includes the development of peer mentors. Approximately 10% of the
Contact: Sarah Hodgkin
The Clockwise Centre (Essex Trust for Rehabilitation and Assistance –
Last update: 20/10/03