Community Cohesion

Tower Above:

Tower Above is a preventative programme working together with Blackpool Families in Need, aimed at 8-12-year-olds on the periphery of involvement in anti-social behaviour or crime. Young people are assigned a 1:1 mentor (Youth Engagement Officer) with whom they co-design a personal development plan. Sport and physical activity are used as a hook to engage individuals in constructive activities, away from disruptive peers/influences and making bad choices. 

Sport and physical activity will form part of 1:1 mentoring sessions, allowing young people to build confidence, talk about any issues or challenges they may face and provide a way to positively foster their interests and talents. By engaging with Tower Above, it is the hope that young people will change their attitudes towards anti-social behaviour and access positive provisions that will continue to improve their personal development.

Funding contributions come from the Premier League Charitable Fund, Blackpool Council and Revoelution. The funding from Revoelution will see us work with a percentage of young people in the Revoe area to improve outcomes for them and their community.

Online Mentoring:

Our online mentoring offer is aimed at 10-16 year olds who are at risk of becoming involved in anti-social behaviour and/or crime. Young people can access their online mentoring sessions via their preferred platform which includes XBOX, PlayStation 4 or a video call. All 1:1 sessions take place with our BFCCT Digital Youth Engagement Officer. 

Sports gaming such as FIFA and other sports based online activities will form part of 1:1 mentoring sessions. This approach will act as a hook to engage young people, allowing them to build confidence, talk about any issues or challenges they may face and provide a way to positively foster their interests and talents in a safe environment. By engaging in our Online Mentoring provision, it is hoped that young people will change their attitudes towards anti-social behaviour and go on to access positive provisions that will continue to improve their personal development.

Our Online Mentoring provision has been developed due to funding from the Youth Endowment Fund. The aims are to identify how young people who are at risk of offending can be supported via online/digital platforms and support.

DIVERT:

DIVERT is a custody intervention programme aimed to reduce reoffending, which forms part of the Lancashire Violence Reduction Network. It is aimed at 18-25-year-olds who find themselves in police custody for committing a violent crime. Following release, individuals who consent to engage with DIVERT are given positive motivation for change through the support of our Custody Intervention Coach. This includes helping individuals to access community-based services and activities which promote personal development and progression into employment, education or training. 

Our Custody Intervention Coach is NOT a police officer and all conversations are completely confidential. DIVERT is voluntary and the decision to engage with the programme is up to the young adult. The programme is independent of the current police investigation and any subsequent criminal charges. 

Boxercise

Funded by Lancashire Police & Crime Commissioner, our Boxercise provision is an offender only programme that aims to support adults who have a history of offending. By taking part in 1:1 boxing based exercises, alongside learning about the principles of boxing, our work aims to rehabilitate participants and break the cycle of reoffending. 

We aim to support all Boxercise participants with their transition into other community based activities and support them into taking a more positive path in life, moving away from negative choices and disruptive peers.

We currently accept referrals from the following services:

  • DIVERT
  • United Together
  • National Probation Service
  • DWP 

United Together:

United Together is a partnership between Active Lancashire, the Community Rehabilitation Centre (CRC) and the Trust which establishes reintegration pathways into the diverse provision across the whole Blackpool FC Community Trust (BFCCT) offer. CRC staff refer into the United Together programme, where the Active Lancashire team meet with individuals to discuss the various support available to them. If BFCCT is relevant, we support individuals on a 1:1 mentoring basis into existing programmes, e.g. community sports sessions or enrolment onto Traineeships.

Working together, individuals have a tailored plan that the participant and mentor will work on together, which in addition to encouraging sport and physical activity, will reduce reoffending and consider future employment goals, identifying training and work experience needs.

For more information on any of this provision please contact Brett Whitehead on: 01253 348 691 or email: brett.whitehead@bfcct.co.uk

Project ADDER:

Project ADDER (Addiction, Diversion, Disruption, Enforcement, Recovery) is a three year pilot funded by the Home Office and managed by Public Health Blackpool. The project is aimed at reducing drug related deaths and moving individuals away from drug addiction. By using a new, system-wide approach, multi-agency partners will work closely together and form two multi-disciplinary teams (MDT) that support Adults (25+) and Young People (under 25). The Adult team will be working with individuals who are deemed to be most at risk of drug related death, with an addiction to substances such as crack cocaine and opiates. The Young People’s team will be working with vulnerable individuals with complex needs to get their lives back on track and prevent further involvement with substance misuse and criminal behaviour. Each individual will be assigned a key worker that they are suited to and feel they will engage best with, this worker will support individuals to address their specific needs, making the most of the ‘wrap around’ support available from the MDT and explore positive pathways for individuals to access.

BFCCT staff will play a key role across both MDT’s by supporting young people and adults as key workers and providing one-to-one support to address their issues and put positive solutions in place. The other role will be to provide meaningful one-to-one and group activities for individuals to access that will fill up their time and support their recovery from drug addiction. Activities such as football, boxercise, walk and talk, table tennis, running, cycling etc. will provide ways for individuals to learn new skills, meet new people and improve their physical and mental health, whilst also supporting their recovery from substance misuse. By supporting individuals to attend meaningful community activities, it is hoped they will feel empowered and confident, enabling them to sustain their involvement in community activity long term, without any support.

Referrals are taken to the Adult ADDER or Young ADDER multi-disciplinary teams to be discussed. Referral forms can be requested from and sent to the below contacts:

Adult ADDER – AdultAdderref@ren-uk.com

Young ADDER – andy.walker@wearestreetlife.org           

For any further information regarding the role of BFCCT in Project ADDER, please contact brett.whitehead@bfcct.co.uk