Community Cohesion

Tower Above:

Tower Above is a one-to-one mentoring programme aimed at 8-12-year-olds who are at risk of involvement in anti-social behaviour and/or crime. Young people are assigned a Community Cohesion Mentor with whom they co-design a personal development plan that outlines goals they want to work towards achieving. Mentoring sessions take place at Bloomfield Road stadium, where we support young people for up to 20 sessions.

Sessions cover a wide variety of topics such as resilience, healthy relationships, moral dilemmas, community safety and more. Sport and mentoring are combined and allows young people to build confidence, talk openly with a trusted adult and provide a way to positively foster their interests and talents. By engaging with Tower Above, it is hoped 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 and Blackpool Council.

Currently, we are only accepting referrals from Blackpool Council’s Families in Need team. For more information or to request a referral form, please contact: brett.whitehead@bfcct.co.uk

Online Mentoring:

We are currently not accepting any referrals for this programme due to the funding ending.

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. 

DIVERT YOUTH

DIVERT Youth is a preventative programme aimed at 10–17-year-olds who are at risk of entering the Criminal Justice System. Young people are assigned a one-to-one Mentor with whom they co-produce a personal development plan, which outlines goals they want to achieve. 

By adopting a trauma-informed approach to work with young people, we aim to gain an understanding of their behaviour and support individuals to increase their confidence, resilience and wellbeing, whilst reducing their offending behaviours. The programme will offer positive alternatives to young people such as education, training, volunteering and community-based activities such as football, boxing, table tennis etc. Young people will continue to be supported by their Mentor with regular check-ins to ensure they are staying on target and sustaining positive changes they have made.

DIVERT Youth is funded by the Lancashire Violence Reduction Network.

To discuss any potential referrals please contact: brett.whitehead@bfcct.co.uk

Project ADDER:

Young ADDER

Project ADDER (Addiction, Diversion, Disruption, Enforcement, Recovery) is a three-year pilot funded by the Home Office and managed by Public Health Blackpool.

Young ADDER is a multi-disciplinary team (MDT) that supports young people aged 16-25 who are actively involved in substance misuse and/or at risk of entering the criminal justice system. The Young ADDER team is made up of key workers from BFCCT, Streetlife, NHS and Blackpool Council who provide one-to-one support to young people. The programme is also supported by designated staff that work within services such as Probation, Housing, DWP and Police to ensure young people are fully supported and have access to the different types of support they may need.

Each young person is 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 wider MDT and explore positive pathways for individuals to access. In addition to this, staff encourage young people to take part in meaningful activities such as boxercise, walk and talk, table tennis, golf, swimming which 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 Young ADDER MDT to be discussed. Referral forms can be requested from and sent to: andy.walker@wearestreetlife.org           

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