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Notts charity to deliver key council mentoring programme

Notts charity to deliver key council mentoring programme

Nottinghamshire-based charity Switch Up will lead a seven-month programme to reduce anti-social behaviour and criminality in young people after receiving funding from Mansfield District Council.

The charity has been awarded £33,000 from the local authority, on behalf of the Nottinghamshire Office for Police and Crime Commissioners (OPCC), to run the project from its Switch Up Community Hub, which opened on the Ravensdale Estate earlier this year.

The funding will finance mentoring and employability training, as well as enabling the charity to link young people with additional services and guidance.

A significant element of the funding will be ring-fenced to deliver work around empowering and raising aspirations for women and girls. to support them in making positive decisions regarding their safety.

Paul Hamnett, group head of operations at Switch Up, said:

“We are delighted to receive this funding from Mansfield District Council, which will enable us to deliver a detailed programme to support young people across the wider Mansfield area.

“Switch Up provides a vital service that helps children and young people to achieve their potential and gives them the tools to develop and put themselves in the best position to succeed, and we’re looking forward to delivering these services through the programme.”

The funding is in place until the end of March 2023 and will help the Switch Up team to deliver the core aims of the programme, alongside outreach work in the community which will link in with the work done by the community policing teams.

David Evans, head of health and communities at Mansfield District Council, said:

“We have been working with Switch-Up for the past three years, with funding from the OPCC, and have referred a number of young people to them in an effort to prevent them becoming caught up in criminal activity. It’s been really productive for us and has helped reduce anti-social behaviour in some areas.

“It is great that Switch Up will be using this funding for exactly the kind of grass roots project that we hoped would be the result of placing this leisure facility in Ravensdale into the hands of a community leisure provider.

“These kinds of partnerships between the council and organisations that have a local community at heart are often the most effective way to generate changes and improvements that make a real difference and we look forward to seeing more positive results from this project.”

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