Broadacres report major anti-social behaviour fall
Published by Neil Shaefer for Broadacres in Communities and also in Housing
Northallerton Boxing Club
SCHEMES that aim to divert young people away from committing a crime or causing a nuisance are being credited with a massive 60% fall in reports of anti-social behaviour in areas where a housing association has homes.
New anti-social behaviour figures released by Broadacres Housing Association show that reports of youth nuisance in the area where it manages properties fell from 28 to 11 in 2012/13.
This is largely being attributed to the successful diversionary schemes in operation in areas such as Northallerton, Stokesley and Thirsk. These include a boxing club set up in Northallerton to encourage young people to get involved in sport and a youth drop-in centre/club in Stokesley, which provide youngsters with activities such as arts and crafts, pool and games consoles.
Overall, the number of reports of anti-social behaviour in the 5,500 properties owned by Broadacres fell from 211 to 193 in 2012/13 – a decrease of 9%.
In Easingwold, reports fell from 28 to 19, in Selby they fell from 21 to 16 and they remained static at 34 in Thirsk.
The highest number of reports (96) came from the Northallerton area, where Broadacres has a large number of concentrated properties, although these reports decreased by 2% on the previous year.
In Stokesley, anti-social behaviour reports fell from 23 in 2011/12 to just 8 this year – the largest single decrease.
Lee Godfrey, Broadacres Tenancy Relations Co-ordinator, said: “Working with various partners, including North Yorkshire Police, Hambleton & Richmondshire Community Safety Partnership, local authorities across the county and volunteers, we have made major inroads into reducing the number of reports of anti-social behaviour in the areas where we manage homes.
“This is has been achieved by a variety of means, including issuing acceptable behaviour and parenting contracts, providing community mediation and anger management services and championing a range of youth diversionary activities.
“The diversionary activities range from a football tournament organised in Northalleton by the multi-agency ActDivertz group through to the Fire Place drop-in centre in Stokesley which has proven very popular with young people and was recently short-listed for a national housing award.
“We take a zero tolerance approach to anti-social behaviour, in whatever form, and by continuing to work in partnership with other agencies we look forward to seeing further decreases in 2013/14."