Wherry youth project shortlisted for award
A youth project to tackle anti-social behaviour in Norwich has been shortlisted for a prestigious National Housing Federation Community Impact Award.
Wherry Housing Association, part of Circle Housing Group, has been recognised for its Living with Adults programme, launched in March 2012 to improve the behaviour and attitudes of young people previously involved in anti-social behaviour (ASB) or at high risk of becoming involved in ASB.
The innovative project, which has been shortlisted in the Safer Streets category for the East of England region, brought together young people and adults fromSouthalls WayandEvans WayinNorwich. The five-week scheme had a remarkable effect on those involved and has dramatically reduced the number of youth ASB reports in both areas.
The project encouraged young people to positively interact with the adults through a range of activities including bowling, snow-tubing and rock-climbing. They also attended a series of workshops designed to challenge their views of adults and help them appreciate the benefits of mutual respect and understanding. Following the project the young people demonstrated a significant positive change in attitude and behaviour.
Sue Stavers, Acting Managing Director of Wherry Housing Association, said:
“Tackling anti-social behaviour is a priority for us so we are delighted to have been shortlisted for this award. Projects like this not only benefit the young people involved but also have a really positive impact on the local community. We will build on the success of the Living with Adults project by continuing to engage with our young residents.”
Wherry recently provided a similar programme for 19 young people over the summer holidays. Nine of the group had previously taken part in the Living with Adults project and encouraged the 10 new recruits to take part in sporting activities including archery, football and street dance.
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Circle is one of theUK’s leading providers of affordable housing. With a dedicated team of more than 2,200 staff, Circle manages more than 63,000 homes, including supported and sheltered housing, for around 200,000 people across theUK.
Its mission is to enhance the Life Chances of its residents by providing great homes and reliable services, and building sustainable communities.
The Circle group includes 12 partners. Nine registered providers (RPs): South Anglia Housing, Wherry Housing Association, Old Ford Housing Association, Circle 33 Housing Trust, Merton Priory Homes, Mole Valley Housing Association, Mercian Housing Association, Roddons Housing Association and Russet Homes; two support & care partners: Circle Support and Invicta Telecare, as well as Circle Living for sales and marketing and management of shared ownership, market rent and private sale properties, and property repairs.
For more information about Circle and its partners, please visit www.circle.org.uk
To see more information on the Community Impact Awards, visit www.housing.org.uk/awards
The Community Impact Awards were formerly known as the What We Are Proud Of awards. They are annual awards organised by the National Housing Federation, which representsEngland’s housing associations.
To reach this stage over 180 entries were assessed by resident judges around the country.
Earlier this year, the National Housing Federation published Building Futures, a comprehensive survey of the investment housing associations make in services that improve the lives and wellbeing of residents. The Community Impact Awards tell the stories that bring these statistics to life. To download a copy, click here.
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