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HA's successful anti-social behaviour clampdown awarded

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities

HA's successful anti-social behaviour clampdown awarded HA's successful anti-social behaviour clampdown awarded

A Salford housing association has won a national award in recognition of its campaign to stamp out anti-social behaviour (ASB) in one of its worst affected neighbourhoods.

Last year, City West Housing Trust launched a new community resource centre in the Valley neighbourhood in Swinton to raise its visibility, coordinate partnership activity and provide a renewed focus to reduce ASB.

The new centre has acted as a focal point for a range of activities and initiatives which has led to a 47% increase in the amount of ASB cases being reported.

City West, which has a dedicated project officer based at the centre, has worked closely with a range of partners including Salford City Council, Greater Manchester Police and Salford College to tackle ASB and to offer activities and training opportunities for young people and adults.

The success of the Valley project comes as City West secured a nationally-recognised ABS accreditation.

Awarded by HouseMark, which works with housing organisations to improve their performance and services, the accreditation recognises City West’s strategic and operational approach to tackling ASB in its communities.

HouseMark highlighted a number of City West initiatives which it identified as examples of best practice for social housing providers.

These included the award winning 'Change Your Choices' project, which provides a week-long course for 10-16 years olds who are in danger of becoming involved in criminal and nuisance behaviour, and the 'Youth Empowerment Panel', which gives young customers living in City West’s communities a greater say in what groups and activities are run in local neighbourhoods.

Matt Jones, Assistant Director of Communities and Neighbourhoods at City West, said: “It's fantastic to hear that residents in the Valley are feeling more confident about reporting ASB. An increase in reporting helps us to tackle ASB alongside partners and the coordinated approach is definitely having a really positive impact on the lives of our customers living in this community.

“Through our neighbourhood promises, developed in partnership with local people, we’re committed to making our communities safe and desirable places where customers want to live.”

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