TODAY at City Hall the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Stephen Greenhalgh will hear first hand the views of young people from the Positive Futures projects. Leyton Orient Positive Futures run 5 of 20 Positive Futures projects that will share ideas on how the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) can achieve its mission of a safer, more secure London where young people can flourish. Building a closer relationship with the Police and contributing to their communities will be top of the agenda.
Over the last eleven years Leyton Orient Positive Futures have been transforming young people’s lives and making a significant impact on reducing crime and youth violence in some of the most deprived communities in the capital.
The projected annual social cost saving to be made by London Positive Futures projects is over £25 million. This has been estimated using the social impact modelling developed for the Sported Foundation by the social research cooperative Substance, and based on work delivered by London Positive Futures projects in 2011/12.
Leyton Orient Positive Futures project has a strong local focus tailored to meet the needs of young people in Barking and Dagenham, Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets; working with them on their streets, on their estates and in their communities.
This important event aims to give London Positive Futures projects and young people the opportunity to share their expertise of what works on the ground. This will help shape the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime’s (replacing the Metropolitan Police Authority), mission of a criminal justice system that serves all of the capital’s diverse communities.
A facilitated Q&A session ‘Reducing Crime in the Capital – what’s the answer?’ will allow Catch22 representatives, young people, and members of the national Youth Advisory Board to have their say. Earlier in June this year the Youth Advisory Board launched their Six Steps to a Safer Britain action plan. Building a better relationship with the police was one of the six steps, and continues to be top of the agenda for the young people. From October half term onwards young people from all projects will be organising and hosting events with their local police, ‘Working to the same beat events.’
Celebrity guest supporters of the programme attending the event will include Tottenham Hotspur Foundation Ambassador and former England footballer, Ledley King. Members of the local government, future Police and Crime Commissioners, policy makers and the voluntary and community sector with an interest in supporting young people and reducing crime will also be attending.
Chris Wright, CEO, Catch22 says: “Positive Futures has made a significant impact on young people’s lives, and contribution to reducing crime and ensuring civil order in some of the toughest communities across the capital. At Catch22 we recognise young people’s potential as thought leaders for social change and we are delighted that our young people are being listened to today to help ensure a brighter more prosperous environment for all young people growing up in the capital.”