FYA offers the youth, that have already been identified as at-risk, an opportunity to work with us to improve their ability to develop a positive attitude towards their future. The long-term goal of Unite for Youth is to empower the young person to break the habits that are leading to trouble in school and in the streets.
Having launched the Safe Space in January 2018 following over 12 months work with young people, we aim to expand and sustain this project while expanding its reach and capacity mainly among BME and/or new and emerging communities. Thus we will reach and support more people to develop a positive relationship with Nottinghamshire Police; divert them from crime and anti-social behaviour, especially knife crime and gang violence; promote community cohesion and strengthen sense of belonging within communities; empowering them to achieve their ambitions; and Protecting People from Harm by preventing hate crime, raising public awareness and supporting them to help identify, tackle and reduce hidden harm by understanding these issues, their impact, ways to report them and trusting the police and authorities thereby accepting to report and engage with the police. The Safe Space is mainly used young black men of African, Afro Caribbean and Asian background and links to their communities, especially the new and emerging groups.
Working with partners, we will undertake active mobilisation and engagement of young people through this Safe Space. The Safe Space offers a physical space where young people meet and discuss issues while learning skills and getting direct support from our partner organisations and local statutory bodies. In trusting the police, we will continue inviting the police to our physical and online space thereby getting similar results to what we have had where members of our team have shifted from utter hatred and disdain of the police and authority to current warmer though suspicious relations. The Safe Space will also help sharing of ideas, views and actions supported by continuous engagement to develop workable approaches to tackle knife crime and the identification, tackling and reduction of hidden harm.