Positive Futures making a difference
Young people across Gwent have been spending time outdoors skateboarding, fishing and taking part in other sports as part of a Police and Crime Commissioner funded project.
The sessions are run by Newport Live Positive Futures which organises positive activities for children who are at risk from becoming involved in crime and antisocial behaviour.
They aim to help young people channel their energy into healthy activities while having fun with their friends.
Lilly joined in with a skateboarding session in Senghenydd in Caerphilly. She said: “I am really enjoying learning how to skateboard. If I wasn’t here I would just be hanging about with nothing to do. I have made new friends and it has helped me to build my confidence.”
Police and Crime Commissioner Jeff Cuthbert said: “It is fantastic to see these sessions being delivered again after so long. We mustn’t underestimate the affect lockdown has had on our children and young people and these sessions are helping them to reconnect with friends, stay healthy, try new experiences and build new skills.
“By offering children and young people, particularly those who may be at a real risk of becoming involved in crime, the chance to take part in positive activities at an early age we are reinforcing positive behaviours and helping to set the ground work that will allow them to have a happy and healthy future.”