Bristol Rovers Community Trust have partnered up with Avon and Somerset Constabulary’s to launch the Bright Outlook programme, which works with young people aged 10 to 16 from across the city.
The programme is designed to help young people who may be at risk of committing crime and restricting the opportunities currently open to them purely on the back of being in with the wrong crowd.
Around 15 young people a month take part in the project’s half-day session, which sees them experience time in a custody cell and hear direct from a former gang member about the life he led. Afterwards, they spend time focusing on their future and are supported to create a five-year plan, concentrating on the skills and traits required to achieve their long-term goals.
Young people who’ve taken part in the session are encouraged to keep in touch with the officers and staff involved through fun activities. Bristol Rovers Community Trust will become a key part of the crucial follow-on work, offering mentoring opportunities while improving the young people’s confidence and self-esteem.
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