YOUNG PEOPLE FRIENDLY NEIGHBOURHOODS (ypfn)

LAST UPDATED 12 December 2006

Groundwork Derby and Derbyshire are taking part in a national Groundwork initiative called Young People Friendly Neighbourhoods. The programme is a 3 year project funded through Big Lottery and the aim is to give young people increased representation in the development of their communities.

The process involves forming youth action groups that will carry out audits on specific areas of their community. The information collected will form an action plan that the young people can present to relevant authorities. The intention is to engage young people in the development of their neighbourhoods and, by working with local partner agencies, create an infrastructure that will give young people the opportunity to have their views listened to and taken seriously.

  
Here young people show that, like everyone, they think graffiti is an unnecessary eyesore

Currently, pupils from Bennerly school in Cotmanhay have formed themselves into a group called the ‘Missing Gems’ and are in the process of auditing the area around there school.


Closed down buildings like this one make the area look uncared for


Litter makes the place look a mess

The issues the Missing Gems have identified as main priorities are:

Prioritising issues identified in YPFN audit
Priority
Problem
Reason
Our solution
Who can help
Action
1 Community Centre Needs to have a use.
Not safe to be around.
Gangs hang out there.
Rebuilt.
Managed by teens.
Sports hall
Members only
Art activities
Councils
Activity leaders
Landowners
Users
Youth service
police
L
2 Vandalism Stops new thing being built.
Makes the place untidy & unsafe.
CCTV
More policing
Bill vandals and make them fix things
Council
Police
M
3 Graffiti Makes things look tacky Graffiti wall (monitored)
Fines and made to clean it up
Artists
Council
Police
M
4 Road Safety Causes deaths and accidents.
Need to stop boy racers
Lollipop Lady
Better crossing points

Council

Police

M
5 Fire and fireworks Damage to property.
Scares pets.
Leaves the place untidy.
Can’t buy fireworks until 23yrs old. Fines and made to clean it up Firemen M
6 Dog Mess Unsafe.
Makes a mess when you stand in it.
Bigger fines.
Hand out free poo bags to dog owners.

Dog owners

Council

S
7 Litter Makes the place look a mess. More recycling points. Groups could collect rubbish for money Council Road-sweepers S
8 Gangs Makes you want to stay away from places More community policing by officer who Know the teens in the area.
Curfew + warnings

Police

Youth Service

L

 

For more information about this project please:
e-mail Kevin Widdowson or call him on 0115-949-0235.

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