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Positive Futures is a sport based social inclusion programme that has been delivered in Newport for the past 14 years. The programme uses sport as a tool to engage young people, predominantly aged 10-19 yrs, within our communities in local community facilities, and through a referral process from a range of partnership agencies. The programme is funded predominantly by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) for Gwent along with partners such as Youth Offending Service, Sport Wales, and local authority contributing services such as preventions, social services, and education.

Diversionary Provision

Friday Night Projects are delivered throughout the city between 5-9pm to ensure young people can take part in positive activities. Current Friday Night sessions are delivered in areas identified via the One Newport Community Safety partners as needing youth provision as hotspot times.     

Divert

Divert is a specific project funded by the Police Crime Commissioners Office (originally from the Home Office) to provide support and early interventions for young people at risk of involvement in Serious Organised Crime. Young people are referred to Barnardo’s key workers via 4 identified High Schools (Llanwern, Lliswerry, St Julians, John Frost) for 1:1 support. Young people are then offered the opportunity to take part in diversionary sports sessions working closely with a mentor to enable them to build the self-confidence to take part in positive activities and hopefully go on to attend provision on their own. Newport live facilities such as the Gym, are used to engage young people  

Primary school Early Intervention Youth Project

A primary school intervention project has been established for Year 6 pupils who are identified by the school as needing support and signposting to diversionary activity. Alway primary and Tredegar Park primary have taken part in the programme with pupils enjoying educational workshops and sports activities.

Regional Delivery

The Positive Futures programme that has been delivered in Newport since 2002 is now developed across the region so there are projects throughout the Gwent region. Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Torfaen and Monmouthshire all have projects that support young people living in areas of deprivation and those referred in to receive additional support. Projects work in partnership with the Police to provide sport-based delivery for young people who have been identified as needing diversion or in areas that have high ASB/Crime rates.  

Positive Futures is a sport based social inclusion programme that has been delivered in Newport for the past 14 years. The programme uses sport as a tool to engage young people, predominantly aged 10- 19 yrs, within our communities in local community facilities, and through a referral process from a range of partnership agencies. The programme is funded predominantly by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) for Gwent along with partners such as Youth Offending Service, Sport Wales, and local authority contributing services such as preventions, social services, and education.

 The programme works with young people supporting them to engage in positive active alternatives and to gain outcomes and qualifications.

The programme uses a triangular model of delivery where young people can choose to engage in their local communities in their free time, enjoying taking part in sport without any barriers to participation. They can also be identified as part of a group or on a 1:1 support basis to offer mentoring and guidance and the opportunity to gain qualifications and accreditations. Please click here to read a recent case study around the work we have done in Newport to steer children and young adults away from crime and anti-social behaviour.