Perry Common Contemplation
Posted on 15th September
 

...READ ON FOR THE LAST IN OUR 'LOOKING BACK' SERIES...

In the period between April and June we made 1196 total points of contact with children and young people through our Perry Common provision. This included 168 registered contacts. 19 volunteers gave 382 hours of their time to support the project.

This last quarter contained both the Easter Holidays and the May half term so we were able to take advantage of the extra time afforded to deliver some great activities for children and young people in Perry Common. These included a hike in the Malverns with BOOM! – our lads group – and an afternoon tea visit to a boutique hotel for our girls group. In different ways participants were exposed to an unusual activity in an unfamiliar environment and this encouraged the development of self-worth, self-discipline and reslilence. The girls particularly felt an immediate lack of belonging that gave way to genuine enjoyment and their conduct was remarked upon positively by guests and staff at the hotel.

Here are some other highlights of this last quarter:

  • Reacquainting ourselves with some of the older young people on the estate through our Monday Night Football sessions
  • Supporting young people in developing ideas that will make a difference to their own community
  • Our Easter Kids Club week

As we approach summer we have observed the usual trend of a rise in Anti Social Behaviour and in residents’ sensitivity to groups of young people congregating in public space. As ever we want to be attentive where Anti Social Behaviour is genuinely taking place whilst also helping to dispel unwarranted fears in the community.

Like many organisations we face funding challenges and are looking to increase our efficiency and effectiveness in order to make best use of the resources we have and position ourselves to be ready for other opportunities as they arise.

Looking Forward
As we enter the summer we aim to address the following challenges:

  • Completing the next phase of redevelopment at the Underground
  • Increasing our presence on the streets during school holidays
  • Launching our #Favour4aNeighbour campaign at ‘Spring into Summer’
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