The Neighbourhood Activity Programme (NAP) manages a variety of programming that aims to engage young people in sport and other activities to divert them from becoming involved in anti-social behaviour and crime. Through this initiative the NAP has formed a successful partnership with Solihull Moors Football Club and Sponsor Hardyman to jointly deliver social inclusion sessions to combat ASB/Crime and provide positive activity to engage young people. Working with Solihull Moors allows our programme to remain flexible and support the Safer Solihull Partnership to respond and target ASB and crime issues in hotspot locations throughout Solihull Borough quickly and effectively.
The partnership has developed over the last 2 years and provided a number of success stories. Delivery began with the NAP funding a football social inclusion session in Smith’s Wood, delivered by Solihull Moors. The success of this session acted as leverage for Solihull Moors to secure funding to deliver additional provision in Chelmsley Wood, including weekly programming and holiday schemes. This added value and additional provision is invaluable to the success of the Neighbourhood Activity Programme as it expands delivery that would potentially not be able to be funded by the programme. Through developing this key strategic partnership both Solihull Moors and the NAP can access additional expertise and resources and most importantly increase the offer to the community.
The partnership developed further when a new hotspot location and area of concern was identified at Tudor Grange Leisure Centre Astro Turf facility. This referral was highlighted through Priority Setting by Solihull Police and Tudor Grange Leisure Centre to the NAP for intervention following asb and unauthorised use of the astro-turf facility by up to 50 young people. One of the main concerns around the use and policing of the site was that if the young people were dispersed from the facility they could migrate to the town centre. Since this provision has been in place Solihull Police have noted a significant decrease in asb related issues in the area which is a clear measure of the success of this partnership.