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£12M CASH SPLASH TO TURN YOUNGSTERS AWAY FROM CRIME

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Tessa Jowell announces major funding for Splash summer schemes for ...
Tessa Jowell announces major funding for Splash summer schemes for

youngsters from deprived estates.

An innovative project offering artistic and sporting activities to

teenagers most at risk of committing crime has been given a cash

boost of up to£12m, culture secretary Tessa Jowell announced

today.

The Summer Splash scheme, run by the Youth Justice Board, will

receive the cash from the National Lottery's New Opportunities Fund.

It will enable it to expand almost five-fold this year, from 65

projects for 13 to17 year olds to 300. A further 300 will be set up

on the same estates for 9 to 12 year olds. This will increase more

than seven-fold the numbers able to take part in summer activities in

the street crime areas, from 6,500 to around 48,000.

All the projects, called Splash Extra, will be based on high crime

estates in England as part of the government's strategy for tackling

street crime. They will give youngsters constructive activities to

keep them out of trouble over the holidays. Activities might include

team sports, including football, abseiling, tennis, video making,

drama, music workshops, photography, art classes, journalism, web

design and DJ classes.

Tessa Jowell said:

'The Splash scheme works. On the estates that ran Splash schemes

during summer 2000, there was a 36 per cent reduction in domestic

burglary and an 18 per cent reduction in 'youth crime' in the area.

This compares with a reduction of just six per cent and eight per

cent respectively in similar high crime areas. These schemes don't

cost the Earth either. Each activity costs an average of just #2.87

an hour for each young person. That is amazing value for money when

you consider the social and emotional cost of crime.

'Engaging youngsters in sport or the arts can give them the tools

they need to make a success of their lives and keep them away from

crime. The arts and sport can encourage young people to make choices,

decisions and personal statements, to have enthusiasm, to take risks

and take responsibility.'

Football will play an important part in the Splash schemes. Premier

League chief executive Richard Scudamore said:

'Building on excellent programmes and, of course, the Football

Foundation's commitment to Positive Futures, the Premier League are

now locked into discussions with the Youth Justice Board about how

football clubs can help those young people most at risk of offending.

Already plans are in place to devise a wide range of summer

activities for youngsters through linking up the Summer Splash and

Positive Futures initiatives with football based community

activities.'

Notes

1. Splash has been running since summer 2000.

2. The New Opportunities Fund distributes National Lottery money to

health, education and environment projects across the UK with a

particular focus on disadvantage and improving quality of life. To

date the New Opportunities Fund has committed over£1.3bn in

National Lottery funding to health, education and environment schemes

across the UK. The fund supports sustainable projects that will:

- Improve the quality of life of people throughout the UK

- Address the needs of those who are most disadvantaged in society

- Encourage community participation

- Complement relevant local and national strategies and programmes.

Funding for programmes is divided between England, Scotland, Northern

Ireland and Wales on the basis of population weighted to reflect

levels of deprivation.

3. In August 2001 the NOF launched its£38.75m Activities for

Young People programme in England. Today's announcement complements

this. Northern Ireland's£2.25m pound scheme was launched in

April 2002. The scheme in Wales is due to launch later this year.

This programme has allocated grants to a variety of summer activity

partnerships across England with the aim of opening up opportunities

to school leavers with no firm plans for education or work. Partners

in each of the 47 Connexions areas in England have been awarded

funding for summer activities over the next three years. The funding

will support a range of summer activities including outdoor

adventure, arts, media, vocational training and volunteering; as well

as providing careers guidance and help with CV writing and interview

skills. Projects will involve a combination of local-based daytime

activity and residential courses.

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