This month's project spotlight is shining on a new StreetGames initiative, recently set up in Peterlee, County Durham. 

Representing a partnership between Groundwork North East, Durham Police, Peterlee Town Council and Horden Youth and Community Centre, the new initiative is working with StreetGames to develop an engaging programme of activity for its local young people.

Developed with funding from County Durham Housing group, and the town's local ASDA (who provide the use of their car park on Tuesday evenings), this latest project represents not only a positive approach to youth crime issues in the area, but a fantastic example of positive collaboration between sectors. 

PCSO Michelle Burr, who played a key role in setting up the project, believes that these sporting sessions have had a marked effect on local ASB and youth crime rates. Commenting on the project's first session, held earlier this month, Burr told The Northern Echo "The weather may have been poor, but it didn’t stop young people coming out in force. […] They were impeccably behaved and exuded positivity in a community where they very often face criticism. They were a shining example to Peterlee."

For more on the project, click here. For more on Groundwork North East, visit their website, at the link below.

Image Credit: The Northern Echo

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