Deputy PFCC listens to young people about value of 1Up youth project
Young people in Basildon spoke of the value of a youth project during a visit by the Deputy Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner.
Jane Gardner, Deputy Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, last week visited the 1Up project in Southernhay Youth Centre, Basildon.
1Up project is a multi-disciplinary group which strives to help young people reach their potential through education and social inclusion.
Jane Gardner, Deputy PFCC, said: “To visit 1Up and to listen to these young people was an honour and an inspiration.
“The high regard in which they hold the 1Up project was very evident and the project completely supports our priorities to reduce violence, protect vulnerable people and further invest in crime prevention.”
The project has been set up in Basildon with support from the Active Essex Foundation.
Young people who may be vulnerable to knife crime and youth violence can feel supported and safe in the environment created by 1Up.
The group undertakes physical training with young people, music workshops and also provides mentoring to help young people find a roadmap to unlocking potential in their future lives.
Group members demonstrated the skills 1Up has supported them to acquire and spent a long time speaking to the Deputy PFFC about the value of the project and the positive impact it has had upon their lives.