Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Young offenders serve up a treat for older people in Otley

Picture caption: One young person serves up tea and cakes for older people from Otley Action.

The north west Leeds youth offending team organised an afternoon tea party with a difference, for a group of older residents in Otley.

A group of six young people who are involved with the council’s youth offending team volunteered to prepare a slap up meal for a group from the Otley Action for Older People. The young people spent time planning and preparing for the event as well as hosting the tea party for the older people who have memory problems and / or physical disabilities.

Over 30 senior citizens enjoyed homemade soup, cakes and drinks prepared and served by young people under the supervision of the YOS.

Entertainment took the form of a sing-a-long – everything from Vera Lynn to Oasis, where the vocalist was accompanied by a young person on the guitar. The older residents also enjoyed a bingo session with the caller being one of the young people.

The event was an example of the reparation work regularly undertaken by the young people supervised by Leeds youth offending service. Following sentencing at court we expect the majority of young people to carry out some reparation as part of their court order.

Stephen Maw from Leeds City Council’s West North West Youth Offending Team said:“It’s a really positive way for young people to give something back to the communities where they have offended. It was great to see them getting so involved with both the preparation for the event and then the actual day itself. All the feedback we received from the elderly people was extremely positive and the group are keen to have us back at the earliest opportunity.”

Councillor Judith Blake, executive member for children’s services said: “This is a really heart-warming situation, where youngsters who have found themselves in trouble, have taken a really positive step by putting in a lot of effort and giving up their spare time for the benefit of others. Proving that with the right help they can start to turn their lives around.

“These young people set a great example to other youngsters, showing such fantastic initiative and great community spirit.”

Catherine Greenwood, Inclusion Worker Otley Action for Older People, said:“Otley Action was very pleased to work in collaboration with the Youth Offending Service for the Summer Tea Party. The event was a huge success. The young people thoroughly embraced their roles working with the older people, making it not only special but a memorable event for them.”

One service user from Otley Action said that she had 'an excellent time and she was so pleased that the young people came and sat with her.' She also said that the 'soup and cakes were fantastic'. One older volunteer was very impressed with the event and felt that they young people presented themselves very well.

More information about the Youth Offending Service can be found at: http://www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/pages/leeds-youth-offending-service.aspx

For media enquiries, please contact:
Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council press office, on (0113) 2474713
Email: emma.whittell@leeds.gov.uk

Young people flock to become advisors for the city

Over 300 children and young people volunteered to become young advisors for future events and projects to help Leeds become a child friendly city.

Leeds City Council’s children’s services organised an event to recruit young people aged 8 to 19 years old (or up to 25 with additional needs) to be on the child friendly Leeds young advisors group.

The event, the first of its kind, attracted over 300 children and young people to find out how they could get involved further, and what opportunities were open to them.

The children and young people visited 15 different marketplace stalls from a variety of projects and services including:
• Leeds Children’s Mayor
• Leeds Youth Council and Youth Parliament
• NHS Clinical Commissioning Group
• Leeds Youth Services
• Artforms
• West Yorkshire Playhouse
• Leeds DJ School
• Breeze
• Leeds Museums and Galleries
• Scrap Creative

A group of 15 young volunteers helped to run the event, signing people in and out and encouraging other children and young people to sign up for activities

Richard Crawshaw, Member of Youth Parliament for Leeds, said:
“The event proved to be a great opportunity for children and young people to see and sign up to a whole range of activities on offer in Leeds. It also provided a unique opportunity for those providing stalls to reach out to children and young people who they may not usually work with, as well as allowing them to network with other local groups and organisations. On our Youth Parliament stall alone we had over 30 young people sign up! Overall, it proved to be a great day and looked to have been enjoyed by all who attended!”

Councillor Judith Blake, executive board member responsible for children’s services said:
“This event was an amazing success. For over 300 children and young people to come along to find out how they can help us make Leeds a child friendly city, proves what an enthusiastic and ambitious group of young people we have here in Leeds.”

Children and young people who are interested in finding out more about becoming a Child Friendly Leeds young advisor can email childfriendlyleeds@leeds.gov.uk for further details.

For media enquiries, please contact:
Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council press office, on (0113) 2474713
Email: emma.whittell@leeds.gov.uk

Enterprising pupils set up stall at special Asian marketplace event

A group of Leeds pupils will be selling their own produce at a one-off marketplace event on Wednesday.

As part of a project run by Leeds City Council’s equalities and entitlements team, called ‘The Marketplace’, pupils from 11 Leeds schools will be setting up stall at Leeds Kirkgate Market to sell products they have created themselves.

Media opportunity:
When: Wednesday 3 July at 10am to 11.30am
Where: Kirkgate Market (outdoor stalls) Leeds
Members of the media are invited to attend the marketplace event where pupils will be selling their own products. Board members from the Yorkshire Asian Business Association and the Lord Mayor of Leeds will also be in attendance. Filming, photography and interview opportunities will be available.

The aim of The Marketplace project is to raise attainment of Pakistani and Bangladeshi heritage pupils in Leeds Primary schools.

Councillor Judith Blake, executive member responsible for children’s services said:
“This project is a fantastic opportunity for pupils to learn about becoming future entrepreneurs by developing their own business ideas and putting it in to practice, whilst learning about their own heritage at the same time.

“It is fantastic that the Yorkshire Asian Business Association are able to attend the marketplace event to give their support and inspiration to the pupils. The young people will surely learn a lot from these positive role models and help them become future successful business leaders themselves.”

Using Leeds Kirkgate Market as a source of inspiration, the teachers in 11 schools in Leeds (Bankside, Bracken Edge, Brudenell, Carr Manor, Harehills, Hillcrest, Hovingham, Iveson, Park view Academy, Moor Allerton Hall and Rosebank) planned an exciting topic where pupils researched the history of the ancient Silk Route, which saw the beginnings of global trade across the world. This inspired them to explore and develop their own enterprise venture in each school.

Pupils were invited to research and make a product for sale at a school-based enterprise event which was attended by parents and members of the wider community. Local business people were invited to judge the best team overall.

To celebrate the success of this innovative curriculum topic and to provide the pupils with the opportunity to show their achievements to a wider audience, a group of pupils from each school will be selling their products at an enterprise event at Kirkgate outdoor market. The pupils will also have the opportunity show their products and demonstrate what they have learnt to board members from Yorkshire Asian Business Association(YABA) and the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Tom Murray, who will also be attending the Marketplace event.

As part of the project curriculum enrichment opportunities were provided by Leeds City Council’s Museums and Galleries, as well as Artemis, Khadijah Ibrahim, renowned Leeds author and a trip to Kirkgate market where over 700 pupils had lots of opportunities to develop real mathematical skills.

The topic was a resounding success leading to improved attainment for the majority of pupils as well as increased attendance and greater engagement of families and the wider community in school life and pupil’s learning.

For media enquiries, please contact:
Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council press office, on (0113) 2474713
Email: emma.whittell@leeds.gov.uk

New Community Trigger launched to give residents powers to tackle anti-social behaviour

Residents in Leeds will be able to activate a community trigger if no action has been taken to resolve reports of anti-social behaviour, when a new pilot is launched in the city this week.

Under the Community Trigger scheme, residents from the 4 July who have reported anti-social behaviour and feel that no action has been taken can report it using the Community Trigger Scheme.

A Community Trigger can be undertaken when:

• A resident has reported three separate incidents relating to the same problem in the past six months to the Council, Police or their landlord, and no action has been taken.

• The resident has reported one incident or crime motivated by hate in the last six months and no action has been taken.

• At least five people have made reports about the same problem in the past six months to the Council, Police or landlord and no action has been taken.

If the trigger is met, a nominated officer will assess each request and contact the resident to outline what action will be taken. Options will include a full panel review by the key agencies involved, which may include the police, council or registered social landlords. Residents can also ask for the chief officer of community safety to undertake a review if they are unhappy with the outcome from the trigger.

Councillor Peter Gruen, chair of Safer Leeds said:

“We are absolutely committed at Safer Leeds to working closely with residents to clamp down on anti-social behaviour in communities right across the city, so if no action has been taken we certainly want to know about it.

“A key strand of how best this can be tackled is through the strong partnership working that we undertake at Safer Leeds.

“I therefore welcome the chance for residents to be able to use the Community Trigger Scheme through this pilot to raise persistent cases with us where no action has been taken, so they can be thoroughly addressed and a way forward found, by working with key agencies through a review."

Crime Prevention Minister Jeremy Browne said:

"Anti-social behaviour causes enormous harm to victims and communities. The Government is making sure victims get a better response in towns and cities across the UK including Leeds.

"The Community Trigger is intended to be a safety net for the public if police and local authorities do not take action, not the first response when a problem occurs. It is one of a range of new measures which will make it easier and quicker for agencies to protect victims and communities from the blight of anti-social behaviour.”

Notes for Editors:

The Community Trigger Scheme is a Home Office initiative, as part of a new provision included in the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill.

The initiative will begin in the city on July 4th 2013. Trials of the scheme have already been undertaken last year in Manchester, Brighton, West Lindsey and Boston (Lincolnshire).

Residents will not be suitable for a Community Trigger when:

•They have reported anti-social behaviour and received a service but the problems are on-going will be advised to contact the agency they are working with to tell them what is happening.

• If someone has reported Anti-social behaviour and received a service but they’re unhappy with the service received or action taken, the will be advised to submit a complaint under the agency’s complaints procedure.

A hate crime is an incident or crime against someone which is motivated by their race, religion, disability, sexual orientation or transgender identity.

If a resident or group of residents wish to see if a Community Trigger Review can be undertaken into their particular case, they can do so in the following way;

By phone: 0113 247 5533

E-mail: Community.Trigger@leeds.gov.uk

By letter: Community Trigger

Community Safety, 3rd Floor, 2a Great George St, Leeds LS2 8BA

For media enquiries, please contact;

Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk