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Video: Summer Roadshows bring opportunities for local youngsters

August 1, 2020
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Youngsters affected by youth service cuts are being given the chance to engage in summer fun activities and raise their aspirations.

Nottinghamshire Police has organised a series of events in communities across the city and county aimed at preventing a rise in youth crime and violence and giving young people a positive outlet

Children from the Arboretum and Bilborough areas were among the first to enjoy the force’s summer roadshows – with activities ranging from shooting hoops at basketball and high-kicking martial arts action to learning lifesaving water safety skills with the police and fire service.

Youth outreach worker Romel Davis organised the sessions. He was brought up on the city’s council estates, so he can relate to these kids from similar background. It's his mission to give kids across Nottinghamshire more opportunities.

He said: "I can remember growing up as a young lad on the council estates and we had a play scheme where literally Monday to Friday you were out there doing something, you had activities all day. You had football, boxing, food. You had so much to do, but today kids don't have that.

"With all the cuts within youth services it has, to me, had a direct impact for young people because they don't have anything to do, that lack of aspiration and lack of opportunities, that's why we've seen such a rise in youth crime and violence.

"We need to give kids positive outlets, give them positive things to do and it will make a huge difference for the community and themselves."

The force will be taking the show on the road to Ollerton, St Ann's, Arnold, The Meadows, Retford, Chiwell, Rufford and the city centre in August, so please keep an eye on the website to register your place. 

Romel added: "By putting on these sessions we hope to raise the kids aspirations, especially in these areas where maybe they don't get the same opportunities as other children around the county, because of the stigma of living on a council estate.

"We hope by engaging with them, by them enjoying these sessions with the emergency services it will open doors for them. We need to give them opportunities that they might not have had and in turn it will allow the force to build better relationships with our local communities. 

"The force have arranged it all and there is that subconscious positive message that it's the police that have put it all together and that obviously sends a deeper message.

"It's been a really positive week and I'd like to thank all the kids for coming along and getting involved and taking part.

"We've had some really exciting organisation come and demonstrate what they do. We know how impactive these events are to youngsters. 

"It's massively importantly that we can do more days like these. It can make such a difference to the younger generation throughout Nottinghamshire."

If you need further information or have any questions please email: positiveengagement@Nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk

Find out more about future sessions here.

Please note: All social distancing and government guidelines will be followed throughout the sessions. 

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