Monmouthshire youth service, who work with young people of nine years and up through a variety of methods and in ways that best suit the needs of the young people, have teamed up with Thornwell Community Group and have come up with an exciting new venture for young people in the Thornwell and Bulwark area of Chepstow.
After both groups had noticed a surge in anti-social behaviour in the area, with drug paraphernalia found around the site and young people reporting that they had nothing meaningful to engage their time in they began to work together and came up with the idea of a Friday night youth provision.
The youth group will take the shape of a safe place for young people, where they could socialise with peers, and build relationships with professionals, including: youth services, sports teams, police, housing and health. It is also somewhere they can engage in structured physical activities on a weekly basis. There will also be much more on offer but the dedicated sports coaches wish to consult with the young residents in the area first so that they can have ownership of the provision and what they want in it.
This is where Pitch for Your Project came in as although they had dedicated, passionate staff and volunteers and a suitable venue in Thornwell Pavilion, they lacked funds for equipment. So as a result of a successful pitch they have been awarded monies for indoor equipment and flood lights for the pitch outside so that even in the darker nights young people can be engaged in physical activities on the field. This model is already set up in different areas across the borough and has been a great success.