Crime prevention initiative for southside youth workers

first_imgEmail Advertisement WhatsApp Twitter Facebook YOUTH workers on Limerick’s southside were first in Ireland engage in a new crime prevention initiative which aims to educate young people about the dangers of gangs and weapon crime.Youth workers from Southill Area Centre, Roxboro Garda Youth Diversion, Southill School Completion Programme and Limerick Youth Service, were trained in the programme. Jennifer O’Brien, Southill Area Centre, brought the UK-based Streetwise programme to Limerick.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up It was developed in Leeds to combat gang crime.Jennifer said that although gang culture in the UK was different to here, much was applicable and will be rolled out in the Southill area.She said: “We invited all youth workers in Southill and the surrounding areas to participate. We wanted to challenge young people’s perception of what a gang is”.The programme uses an alternative approach to educating 10 to 21-year-olds about drugs, weapons and gangs by using powerful messages from former gang members.She added: “It highlights the negative impact of getting involved in gang crime and promotes positive alternatives”.Education packages provided include, ‘Bite the Bullet’, a weapons awareness programme, ‘Dealers’, a drugs education programme and ‘Doin Time,’ which deals with the consequences of going to prison.She stressed It was important that youth workers are educated about drugs and weapons, as it helps them to recognise the culture.Streetwise gets youth workers to explore the reasons why people join gangs.Jennifer explained: “Teenagers can often be oblivious to being a part of a gang as it is seen as normal for them, and they are just hanging around with their friends”.Those trained will now use art, music and role-playing to promote positive alternatives to gangs and crime.The programme also made the community workers aware of the different recruitment methods used.It uses a youth friendly design and connects to teenagers using modern language and references to hip hop.Some of the weapons used are highlighted, including swords, knuckle dusters and pool balls in socks.center_img Previous articleLimerick’s Niall Colgan appointed to national hairdressing ‘Style Council’Next articleShop, cook and eat smart admin Linkedin Print NewsLocal NewsCrime prevention initiative for southside youth workersBy admin – April 9, 2010 518 last_img read more

Indian sports coaches meet Consul General in Birmingham

first_imgLondon, Aug 27 (PTI) A delegation of Indian sports coaches made a visit to the University of Birmingham to learn how latest research and training techniques can help boost athletes performance. The delegation, which had Commonwealth Games gold medallist Ronak Pandit (shooting), Asian Games silver medallist Jugraj Singh (hockey) and SAI Deputy Director Vineet Kumar (archery) among others, was joined by Consul General of India Aman Puri at the University. Puri joined the group in a tour of the Universitys new 55 million Sport & Fitness Club, which opened recently. The coaches visit follows a delegation in May which followed a strength and conditioning programme. The Consul General found out the details about the Universitys ongoing partnership with the Sports Authority of India (SAI). He learned more about the Universitys work in helping to improve the sporting performance of Indias athletes, meeting Martin Toms from the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences, and Alex Taylor from University Birmingham Sport. Martin Toms, Senior Lecturer in Sports Coaching, said: “It is an honour to welcome Dr. Puri onto campus and introduce him to the coaches and sports scientists from the Sports Authority of India on their latest visit. “The University of Birminghams deepening relationship with SAI and the joint opportunities we are exploring for further collaboration are exciting. It is marvellous to have Dr Puri spending time with this group during their sports science and coaching training programme,” he said. Head of Performance & Coaching Alex Taylor said: “Our Performance Centre was established 10 years ago and the quality and expertise of staff and facilities is really second to none — allowing the University to provide specialist support to elite athletes, from nutrition to psychology to strength and conditioning. “We aim to help develop and nurture talent at the University and its this level of dedication to supporting athletes that makes our offering world-class. It is great to spend time with the Indian delegation to explore how we can work with them on future collaborative opportunities.” The SAI delegation continues the partnership established following last years formal agreement. The Indian government has highlighted the importance of sport and is looking to invest in boosting India sporting performance through SAI. Birminghams collaboration with SAI began in 2012 through the work of staff in its School of Sport, Exercise & Rehabilitation Sciences in 2012 and discussions held by Toms with the Ministry of Sports and SAI about how the University could help the countrys athletes boost their performance. Consul General Puri said: “I am delighted to meet Dr. Martin Toms and the visiting Indian delegation of highly- admired coaches and sports scientists from SAI. The Universitys Sport & Fitness Club is truly outstanding. “I congratulate both the University of Birmingham and SAI on developing this strong institutional linkage to share the latest research and techniques in sports science. Such partnerships play a significant role in providing access to latest know-how and techniques for Indian sportspeople.” PTI HSR PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more