This is the ‘virtual hub’ of a joint project between Groundwork UK, The Children’s Society and Fixers [The Public Service Broadcasting Trust] funded under the Home Office ‘Choices’ programme, and aimed at young people between 10-19 who are at risk of alcohol and drug misuse, and the crime that is often associated.
Choices is a £4m programme for 2011/12 aimed at the voluntary and community sector (VCS) to support their involvement in preventing and reducing substance misuse and related offending by vulnerable groups of young people aged 10 to 19 years. The programme builds on proven approaches, but with an emphasis on developing more innovative and new ways of working, to deliver more effective solutions for local communities through the involvement of local organisations. The programme, and learning generated from it, will add to the evidence available to Police and Crime Commissioners to demonstrate the benefits of locally developed and innovative approaches in working to reduce substance misuse and related offending by young people.
In addition to our Choices Project there are 10 more VCS organisations involved in the programme. Overall the programme will work with nearly 200 local VCS organisations and engage more than 10,000 young people.