In August 2016, the Youth Involvement Team successfully completed another Evolution Programme. The Evolution programme aims to support young people in Wythenshawe change their behaviour by providing them with the knowledge and support to move away from being involved in Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) and criminality. Through Targeted Support, the team secured funding from the Police and Crime Commissioners Fund to run the programme.
Evolution is an intensive intervention programme designed to motivate young people by challenging their attitudes around anti-social behaviour and crime, raising awareness and showing an alternative view of life. The programme is designed to deter them from a life of crime and desisting involvement in ASB.
Young people who took part and successfully completed the programme have gone onto to form a, Young Adults group at Norbrook Youth Club, and have become advisors to other youths involved in ASB. Young people work very closely with staff and support is one to one, assisting people onto pathways of independence.
Three candidates expressed an interest in an apprenticeship at Wythenshawe Community Housing Group, and Jude Cronshaw was offered the position as an Apprentice Electrician.
Jude said “The Evolution programme has given me the confidence and knowledge to turn my life around”. After being involved in low level ASB he recognised he has an opportunity to have a career and is totally committed to shaping his future.
The Youth Justice Service fed back that Jude has made great progress and has become a real success story and demonstrates the changes that can be made with the right support from the various partners involved.