The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner is funding summer activities for young people moving from primary to secondary school.      

David Jamieson is investing hundreds of thousands of pounds to provide young people from across the West Midlands, with engaging activities over the summer period.

Barr’s Hill School, in partnership with the Positive Youth Foundation, is providing young people aged 10-12 a chance to take part in week long programme.

The ‘Movin’ on Up’ project aims to ease the transition from primary school to secondary school for young people who have significant needs and vulnerabilities.

The project provides the opportunity to engage in positive activities such as football, basketball and baseball and attracts around 50 young people per day.   

As well as providing sports the project also gives young people the opportunity to take part in a two-day camping trip, which includes arts and crafts, Zumba classes and scavenger hunts.

The programme gives the young people a safe space to play and the chance to engage in activities which they may not be able to otherwise access.

At the end of the week, the young people re-cap the week’s activities through a drama performance.

This is part of a wider scheme to equip young people with the skills that they need to support them throughout their life and ultimately reduce crime and violence.

Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Ashley Bertie said: “The PCC is investing over half a million pounds to provide diversionary activities for young people in the West Midlands.

“The ‘Movin’ On Up’ programme is an excellent example of a project which is helping engage young people in positive diversionary activities and giving them the opportunity to learn new life skills.

“The project is providing great opportunities for young people to make new friends and prepare themselves for the transition into secondary school.”

Mr Orchard from Barrs Hill School added: ‘Movin’ on up’ at Barr’s Hill is a free fun-filled week in the summer holidays to ease the transition for our new year 7 students and their families.

“By attending the week of activities, the young people have the opportunity to learn, develop, make new friends and challenge themselves.”

Cormac Whelan from the Positive Youth Foundation said: “We have brought together a partnership of schools, sports clubs and youth work organisations across Coventry to provide over 2000 young people with sports activities.

“This has been key to raising aspirations of young people, supporting them to make more positive choices.”

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