PCC gives support to Waterworks Safe Haven Youth Club
Commissioner Bob Jones has given a grant of funding for £650
from his Community Initiatives Fund to Waterworks Safe Haven Youth
Club to support and pay for an urban artists workshop by renowned
Birmingham graffiti artist Dave Brown (www.graffitiartist.com).
The work shop is aimed at encouraging the young people of
the Waterworks Estate to continue to demonstrate a sense of
ownership and pride in their community by choosing not to create
This in turn promotes a sustainable neighbourhood without crime
and antisocial behaviour and very importantly, without the fear of
This project brings young people in contact with their local
neighbourhood policing team in an environment without barriers and
increases trust and confidence in the police service.
Police and Crime Commissioner Bob Jones said: "I am very
keen to support this project, which strengthens the bond between
local Police and the young people especially with some hard to
reach groups and families who would not normally engage.
"The urban artist's workshop is an impactive experience, which
demonstrates the effects of illegal graffiti as some young people
do not see it as criminal damage. They get to find out about
the consequences of being caught and the subsequent experience of
the criminal justice system."
The club's current attendance is about 40 regular young people
between the ages of 7 to 15 years. One club night each month
is themed around the club's ethos and guest speakers are invited to
participate in activities and contribute with inputs. Other than
the police, guests have included West Midlands Fire Service,
Crimestoppers, The Crescent Youth Theatre, African drummers and
DJ's/music workshops that do not promote violence and gang
Chair of Birmingham South West Residents Association Chris Hoare
said: "The effects of graffiti in a community is that can it
increase people's fear of crime and it is also known as a signal
crime, which means it can then lead to more serious
offending. People feel safer and more confident when they
live in a graffiti free area
"The artists engage with the young people and are committed to
showing the positive side of graffiti art, explaining, simply, why
illegal graffiti is not a good route to choose in life. The
Waterworks Estate does not suffer from graffiti which I believe is
a positive testament to a similar workshop held several years ago.
Clearly, the young people who attended have demonstrated respect
for their surroundings and environment. This latest project will be
impactive on newer and younger club members."
More information about the Police and Crime Commissioner's Community Initiatives Fund
is available on the website.