Scheme launched to help ‘at risk of crime’ Doncaster youngsters to fulfil their potential

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A unique new scheme has been launched in Doncaster aimed at steering thousands of young people away from a life of crime and helping them to fulfil their potential.

Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust is working with Encouraging Potential Inspiring Change, which is part of Doncaster Children’s Services Trust, to support young people aged between 10 and 17 who may be at risk of social isolation and falling into nuisance behaviour.

The dynamic crime prevention programme aims to develop their confidence, raise aspirations and give them the chance to get involved in sport and fitness activities that they may not usually have the opportunity to do. As part of the initiative, the leisure trust is offering unique cards to EPIC case workers which will give the young people they work with access to swimming across all DCLT sites and bowling at Adwick Leisure Complex.

Marcus Isman-Egal, programme manager EPIC, said: “This is a fantastic collaboration with DCLT as our programme focuses on engaging and supporting young people into a range of positive activities. EPIC aims to prevent young people from offending and diverts young people from coming into the criminal justice system by assessing and delivering interventions much earlier than would otherwise be the case.”

Jon Whiteley, deputy chief executive of DCLT, said: “We are delighted to be working with EPIC which is a really innovative programme that is doing so much for the young people of our town. It is pleasing for DCLT to be able to play a part in this and offer those involved young people who need extra help and support the chance to come swimming or bowling which they may not otherwise have been able to do so easily. We hope the children and their case workers enjoy using our facilities.”