This is the first impact report of the Positive Futures programme, following the publication of the national strategy, Cul-de-sacs and gateways, in 2003.
Positive Futures, a sports based social inclusion programme, is primarily about reconnecting marginalised young people with local services and opportunities, and ensuring that the multiple issues associated with problematic substance misuse continue to be addressed.
Thousands of young people living in some of our most deprived neighbourhoods have taken part in local projects. Half of these young people have been referred onto the programme from a partner agency, such as a Youth Inclusion Programme, the police or a Pupil Referral Unit. We are committed to finding out which approaches are most successful. The emerging evidence in this report is that Positive Futures is making a big difference to their lives.
There is now a broad range of activities being delivered, including traditional team sports and individual leisure activities, drug awareness sessions, education and training courses, volunteering opportunities, work experience and routes into casual, part- and full-time employment.
Editor's comments - [ Patrick Butler of The Guardian, comments;
“Positive Futures was set up by the Home Office in 2000 as a sports-based social inclusion programme, using football and other activities as a way of reaching out to "socially marginalised" youths.
Through the programme's 108 local partnership projects - football is the most widespread activity - it hoped to influence drug use, physical health and offending behaviour.
The impact report suggests that, while it is early days, there is evidence that sport - delivered in the right way - is a catalyst for positive change.
The Positive Futures projects have in some cases helped youngsters gain self-esteem and confidence; they have helped to improve relationships with their families and attendance at school. There is evidence, says the report, that involvement can reduce aggression and develop team work.
There is also evidence that Positive Futures has helped cut substance misuse and anti-social behaviour.
The report makes it clear that the involvement of "glamour" partners such as Chelsea FC can be a positive one in attracting and maintaining youngsters' involvement in the projects. ] Reference this?Cryer, J. (Year). This page title in italics. Retrieved date, from <this page's full URL>
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Reference : Positive Futures Team. (2004). Positive futures impact report: Engaging with young people. London: Home Office Drugs Strategy Directorate
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