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Office Details:

Brighter Futures South West

Unit 1, Bridge Court, Kingsmill Road, Saltash, Cornwall PL12 6LS


Mob: 07779 349557

Plymouth 2020 Partnership


Community Intervention Program

Changing behaviour to prevent crime
Pilot Project - Funded by the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund

The Community Intervention Program was a joint venture between Tamar View Community Complex and Brighter Futures. The program was funded by the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund until March 2008.

Community Intervention Program � Program Development and Service Delivery

The Community Intervention Program was developed by Brighter Futures principal Danny Biscombe, due to the increasing demand from services and agencies in the city, for somewhere that they could refer young people who were experiencing difficulties in managing their feelings and emotions, often leading to aggressive, angry, violent and offending behaviour. It was found that no such service existed within the city, in the statutory and public framework for this age group and Brighter Futures developed this pilot program and delivered the program to meet this need and compliment the work of, and work in partnership with, existing agencies and services working with young people in the city. The Neighbourhood Renewal Fund (NRF) was funding allocated from central government to tackle issues in the most deprived neighbourhoods in the country. In Plymouth, the NRF areas were Barne Barton, Stonehouse and North Prospect. Therefore, young people living in or perpetrating in these neighbourhoods could access this service, free of charge, until March 2008.

Those who do not meet the NRF Criteria for a free service

It may have been possible for young people between the ages of 14 and 25 years old, to obtain funding to attend counselling, through the Prince�s Trust. 

Aims of the program

The Community Intervention Program was an outreach service and  took referrals of young people who were experiencing difficulties in managing their feelings and emotions, which often lead to aggression, anger and violence. The referrals were taken from existing service providers.

  • The Community Intervention Program provided one to one counselling, relating to aggression, anger and violence issues for young people aged between 8 and 21 years old, who lived in the NRF areas of Barne Barton, North Prospect and Stonehouse. The program had capacity for 50 NRF places for young people.
  • The Community Intervention Program offered workshops for parents/carers of young people on the program which enabled and empowered them to have a greater understanding of anger and how anger impacts on their own lives. The workshops also offered practical tools and skills to enable and empower parents/carers to support young people through the transitional period of change.
  • The Community Intervention Program provided workshops for professionals/support workers to empower and equip them to support people with issues relating to aggression, anger and violence.
  • The Community Intervention Program completed some therapeutic group work with young people, on behalf of agencies, organisations and schools.
  • The Community Intervention Program Outreach Counsellor attended child concern and/or multi-agency meetings where possible.
  • The Community Intervention Program provided brief formative information and short summative reports where requested, within the information exchange protocols.

Objectives of the program

  • To reduce crime through the modification of destructive, abusive and violent behaviour.
  • To reduce crime, particularly youth related crime, violence and anti-social behaviour.
  • To reduce truancy and enable young people that are excluded from main stream education, to return to school.
  • To work with existing service providers and take a collaborative approach to reducing youth related crime, violence and anti-social behaviour.
  • Increase Community Safety and reduce the fear of crime.
  • Contribute towards the aims and objectives of the Respect Agenda.
  • To work within and promote the 'Every Child Matters' framework
  • To increase the �wellbeing� of young people and their families.
  • To increase social inclusion and contribute towards sustainable communities.

The Community Intervention Program worked in partnership with existing services and agencies, using a collaborative and holistic approach to empower and enable young people to address the route causes of emotional turmoil which can often be the catalyst that fuels, drives and motivates aggression, anger and violence and is often manifested in abusive, destructive, violent and offending behaviour. This program offered the opportunity for young people to take responsibility for, and modify their behaviour as well as effectively manage their feelings and emotions, leading to an increase in the young person�s �wellbeing� and contributing to a more positive and optimistic future. Our program helped to reduce youth related crime  and anti-social behaviour through working with young offenders as well as those young people that are risk of offending.

Referring Agencies

Referrals to the program for NRF places were through the following agencies and services:

  • Plymouth City Council � Anti-Social Behaviour Unit
  • Social Services
  • Devon & Cornwall Police 
  • Youth Inclusion and Support Program
  • Youth Inclusion Program
  • Schools Improvement Program
  • Harbour Young People's Service
  • Connexions 
  • Primary Schools in the areas � Through the Excellence Cluster
  • Community Colleges and Secondary Schools in the NRF areas
  • Youth Inclusion Programme (Youth Justice Board)
  • Youth Offending Team (Youth Justice Board)
  • Young Runaways Team
  • Drug and Alcohol Action Team
  • Local Doctors Surgeries
  • Prevent and Deter Group
  • Plymouth Parent to Parent and Plymouth Parenting Partnership
  • Plymouth City Council Psychology Team
  • Plymouth Behaviour Support Service
  • Parent support worker project
  • Behaviour support worker project

If you would like any further information about the program, please feel free to contact us.



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