March 2015 Bulletin
Vera Baird QC, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner awarded Forward Assist funding to facilitate two ‘Veteran Led’ diversionary activity days for disengaged young people in the North East. Forward Assist linked up with youth work staff from Youth Focus North East who then recruited ten young people from Blakelaw Youth and Community Centre and orga-nized a day’s adventure activity in rural Northumberland to reduce the risk of anti social behavior and associated offending. Staff and Veterans accessing the support of Forward Assist orga-nized an adrenaline fueled activity day at Go-Ape’s Tree Top Adventure Park in the grounds of Matfen Hall. It was a great way to improve the mental and physical wellbeing of all involved, with former armed forces personnel ‘giving up’ their free time to mentor and support the activities. Similarly a group of nine 16 & 17 year olds from Sunderland’s Foundation of Light ‘Back On Track’ Employability Programme had the chance to develop their teamwork and leadership skills at an ‘Adventure Day’ facilitated by the Outdoor Education Staff at Calvert Trust in Kielder Forrest Northumberland.