The National Lottery funded Fight for Peace project uses boxing and martial arts, combined with education, employability support and personal development to realise the potential of young people in areas affected by crime, gangs and violence.
National Lottery funding enabled the project to cover staff costs, including an Education Assistant, who was involved in delivering the Pathways Education to Employment Programme, which aims to provide young people with few/no qualifications, NEETs and young offenders with nationally recognised qualifications and to progress them into education, training or employment. Lottery funding also covered the post of Support Services Coordinator, who provides mentoring support to Pathways participants to help them to address any issues which may result in them disengaging with the programme, as well as providing mentoring support to the wider Fight for Peace membership.
Over 90% of the young people on the project have stopped getting into trouble on the streets and 86% of members have reported that they’ve found it easier to make friends since joining the project. Nearly all of the members have also stated that they feel fitter due to attending the project’s sports programmes and most feel differently about their health. Lottery funding has had a huge impact on Fight for Peace's capacity to deliver a wide range of benefits to its members and the wider community. A huge amount has been achieved including literacy and numeracy qualifications, progression into employment and training and reduced levels of crime in the area. The project has enabled the young people to receive the support they need relating to a range of issues, including homelessness, self-harming, unemployment, depression and disengagement from education.
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