In addition to their regular programmes, Dropzone received TIF to deliver a detached physical activity project across the most deprived localities in the borough.
NEED: The reduction in doorstep services for young people has seen a rise in anti-social behaviour in and around the town centre.
This project was co-delivered by Drop Zone & Barrow AFC providing sport which supported young people's confidence, physical and emotional well-being and enabled them to develop strategies for successful transitions into adulthood.
Cath Corkill, Dropzone Manager;
‘The funding enabled us to start our face to face delivery again which has been brilliant.
We have been able to work with existing young people and new young people within their own environments.
Young people have been able to be involved in the activities they want to do take part in and were able to help plan regular activity sessions over the summer and over the future weeks and months. Relationships have been built and young people are enjoying accessing support regularly. We were also able to deliver alongside our partners which is beneficial for future funding applications.
We have spoken to a range of different young people and engaged them in activity.
We were able to hit our two targeted audience, CYP and lower social economic groups.
We were able to combine activities with healthy eating education and also rewards for participation.
Our primary focus is to keep children and young people safe and we were able to continue doing this by having robust policies and procedures in place and all required risk assessments which covered guidelines and procedures for Covid-19.
Physical activity increased and children and young people, by taking part, improved their emotional well-being. We worked closely with partners which included the local football coaches and Barrow Ladies RLFC. These partnerships were highly successful and there are plans to continue joint delivery.
We were also able to link some activity into our post 16 transition work which offered opportunities to young people making the transition into post 16 provision. It also gave us an opportunity to rebuild some relationships, both old and new.’