Teenagers showcase police project artworks

By Dave Doyle | 21/02/2018

Teenagers showcase police project artworks
One teenager admires the artworks.

TEENAGERS taking part in a police arts project showcased their work at an exhibition.

Nearly 40 youths from Eastwod attended MyPlace on St Ann’s Road on Monday to show their Valentine’s Day-themed pieces to friends and family.

The project, which is about keeping safe, was run jointly by police, fire service, NHS, YMCA, Barnardo's, Rotherham Borough Council and Clifton Learning Partnership staff.

It aimed to promote long-lasting and positive relationships between emergency services and Eastwood residents.

The art show followed Valentine’s Day workshops at the Lifewise Centre in Hellaby, where youngsters learned about personal safety, anti-social behaviour and knife crime.

YMCA youth worker Nicola Harding said: “The overall aim has been to increase engagement and change perceptions in a community where there are challenges around trust.

“We hope to increase community cohesion, break down stereotypes and make people feel more confident about reporting crime and using support services available to them.”

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