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Be Inspired Ipswich is set to change the lives of young offenders in Ipswich

Be Inspired Ipswich is set to change the lives of young offenders in Ipswich

Posted: Fri, 25 Nov 2016 09:00

Be Inspired Ipswich is set to change the lives of young offenders in Ipswich

In an attempt to help disadvantaged 18-24 year olds in Ipswich, Suffolk Sport has launched a new programme to help raise aspirations and employment prospects within the sports and leisure sector.

Be Inspired Ipswich, an internship programme, launched and run by County Sports Partnership, Suffolk Sport will change the lives of young adults who have offended or are at risk of offending in Ipswich.

The Be Inspired Ipswich programme is supported by Suffolk's Police and Crime Commissioner who has provided £8,724 from his Safer Suffolk Fund, which is administered by Suffolk Community Foundation.

With nearly 400 18-24 year olds (2.8% above the national average) claiming out of work benefits, this internship has been designed to enable unemployed young adults from some of the most deprived wards in Ipswich the opportunity to enhance their life skills, education and employment prospects.

The Ipswich programme will provide roles for Development Assistants and the opportunity to gain invaluable insight and experience in the sport and physical activity sector via work placements with Ipswich Borough Council, with longer-term aspirations of gaining paid employment.

Suffolk Constabulary and Suffolk Positive Futures are committed partners working alongside Suffolk Sport to help ensure that the Development Assistants are offered suitable skills development, including National Governing Body qualifications to support the delivery of their interventions, such as Door Step Clubs and Jumpers for Goalposts.

Along with continued professional development courses, the programme also pays travel expenses and provides a Suffolk Sport uniform. The Development Assistants will also benefit from support throughout the placement from experienced Suffolk Sport Development Officers and members of Suffolk Police.

Ben Jackson, Suffolk Sport said "Be Inspired Ipswich will enable Suffolk Sport to work directly within Ipswich's communities, helping to reduce and support those at risk of offending. Through opportunities for individuals to gain the skills and experience required to work in the sports sector, we hope to help reduce youth unemployment and help people on a career pathway in the sports industry. Suffolk Sport is delighted to be working with Ipswich Borough Council, Suffolk Constabulary and Suffolk Positive Futures to help deliver change to young people living in deprived areas of Ipswich."

Tim Passmore, Suffolk's Police and Crime Commissioner said, "I am delighted to be able to use my Safer Suffolk Fund to help raise aspirations and employment prospects for young people in Ipswich.

"I am a great believer in the power of sport and I am absolutely sure that encouraging young people to get into the world of work through sport will pay dividends. Any help we can give our young people to divert them away from crime and into employment has massive long-term benefits for the individuals themselves and for the wider community."

Darren Oxbrow, Community Safety Sergeant for Suffolk Police, said "We are delighted to be able to work in partnership with Suffolk Sport on Be Inspired Ipswich. This is a great opportunity for disadvantage young adults to enhance their employment opportunities in a supportive environment that focusses on long term positive behaviour change."

Recruitment for the new roles will start in January 2017, with positions commencing in March 2017.

For further information, please contact Ben Jackson at Suffolk Sport, ben.jackson@suffolksport.com

Tags: Be Inspired, Be Inspired Ipswich