/ Young people urge peers to be safe

Young people from Droylsden are spreading the word about personal safety and the theft of phones with the launch of three short films.

Members of PRIME youth club in Droylsden together with Youth Services and Greater Manchester Police have teamed up to keep young people safe following an increase in young people having their valuables stolen. 

Youth club members have developed three short films – 22 Seconds, Child’s Play and Stick Together (links below).

As part of the project, members of the youth club have also received personal safety training and have visited crime hotspots to suggest improvements that could be made to make them feel safer.

Judith Hackney, Tameside’s Crime Reduction Specialist from Greater Manchester Police said: “Becoming a victim of any crime is a horrendous experience and unfortunately some of the young people from PRIME youth club have been targeted themselves, so understand how long the trauma stays with them.

“The advice we are offering to potential victims is to consider personal safety. Plan your route before you go out, be aware of your surroundings, stick with friends and keep valuables and mobiles out of sight.

“I’m extremely grateful to PRIME and youth worker and film maker, Mark Turton's help in assisting to get these important messages out. I am sure that people will find the films thought provoking, just as much as the young people gained knowledge and confidence by making them.”

Susie North, Chair of PRIME Youth Club in Droylsden said “I am grateful to be given the opportunity to involve our young people in something as important as reducing crime.

“It has been quite painful for some of our young people who have been victims themselves, but we have continued to support them and helped them through the healing process. It has been a double headed sword also in terms of making them aware that they can make a difference in their own community by completing surveys and making suggestions to make hotspots safer.

“The film making has engaged so many of our young people of all ages, abilities and different schools, who would not normally come together and not forgetting the people who have worked hard behind the scenes.

“The highlight of this project has been the partnership working with GMP, Voluntary Sector, Youth Services, TMBC and young people. We are hoping to develop this project further…watch this space.”

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