Burnley FC in the Community and Newcastle United Foundation’s Breaking the Cycle of Youth Violence programmes have come together to start the unique Pen Pals Project.
The project will see participants of both programmes ‘buddy up’ and work together towards a social action project in their respective communities. The collaboration will involve regular contact between participants through writing, video communications and face-to-face meetings.
The Pen Pals Project will be aimed at young people who will learn about other communities as well as their own and seeks to build positive peer relationships with the opportunity for participants to visit each other’s communities.
Michael Colquhoun, BFCitC’s Youth Crime Reduction Manager, said: “It’s great to work with another Premier League club’s charity in Newcastle United, together we want our participants to learn about each other’s communities and meet new people in order to broaden their horizons and raise their aspirations.
“The opportunity to work on a social action project will also give the participants a sense of pride in their communities knowing that they have made a difference.”
Jacqueline Critchley, Project Coordinator at NU Foundation, said: “With similar working models of the Breaking the Cycle of Youth Violence programme, this is the perfect opportunity for Burnley FC in the Community and Newcastle United Foundation to form a partnership and create unique opportunities for the young people on their respective programmes.
“Through this work we will focus on preventing social isolation, while also enabling them to give back to their local communities through social action. The young people will also complete sessions focusing on community, peer influence and building positive relationships.”