It’s Your Turf – BFCitC launch new inclusion programme

It’s Your Turf – BFCitC launch new inclusion programme

Burnley FC in the Community (BFCitC), with funding from the Premier League (PL) and BBC Children in Need, is now delivering It’s Your Turf – breaking the cycle of youth violence programme.

Originally delivered by four Premier League Community programmes from 2016, Burnley FC in the Community are one of a further six clubs who have successfully applied to deliver a targeted programme in their community.

The programme, which aims to challenge the normalisation of violent behaviour amongst some young people, will be led by BFCitC’s Youth Crime Reduction Manager Michael Colquhoun.

Michael is a qualified Probation Officer who joined BFCitC from a Youth Offending Team. He has a wealth of experience having worked with young people from all backgrounds and communities across the country for several years; including areas such as South London, Merseyside and Greater Manchester.

This social inclusion programme offers a package of mentoring and one-to-one (1:1) support which incorporates offending behaviour sessions. It also includes specific work identified by both the referrer and the young person, with a holistic approach to tackling violence displayed by young people.

In partnership with local agencies such as Burnley Council and Lancashire Police, interventions are designed to bring an improvement in protective factors and a decrease in risk factors for individual young people engaged in the programme.

Each young person receives a dedicated mentor for up to 12 months support and potentially beyond should it be required.

Themes covered by the sessions include Weapons Awareness, Problem Solving Skills, Anger Management, Resilience, Racism and Stereotyping and E-Safety. Practitioners and agencies are welcome to discuss plans and help devise objectives for each individual young person.

The initiative is free of charge to all referring agencies and participants. The programme aims to address youth violence and offending and build on protective factors and strengths that the young person may already have.

As a non-statutory partner, we offer a unique programme to engage young people and divert them away from offending.

For more information on the It’s Your Turf programme contact Youth Crime Reduction Manager, Michael Colquhoun on 01282 704 716 or email m.colquhoun@burnleyfc.com