Young people BEAT summer boredom

BEAT participants from the Rathenraw Scheme pictured before heading off on their treat activity to Todd�"s Leap. The young people worked up points all summer for participation, respect and good behaviour which resulted in them earning the trip.

BEAT participants from the Rathenraw Scheme pictured before heading off on their treat activity to Todd�"s Leap. The young people worked up points all summer for participation, respect and good behaviour which resulted in them earning the trip.

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Young people from across the borough enjoyed another great summer of the BEAT programme.

Organised by Antrim and Newtownabbey PCSP, they took part in activities such as martial arts, urban sports, drumming, rugby, GAA, hockey, golf, cricket, arts and crafts.

The programme also included educational sessions covering healthy lifestyles, drug and alcohol awareness raising, mental health, an introduction to other cultures, disability sports, the youth justice agency, e-safety and healthy relationships.

The young people also had the opportunity to get to know some of the local neighbourhood police officers.

Andrew Irwin, Manager of Antrim and Newtownabbey PCSP, said: “The summer BEAT programme is a great way for young people to socialise in a safe environment, get involved in positive activities and learn more about important issues.

“We hope that all the young people who got involved this year enjoyed their time with us and will have benefitted from the programme.

“They also now have more knowledge of local clubs and activities they can get involve in during their spare time.”

The BEAT programme ran through August at Rathenraw Community Centre, Antrim Baptist Church, Crumlin Leisure Centre, The Old Congregation Presbyterian Church, Millgreen Youth Centre, and New Mossley Presbyterian Church.

The BEAT summer youth intervention programme is a partnership approach to delivery developed between Antrim and Newtownabbey Policing and Community Safety Partnership, Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council Good Relations Section and the Education Authority.

The scheme brings together a range of different agencies, organisations and local communities to develop an extended programme of activity across the Borough. F

unding for the scheme has been received from Department of Justice Priority Youth Intervention funding, Northern Region of the Education Authority’s Summer Youth Intervention funding and Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council’s Good Relations Programme. Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council’s Good Relations Programme is part funded by the Community Relations Unit OFMDFM