Record attendances and a reduction in anti-social behaviour are the headlines from this year’s Space, a programme of events for young people. Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis re-launched the scheme to reduce the level of anti-social behaviour reported to Staffordshire Police over the summer holidays and increase and improve the skills, health and general well-being of young people by creating positive and engaging opportunities.
After an exhaustive competitive tender exercise, Netinspire was awarded the 2-year contract to build the new user-friendly activities website, manage the event data and carry out digital marketing with emphasis on social media.
Netinspire Managing Director, Chris Peers, said “We were delighted to be awarded such a prestigious contract especially when it helps to deliver real benefits to our community. The project was an intensive exercise and a testament to the professionalism of the team here at Netinspire and the staff at the OPCC. Discussions are already underway to make the scheme for 2018 even more successful.”
Jon Connolly, Commissioning Programme Lead (Space), said “Space has been really successful this year, we’re up to over 17,000 attendances this year, an increase of over 5,000 compared with last year. Youth Anti Social Behaviour is significantly down as are deliberate fires – I have no doubt that this has been achieved with Netinspire’s help.”
Final analysis shows this year’s programme coincided with 677 fewer police-recorded incidents of youth-related anti-social behaviour, compared to the previous year, with a reduction of 38% across Staffordshire and Stoke-On-Trent – 1,091 incidents in 2017.
Speaking about the summer of events, Matthew Ellis said: ‘This year’s programme is officially the most successful ever. In fact, the results are so impressive that I want to look into expanding the Space programme even further. ‘