OUR Community Hub facility has came under huge praise this week, following an article that was published on the Staffordshire Police website. The below piece is an article that was published, explaining the importance of the facility and what it does for the local community.
“A community facility in the heart of Burton is proving ever more popular with people from all walks of life.
“The Burton Albion Community Hub, based at Grange Community Centre in Shobnall, is run by the Burton Albion Community Trust – a team of people dedicated to promoting positive relationships among diverse local communities.
“Through a partnership with Staffordshire County Council the charity took over the running of the old youth centre in April 2015 and works closely with Staffordshire Police and partner agencies to interact with, and strengthen, communities.
“Young and old from all backgrounds are using the centre’s facilities every day of the week, and with over 50 hours of activities available there is something for everyone.
“Amongst the programmes on offer at the centre are sports groups; parents and toddlers; adult and youth disability groups; over 50s; alternative education; an employability programme and much more.
“And equally important is the Trust’s outreach work – dubbed Albion 2 Engage – where staff work directly in Burton neighbourhoods to involve youngsters in positive activities.
“A weekly youth club, run in Queen Street, Anglesey, is regularly attracting over 100 children and a female-only youth club is also proving popular.
“Trust staff are providing 250 sessions a week in schools across East Staffordshire, providing youngsters with quick and easy access to advice and support on anything from issues at home to drugs and alcohol misuse.
“In addition to its regular activities the Trust has the flexibility to offer sessions as and when required, to help meet the needs of a community.
“For example if local police officers identify a potential anti-social behaviour hot spot, Trust staff can approach those involved and offer positive, diversionary tactics.
“Matt Hancock, Community Manager at the Trust, said being at the heart of the community was proving invaluable.
“We are engaging with lots of different people and as a result are finding that they are much more positive, and understanding, of each other’s cultures and religions.
“At the beginning we had to do a lot of work with our own staff to understand our communities, and that work is really paying off.
“If we come across a language barrier we find the power of sport, especially football, brings people together. So something as simple as a football match can bring people closer.
“In addition to our ongoing engagement work we are also pushing forward with providing education to improve young people’s aspirations. For example by offering young people from ethnic minorities the chance to become involved in football coaching, they can see the positive difference they can make to society.
“Our ultimate aim is to continue to try and make a difference to young people, their families, and ultimately their lives.
“Chief Inspector Steve Maskrey, local policing commander, said: “I am full of praise for the work that is done by the Trust and they are one of our key partners here in Burton and surrounding areas.
“Together we can positively respond to the needs of the community and make sure that the right resources are where they are needed.
“Young people are often lacking role models, and the Trust helps to provide that in a positive way.
“This is partnership working at its best and plays a part in preventing crime.
“Overall Burton has a really positive, diverse and interlinked community and this partnership is a great example of that.”
To find the article, go to https://staffspolice.com/2016/04/28/community-hub-brings-burton-people-together/