Connecting people, ideas, and support from the crowd to make Leicester an even better place!
A few friends got together to form The Friends Hub to tackle the drugs problem in the St Stephens Rd area of Highfields, Leicester. This is an area we all grew up in and not much has changed in the last 20 years in terms of crime, with no places to go for young people. We would like to set up boxing sessions and table tennis sessions, providing a place for young people to meet and socialise. As an ex-boxer, I know the focus and discipline the sport brings in an individuals life and this discipline and respect ca be carried into the rest of their lives. Highfields is a very diverse community with high population turnover. This makes community cohesion a constant work in progress and projects such as ours give residents the chance to make relationships with those they wouldn't necessarily meet. By providing these classes we will help transform the lives of young people, giving them positive role models and preventing them moving into crime. Maybe a future boxing star will be born!
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Why it's a great idea:
There is no place in the St Stephens Rd area of Highfields for the youth to go to. The Highfields community is the 25th most deprived local authority area out of 324 in the UK. The Highfields Area plan states that unemployment in Highfields is twice the national average. While the overall crime rate has been reducing in Highfields (especially prostitution) drug-related crime is still a problem. This problem persists and our project will directly tackle it by offering local young people positive alternatives. The sessions will be open to all youth male and female. We have had the support of our local MP John Ashworth on our project. The whole community would benefit regardless of creed, colour, religion and gender. If services like these are not provided then a gangster culture which will prevail, as other drug dealer groomers are hunting to their dirty work.
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About the space
Leicester City Council