Scheme steered youngsters away from crime

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A PROJECT which helps teenagers in Grantham avoid a life of crime has been awarded a gold rating from national experts.

Lincolnshire Positive Futures has been providing youngsters in Grantham the chance to avoid being drawn into crime and drug misuse by learning new skills, getting active, improving their CV and even finding employment.

Activities including football, basketball, athletics and dance, as well as voluntary jobs and work experience, have helped teenagers turn their backs on crime.

The scheme, which was set up 18 months ago, is doing so well, independent research organisation Substance has heaped praise upon it.

Sandy Kavanagh, community safety officer for South Kesteven District Council, said: “The proactive and energetic approach in engaging with young people by those who run the Positive Futures programme has led to a clear decline in the number of incidents of anti social behaviour in the Grantham area.”

Over 2,000 teens across the county have been involved, with many gaining qualifications.