After last year’s successful pilot, Hyde partners Hornstars and the Jason Roberts Foundation (JRF) will continue to deliver this innovative project that engages young people in positive activities when they need them the most: between 6-10pm most evenings over the summer holidays.
Hyde Successful Places Programme Manager Sarah Willis commented: “The Night-time University is great, as it creates opportunities for young people to gain skills, knowledge and accreditation. It also creates space for them to make new friends and participate in teamwork activities that increase community cohesion in local areas.
“More than a third of this year’s participants were Hyde residents, and it is wonderful that these sessions continue to be so popular. At a time where traditional youth services are closed, the Night-time University offers a safe place for Brent’s young people to meet and have fun, while developing their skills and future prospects.
“One of the biggest impacts of last year’s programme was a reduction in anti-social behaviour incidents during the summer holidays, as a more positive alternative was available.”
Feedback from the young residents who attended the sessions last year was very positive. Comments included: “I love coming in the evenings because we don’t have anything else to do,” and “I learnt a lot and I enjoyed meeting new people.”
This important work does not end at the end of the summer. JRF will continue to deliver youth programmes from the Bridgestone Arena during term time and holidays. For more information visit the JRF website. Hornstars will deliver Youth Nights and the CALM project from the Hub.
Keep an eye on updates from the Night-time University this summer.