Our Derbyshire Committee received funding from the Police and Crime Commissioner, Alan Charles, to introduce Fearless to the county. Fearless is a website and education programme for young people to access non-judgemental information and advice about crime and criminality. It also provides a safe place to give information about crime – 100% anonymously.
The funding has been used to set up a community-based theatre group called Stepladder who will go into local schools, youth venues and community events to promote Fearless. So far, these performances have been delivered to young people at the County Youth Council Chesterfield, Police Experience (showcase event), Youth Skills Festival at the Derby Roundhouse, Derby Feste and St Martins school for young people with special needs as well as various other schools around Derbyshire.
It is thanks to these performances and other activities that 87 per cent of visits to the Fearless website during September were from new visitors. Over the last six months there has been a 26 per cent increase in views to the website compared to the same period last year.
Fearless Ambassador Training
A range of people who work with young people also benefitted from Fearless Ambassador Training. This training is particularly relevant to:
- Youth Workers
- Youth Offending Teams
- Volunteers and Voluntary Organisations working with young people
- Safer Neighbourhood Teams, and
- Arts and Sports workers working with young people.
Training was also delivered to adults interested in supporting young people to live in a safer environment. Participants developed a better understanding of the key Fearless messages as well as how Fearless will benefit their work with young people, how to talk to young people about crime, and the strategy for establishing Fearless in Derby and Derbyshire.
The future of Fearless in Derbyshire
The work of the Derbyshire Committee will continue into early 2015 and funding is being sought to continue delivering the project as the increasing popularity of Fearless has continued with numerous schools around Derbyshire requesting performances from Stepladder.