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COMMUNITY: Sky Blues in the Community shows support for ASB Awareness Week 2023

4 July 2023

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COMMUNITY: Sky Blues in the Community shows support for ASB Awareness Week 2023

4 July 2023

Sky Blues in the Community has joined a national campaign to tackle anti-social behaviour (ASB) and keep people in Coventry safe.

Running from July 3 to 9, ASB Awareness Week 2023 aims to encourage communities to take a stand against ASB and highlight the actions that can be taken by those experiencing it. 

Organised by Resolve, the UK’s leading ASB and community safety organisation, the week features a series of events all across the UK involving Councils, Police Forces, Housing Associations, charities, community groups and sports clubs.

Sky Blues in the Community based in Coventry City is continuing to deliver the Premier League Kicks Programme & Step Together Programme with the aim to reduce ASB behaviour in the local communities to mark the return of ASB Awareness Week for 2023.

Recent YouGov research commissioned by Resolve found that almost 1 in 5 people have had to consider moving home because of the impact ASB was having on them; 1 in 10 have actually moved. Despite this, over half of those surveyed who were either a victim or witness of ASB did not report the ASB.

Sky Blues in the Community is urging members of the public not to suffer in silence if they experience ASB. Incidents can be reported to the anti-social behaviour team at the local Council, or to the Police if people feel that they are at immediate risk or in danger.

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Premier League Kicks:

Premier League Kicks is the flagship programme of the Premier League. It provides opportunities for all young people in the local communities by engaging them in constructive activities, including a wide variety of sports, coaching, music and educational and personal development sessions free of charge. Communities up and down the country have been transformed with impressive football and sports participation rates and the authorities reporting significant reductions in anti-social behaviour in the areas in which it is delivered.

Step Together:

Step Together is a Home Office funded national pilot programme with local implementation led by the VRU. It seeks to connect Education, Police and Community Partners in a collaborative project designed to increase safety and reduce violent crime towards young people along designated school routes at the start and end of the school day. This programme aim is to create frequent points of safety for young people in areas where we see an increased level of antisocial and violent activity at the end of the school day. We aim to continue to build relationships in the local area with students, members of the public and local businesses, we do this by positively engaging with each party and getting them to understand and be ethical towards one another through voicing their thoughts. We continue to work face to face as we have worked within the targeted area for many years and have continued to build public relations across the community and being well respected.

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Alex Jane, Inclusion Co-Ordinator, commented:

“ASB can have devastating and long-lasting effects for those that are victims, we at Sky Blues in the Community are continuing to support the ASB Awareness Week to provide people with valuable information on the subject and challenge ASB. We want all people to feel safe in the communities they live in.”

Rebecca Bryant OBE, Chief Executive of Resolve added:

“ASB is not low-level. It can have a devastating and long-lasting impact on the lives of victims and communities and can be a precursor to more serious crime.

“It is important that the challenge of ASB continues to be given the priority it needs so that people everywhere feel safe in their homes and communities.  

“We are delighted that Sky Blues in the Community is supporting this hugely important campaign. It is vital to develop partnership approaches across communities to deal with the growing challenges around ASB.”

For more information about ASB Awareness Week – visit www.resolveuk.org.uk


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