Since early 2000 Alison has worked tirelessly to provide opportunities for young people and families in the local neighbourhoods she is most passionat…
Since early 2000 Alison has worked tirelessly to provide opportunities for young people and families in the local neighbourhoods she is most passionate about. These communities are in Yardley and Hodge Hill – areas which experience some of the highest levels of deprivation in the whole of the country.
It was speaking to a group of local young people who saw a life of crime as the only option that gave Alison the impetus to change their perceptions and aspirations before it was too late.
Starting from humble beginnings running a football project in the Glebe Farm area of East Birmingham, Alison went on to secure funding through the Birmingham Children’s Fund and StreetGames in 2006 to set-up her own Community Interest Company, ‘FITCAP’ (Fitness in the Community, Active Play). The CIC exists to provide activities to encourage healthy lifestyles, get children and young people off the streets and offer training and volunteering opportunities.
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What does a Community Navigator do?
Community Navigators are the VRU’s ‘people on the ground’. It is their job to work with communities, partners and stakeholders to reduce violence. We have seven navigators in total, one in each local authority area. They help co-ordinate the violence reduction effort in local neighbourhoods. They also help introduce new interventions, designed to prevent and reduce violence.
Part of their role is to help communities access support and address issues that are causing violence. They encourage people to adopt tried and test methods which are proven to reduce violence. They empower communities to become involved in the work of the VRU and develop relationships that lead to joint decision making. The navigators also play a vital role in supporting local voluntary sector organisations with funding and developing opportunities.
Across the West Midlands the VRU has trialled a number of violence prevention initiatives in specific places. The aim is to test what works. These schemes are running in small areas, with populations of around 20,000 people and it is the navigators who are going to be managing these projects on a day to day basis.
What is the Solihull Navigator focusing on?
For more information about the place-based activity and the data and evidence that support the decisions around where the VRU is working, have a look at the Chelmsley Wood “Story Map
In Solihull we are currently developing a new pilot project designed to reduce violence. The trial will test innovative approaches to violence prevention and reduction. As in the other areas, it is hoped that this test will produce evidence that supports investment in new and effective approaches to reducing violence.