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National awards shortlisting for Sandwell Police project

A Sandwell police programme created to help youngsters in the borough has been shortlisted for national awards recognition.

The Teamworx initiative was set up three years ago in Smethwick and sees representatives from the police, fire, youth services and local schools come together to devise ways to help vulnerable young people in the area.

Teamworx members in action this summer

The volunteers now regularly go out with groups of youths on outdoor activity programmes designed to boost self-confidence, teamwork skills and steer them away from anti-social behaviour and crime.

Teamworx was recently shortlisted in the Children & Young People Now awards.

L - R: Dave Ward West Midlands Fire, PC Jon Hewett, Tariq Karim Sandwell Youth Service, Dawn Maleki Sandwell Youth Service, PC Jo Darby, Kate Griffiths Sandwell COG

They missed out on top spot in the Working in Partnership category at the London awards ceremony on 21 November but the scheme was praised and plans are afoot to develop and expand the initiative to help improve the life prospects of more children. 

To date, the days out which are funded through local business and public donations have benefited more than 300 children in Sandwell.

PC Jon Hewett from the Smethwick neighbourhood team attended the gala event on behalf of Sandwell police and said: “This programme sees holistic and nurturing development and support offered to often troubled young people in the area.

“The multi-agency approach is so special as it is partners coming together with the same aim of helping young people in the community. I am very proud of everyone involved in this and we’re all honoured to have been nominated.”