Teamworx scheme – aimed at keeping South Birmingham children out of trouble – celebrates its second birthday
Written by Tristan Harris on April 9, 2019
A SCHEME aimed at steering children across South Birmingham away from crime and anti-social behaviour has gone from strength-to-strength and has now celebrated its second birthday.
The Teamworx programme is run by West Midlands Police and West Midlands Fire Service for children aged between seven and 11.
It works with youngsters who have behavioural problems, school attendance issues, tough upbringings or low self esteem.
A range of activities are offered to help the children develop their social and teamwork skills.
It started with four schools in Weoley Castle but has now been extended to 12 primary Schools in Northfield.
Children attending the 12-week course are taught how to stay safe, how to be a responsible citizen, how to respect themselves and others and also the importance of a healthy diet and staying fit.
Other organisations, including Alvechurch Football Club, Redditch Tigers taekwondo martial arts group, the National Trust, the Birmingham Children’s Society and a horse-riding centre are now also on board.
PC Matthew Shakespeare from Kings Norton neighbourhood policing team said: “The aim of these courses is to raise children’s aspirations, improve their confidence and prevent them from entering the criminal justice system – either as a victim or an offender.
“Every child is challenged to be the best that they can be.
“The high level of uptake from schools is an indication that the course is being successful in engaging children in activities that encourage them to listen, follow instructions and give 100% commitment to what they are doing.”