ABC will replace ASB when a group of young people tackle anti-social behaviour, thanks to funding from Thames Valley Housing (TVH).
Slough-based charity, Aik Saath, has received £5,000 from TVH’s Community Chest fund for its Anti-Social Behaviour and Conflict Resolution Team (ABC) project.
Rob Deeks, Project Manager at the charity, said, “We are really grateful to receive this funding as we will be able to train 15 young people in conflict resolution skills and youth work in the community.”
“Often young people get caught up in anti-social behaviour because they don’t know what opportunities are available to them or understand the impact that they are having on other people.
“We tackle the anti-social behaviour in two ways. The team go out to young people where they live and help them understand how there actions are affecting other people. Then we encourage and signpost them to get involved in other, more constructive, activities.”
Aik Saath means ‘Together as One’ in Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu. The charity trains young people as mentors promoting community cohesion, conflict resolution and anti-bullying and work in schools, colleges and youth centres as well as in the community.
Rob said, “Our great strength is that most of the work we do is carried out by young people as they can engage with their peer group really quickly and effectively.”
Tessa Bird, Community Investment Officer at TVH, said “By dealing with problem behaviour by encouraging respect and providing alternatives, rather than punitively, this fantastic project is carrying out a vital role ensuring a positive future for everyone within our communities.”
2. The words ‘Aik Saath’ mean ‘Together As One’ in Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu. They also embody the ethos of our charity- we believe in working with people from all communities, faiths and backgrounds to prevent violence and hatred and to strengthen community cohesion.
Aik Saath was established in response to gang violence between young people from Asian backgrounds in Slough in the late 1990s. The founders of our organisation believed that young people needed to lead the efforts to resolve this conflict and over 13 years later young people are still leading our efforts to build peace and encourage cohesion in our communities.
Aik Saath’s projects are led by the peer training team- a group of over one hundred young volunteers aged between 12 and 21. They train other young people- our principle beneficiaries- in conflict resolution skills and the knowledge to strengthen community cohesion, in a variety of settings, including primary schools, secondary schools and youth centres.