Staff at Safer Communities (formerly Safe in Tees Valley) have been delivering hampers to hard-to-reach families across Middlesbrough in the run up to Christmas.

The Hampers have been funded by the Lt Colonel NL Cohen Charitable Trust and Safer Communities staff across all of its services – including the Youth Team, Restorative Cleveland, Victim Care and Advice Service, Teesside and North East SARC – have also donated items or money.

Safer Communities is already receiving funding from the Lt Colonel NL Cohen Charitable Trust to fund two youth workers who are co-located with Middlesbrough Council’s Early Help Team to provide specialist trauma support. Their remit is to engage with those young people and their families who have previously rejected support and who are reluctant to engage with statutory services.

“Safer Communities plays a significant role in engaging those young people and families who are hard to reach,” says Lesley Makin, Safer Communities operations director.

“Our specialist staff are able to remove fears, barriers and, at times, the stigma of being involved with statutory services. By offering a model of both youth work practice and trauma informed practice, we engage children, young people and families in a relational trauma informed manner that understands how they react to current circumstances.”

Safer Communities provides a range of services across the north east, running programmes and partnerships that make communities safer, support victims of crime and create opportunities to change people’s lives for the better.

“It’s been amazing to see so many staff get involved,” says Jo Hodgkinson, CEO at Safer Communities. “Thanks to this funding from the Lt Colonel Cohen Charitable Trust and the generosity of staff, we’ve now been able to provide 22 families with a little bit of something extra special this Christmas. This has directly benefited 57 people, which is a great job – well done to everyone involved.”


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