Film tackles anti-social behaviour

A fire service funded film project is helping to tackle anti-social behaviour in South Yorkshire.
A fire service funded film project is helping to tackle anti-social behaviour in South Yorkshire.
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A fire service funded film project, aimed at young people, is helping to tackle anti-social behaviour in South Yorkshire.

The Salvation Army, in partnership with South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue, and South Yorkshire Police, has been working with a group of young people from Aston Academy, Handsworth Grange Community Sports College and Outwood Academy City, to create the film - called ‘Peer Pressure.’

A series of workshops were held - designed to give these young people the skills and confidence to explore how making the wrong decisions can affect the lives of them and their families - and then the group was supported in putting this difficult subject on film.

The project and film aims to reduce the levels of anti-social behaviour, as well as educating young people on drugs and alcohol. It is hoped that schools and colleges will use the film to start discussions around the topics addressed.

The film was launched at SYFR’s Training and Development Centre recently, to an audience including the Lord Mayor of Sheffield and Fire Authority Members along with family and friends.

The Salvation Army were awarded £5,910 for the project under the South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Authority’s funding scheme, Stronger Safer Communities Reserve. The fund saw dozens of registered charities, community organisations and partner agencies apply for grants, which had been set aside from the Authority’s reserves.

SYFR head of prevention & protection, Steve Helps, said: “Anti social behaviour can put a big strain on local communities, so preventative measures are becoming more important than ever. This film will be a great tool to educate and inspire young people to make the correct life choices.”

Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Coun Denise Fox, added: “‘This project has been a real example of partnership. The young people have been supported to make this film, and I would like to congratulate them for their hard work and commitment.”