It was celebration time as a programme designed to steer children away from crime and anti-social behaviour in south Birmingham celebrates its second birthday.

The Teamworx is an initiative which has grown from strength to strength – it’s run by West Midlands Police and West Midlands Fire Service for children between the ages of seven and 11.

The Teamworx Program

  • The scheme works with children who have had behavioural or attendance problems at school, who have had difficult upbringings, or suffer with low self-esteem.
  • They work on a range of activities to help their social and teamwork skills, and open up new career opportunities.
  • A 12-week course how to stay safe, be a responsible citizen, respect themselves and others and also the importance of a healthy diet and staying fit.

The initial Teamworx course, which involved four schools in the Weoley Castle area, has steadily expanded and is now running in 12 Northfield primary schools.

Partners include Alvechurch Football Club, Redditch Tigers, a taekwondo martial arts group, the RSPCA, the National Trust, the Birmingham Children’s Society and a horse riding centre.

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.”

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