Over 60 young people from Bridgwater took to the stage at The McMillan Theatre last Wednesday (27th March) to share their learning from the 2019 'What Would You Do?’ (WWYD) programme, which is led by Crimestoppers in the West Country.
Over the last few months the WWYD programme has been empowering young people across three local schools (Bridgwater College Academy, Hamp Academy and Somerset Bridge Primary) to cope with some of the challenges that they face today in their community. With the help of Crimestoppers, the children have been creatively exploring how to speak out and stay safe when it comes to crime through weekly sessions with Unique Voice CIC and supported by Sedgemoor council.
The main objective of this project is to look at how everyone can help to make their community a safer and a better place to be in. The project encourages young people to learn how to make an informed “choice” when faced with difficult challenges or decisions and how to Speak Up, Stop Crime, Stay Safe and remain 100% ‘Anonymous Always’ using the Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 number or the online reporting forum at crimestoppers-uk.org.
This year, the children have been learning about how to advocate safe messages around the subjects of knife crime, hate crime and healthy relationships. During the performance each school championed in one of the subjects and performed a creative section on the night empowering their community with their knowledge.
The evening was attended by over 400 community members and performers.
Police Crime and Commissioner Sue Mountstevens attended both the children’s performance and the prize giving celebration. Speaking after the event “I always relish the opportunity to highlight and celebrate the fantastic young people we have in the area. To see the remarkable work of some of our finest young people, their talent, their enthusiasm and their quest to improve the lives of others is truly inspirational.”
“I would like to thank West Country Crimestoppers for their continued hard work, embedding themselves into local communities with the police in a bid to tackle crime. Far too often, young people are criticised and this evening is a way of celebrating the outstanding work that young people do in their local areas; without Crimestoppers, we would not have a chance to see such a brilliant display of talent.”
Regional manager of Crimestoppers Karen MacDonald reflected on the evening and invites the community to continue spreading the importance of staying safe with the help of Crimestoppers.“‘Wow! There weren’t many dry eyes in the McMillan Theatre last Wednesday evening as Sedgemoor children gave the performance of their lives to show their communities just how much they hope people will help to keep them safe by trusting in Crimestoppers – the only UK crime fighting charity which guarantees 100% anonymity. Always.”
“Well done children and a big thank you from Crimestoppers in the West Country to everyone involved. Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter."
Posted on Thursday 4th April 2019