A NEW youth service launched in Ringwood is looking to help tackle antisocial behaviour.

The "detached youth service" was started over the summer and the service is being funded by Ringwood Town Council but operated by charity Groundwork South.

"Detached" youth work involves making contact with young people where they are, rather than from a particular building or service, with the aim of building relationships with young people and providing informal social education, support, games and activities.

Youth workers will operate across designated areas specifically targeting hot spots identified by the police and other services to help tackle antisocial behaviour.

Craig Lockwood, the project manager from Groundwork South said: “We are thrilled to be operating in the beautiful town of Ringwood and can’t wait to support and guide the local youth into a brighter future and help build a stronger community.

"Our detached work in Eastleigh has helped to reduce anti sociable behaviours, create positive pathways for young people and listen to the young resident’s views and wants. We can’t wait to do this in Ringwood over the coming months.”

The two youth workers in Ringwood are also exploring ideas with young people who are not engaged in other formal activities in the town about potential activities that they would like to take part in.

The local neighbourhood policing team has also voiced its support for the project.

Acting Police Sergeant Sarah Gulliver added: “The Ringwood Policing Team are pleased to be supporting the new detached youth service in the area and their important work in reaching out to young people.

"This type of youth work is not only beneficial for the young people themselves but for the community as a whole.”

This is a pilot service although it is hoped that if successful further funding will be found.

Mayor of Ringwood, Cllr Tony Ring said: "This initiative, much delayed by Covid concerns is designed to reach out to young people including those not so keen on the old traditional youth club facilities and by being more inclusive to reduce anti social activities  carried out by and so often against the youth section of our community."


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