Teenagers from deprived inner-city areas are to attend special summer camps with people from other races and religions under Government plans to promote community cohesion, as the Telegraph reports:
Ministers announced a £4.5 million programme to be run by the Youth Hostel Association (YHA) and other charities which will provide the activity programmes.
Thousands of teenagers will spend a week at the specialist scout-style camps where they will be taught about the dangers of joining gangs and be coached on “improving self-worth”. They will also be encouraged to develop their social and emotional skills and build their understanding and appreciation of those from different backgrounds.
The Government said it hoped the funding would unite young people of different races, gender, ethnicity and religion and promote positive community relations. The first camps will start in the next few months.
Beverley Hughes, the Children’s Minister, said: “We want to make sure that young people have plenty of interesting things to do, are kept active and engaged, and out of trouble. These camps will give these young people a chance to mix with their peers, have fun, make new friends and learn new skills.”
Chris Darmon, the chairman of the YHA, said: “YHA is delighted to be asked to provide new opportunities for young people. In our experience, all young people, regardless of circumstance, can benefit from participation in positive activities. Working alongside other organisations, YHA looks forward to helping young people reach their full potential and enjoy their lives.”