22 March 2012
Over 100 youngsters from schools across London enjoyed an ACFA Outreach taster day at the Army Cadet Force Training Centre at Blackheath in South East London last Sunday, 18 March. The ACF in London is working with the Metropolitan Police to identify socially or educationally excluded and crime vulnerable youngsters who are likely to benefit from the Outreach programme.
Outreach is a youth-diversion and early-intervention crime-prevention programme suited to youngsters who have low self-esteem or low personal achievement, are excluded from school, are socially disengaged or who engage in truancy or other behavioural problems.
The heart of the programme is a 5-7 day residential course which, for these youngsters, will take place in Brecon, Wales, at the end of May. The taster day is a chance for the youngsters to find out about the acitivities that lie ahead and also what will be expected from them, while also giving the volunteer staff the opportunity to judge whether each individual is likely to successfully complete the whole programme.
Outreach is funded entirely from charitable donations and has a remarkable track record in helping young people to turn their lives around before it is too late, with 87% of participants showing a measurable improvement in behaviour.