PCC helps over 1,000 young people stay active at home in just one week

27/04/2020

REBOOT is an early intervention programme designed by Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne to help young people make positive choices instead of becoming involved in crime.

In just 11 months, it has already helped over 800 vulnerable young people who have come to the attention of police or other partners.

Mrs Bourne has digitally adapted the programme in response to the Covid-19 crisis and moved all stages online, including the 1:1 coaching and positive diversionary activities.

To do this, REBOOT has teamed up with Active Sussex to provide these families with access to free local sports and activities directly into their homes during ‘lockdown’. They have called this the #StayActiveSussex movement.

Active Sussex work hard with partners to increase participation in sport and physical activity at a local level. Due to the Coronavirus ‘lockdown’, all of their usual physical activity routines, exercise classes and sports club sessions have been cancelled.

Last week they launched their first week of YouTube sessions, provided by local sports and community groups, ranging from yoga to skateboarding. The results were amazing, with over 1,300 young people and their families joining in from home.

Mrs Bourne commented: “It’s more important than ever to keep active and to look after your general wellbeing but it’s even more important to continue staying at home so I’m incredibly pleased that we are able to offer a way that families can do both.

“This is a welcome distraction and is already providing a positive structure for the many young people within REBOOT and beyond who we know are struggling with the social distancing measures that are currently in place.”

The schedule for this week can be found here: www.sussex-pcc.gov.uk/free

These sessions are available FREE to all children and their families. Why not get involved? Stay at home, stay active.