AFC Fylde Community Foundation are proud to work in partnership with Lancashire VRN and Lancashire police to support the DIVERT programme, a violence reduction and custody intervention project that helps 11 – 24 year olds within the Fylde area.
Chris McNally, the Foundation’s employability and services manager, represents the Fylde Borough as the custody intervention coach for DIVERT. Chris leads a team within the Foundation to offer help and guidance for young people who have found themselves in police custody, or who are at risk of being involved in crime.
The project is grouped by age and works with 11 - 17 year olds and 18 - 24 year olds to work alongside the young person to find an end-goal, whether it be employment, an activity or a routine.
Chris and his colleague Dave Clarke, who manages the DIVERT programme, said, “DIVERT Lancashire is an innovative, trauma informed reducing reoffending programme, working in partnership with AFC Fylde Community Foundation, Lancashire Violence Reduction Network and local stakeholders, helping young adults at risk or experience of offending behaviours to fulfil their potential. Over the last 2 years DIVERT has grown to include a unique youth programme providing creative support to 10-17 years olds who are experiencing a range of challenges and obstacles to personal development.
“The adult and youth team members at AFC Fylde Community Foundation have collaborated positively in the development of the programmes and provide invaluable support which includes 1-1 mentoring, group and community based activities, as well as practical assistance and help navigating local support networks . We’re delighted to work with the team at AFC Fylde Community Foundation, augmenting their wider community offer and support to the people of the Fylde area”