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New Addington Young Advisors

One of two groups in New Addington the NAYA (New Addington Young Advisors) are working on a project to improve relations between young people and the police

Project started: Feb 2006

Concerned about the lack of police presence, the local police station closes at 2pm, and the relationship between young people and police in New Addington, the group are campaigning for a more permanent police station and improved relations through:

*Conducting a survey into the attitudes and concerns of young people in the area

*Identifying local crime spots - photos of which they will build into a report they are writing and will present to the local council

*Researching crime statistics for the area

*Writing, filming and producing a training film for police about working with young people

*Identifying and approaching a range of funding sources

The group are currently working with Yemi Akinfenwa, adult supporter of the Stonebridge - Make a Change group who sucessfully lobbied for improved conditions and facilities in the Stonebridge Road estate in Haringey.

Since being involved in Youth Act and attending the YOMO residential in March, Rich, the group's youth leader has trained up as a YOMO trainer and is delivering training at Young Movers residentials around the country.

Youth Act training and campaigns are running throughout London. A national Youth Act Train the Trainers programme is also available. Please contact the Youth Act team for more information 020 7566 5033 or email Ade Sofola (

This project is based on the internationally successful Youth Act! programme of street law begun by Street Law Inc in the United States (, which has campaigned to increase provision for homeless people, challenge discrimination and reduce gun crime.

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