Developing a Dream
Over 150 youth leaders have benefitted
from the Bravehearts Programme over
the past two years with phenomenal
results. Much of this has been made
possible financially from the
commitment of the Home Office and
senior police officers from a number
of large Forces.
The majority of the youth leaders
who attend are volunteers, work
unpaid, or are on the lowest wages.
Hence they are unable to fund their
place on the Programme themselves.
Their organisations are often
similarly run on a shoestring and in
most cases would be unable to fund
the youth workers to attend.
As the public sector money ran out
some benevolent sponsors from the
private sector stepped in to part
fund the programmes and enabled them
to keep the momentum going. This led
to a new design with some
unexpected, exciting new benefits.
We now are able to offer Corporate
Executives free places on the
programme in cases where their
company offers to sponsor worthy
applicants from the community who
cannot afford to pay themselves.
This has led to a fresh and exciting
new approach to the Bravehearts
initiative, which has allowed the
legacy of the programmes to
really should be done after
a bravehearts course, there
is so much overlap, in the
skills one learns from
bravehearts and the
has to use them during
Parwez Hussain – Youth
Leader – West Midlands