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Police and Crime Commissioner supports the continuation of 'Fearless' drama productions for young people'

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Fearless drama turns to song in Derbyshire schools

Fearless, Crimestoppers' youth brand, today encouraged students to be ‘Fearless’ against crime through a dramatic performance at Derby College.

Actors from not-for-profit drama company Stepladder, who work alongside Fearless, took to the stage for the special show at the Joseph Wright Centre. They performed sketches and song ‘Do the right thing’ as part of the performance – which aims to educate young people about crime and how Fearless can help.

Students from Derby College and Landau Forte College were invited to the event, which was part funded by Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire, Alan Charles. Mayor of Derby, Shiraz Khan, and High Sheriff of Derbyshire, David Coleman were also present, as well as Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa, who introduced the performance.

Mr Dhinsda said: “We are delighted to have helped provide funding for this innovative and engaging performance. Our own engagement work has helped us to identify the concerns of young people and this has included reservations about reporting.”

He added: “The Stepladder productions and Fearless service are a great way to help increase confidence in young people and provide another option for those who can offer vital information to the Police.”

Derbyshire Crimestoppers commissioned Stepladder to create a series of engaging performances which would educate young people about crime. The group, which is made up of drama students, delivers bespoke, facilitated drama workshops which explain what Fearless is, how it can help and how to contact them.

One of the workshops ‘One Can’t Hurt, Can It?’ deals with the issue of drugs and discusses the broader issues of trust, status, doing the right thing and where young people can go for help.

To date, Stepladder has engaged with around 3300 young people in performances at schools, colleges and young people’s skills fairs. A street dance routine was even created for a local arts festival. Over the last six months of 2014 there has been a 26 per cent increase in views to the Fearless website compared to the same period last year.

It has been such a success that the Police and Crime Commissioner has now agreed to fund a second phase of school performances taking place during this term.

Louise Gratton, Chair of Derbyshire Crimestoppers Committee, said: “The Fearless message is really important to the Derbyshire Crimestoppers Committee and today was a great success in highlighting this.

“We need to communicate with young people in their language and I believe the Stepladder performance is a great success by using actors of a similar age group.

“We're keen to share the Fearless message across as many schools and youth organisations as possible and Derbyshire City and County Council Community Safety teams have been extremely supportive in helping us achieve this.”

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For further information please contact:

Fiona Murton-Taylor, Crimestoppers Head Office PR, on 0208 835 3752 email: fiona.murton-taylor@crimestoppers-uk.org or press.office@crimestoppers-uk.org

Sallie Blair, PCC PR, 01283 821012 or 07702 541401 sal@bettertimes.co.uk

Sarah Jenkin-Jones, Derby College PR, 07951 945665 Sarah.Jenkin-Jones@derby-college.ac.uk

 

Posted on Tuesday 27th January 2015
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