By Eric King-
A free summer night time University class is set to begin in Stonesbridge, North West London,and plan to employ tight security.
Organisers of the classes hopes the get together would encourage youths to pursue Educational, creative, cultural and sporting activities are being offered to 16 to 24-year-old’s between 6pm and 10pm during the week at the Stonebridge Hillside Hub and Stonebridge Pavilion.
It sets no criteria on who can attend the daily get togetherHowever, concerns for tight security have been voiced by those who fear it could be infiltrated by gangs looking for a place to relax, chat up girls or seek out enemies or rivals.
The youth-led drop-in programme aims to bring youths together and create new friendships among young people where they can participate in teamwork activities such as football or singing. t also plans to provide free education to those interested, but appears to have no stipulation for youths who attend to attend the educational classes
The programme is arranged by housing association The Hyde Group and charities Hornstars and the Jason Roberts Foundation. A representative of Hyde Group told The Eye Of Media.Com that they are ”exploring effective security measures”, but ideally want all to feel welcome to the summer nights.
On the topic of education provide, the representative said educational support will be provided on a” case by case basis according to need”
Stonebridge is notorious for turf wars and violent attacks, but there are youths n the area who aspire to achieve something in life and escape the rot of street life.
Sarah Willis, a programme manager at Hyde said:
“The Night-time University offers a safe place for Brent’s young people to meet and have fun, while developing their skills and future prospects.
“One of the biggest impacts of last year’s programme was a reduction in anti-social behaviour incidents during the summer holidays, as a more positive alternative was available. We seek to build on last year’s success and expect another productive year.