YSS project starts: Accessing Resources in the Community (ARC)

West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner

YSS was recently successful in securing a 2 year contract from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) to develop a new diversionary project for 17-24 year olds across West Mercia.

The main focus of the work is to divert young adults away from entering the criminal justice system by signposting and supporting them into positive activities- Accessing Resources in the Community ARC

The ARC team consists of Senior Project Coordinator – Jessica Whitfield; Shropshire & Telford Project Coordinator – Chris Cosgrove; Worcestershire Project Coordinator – Lizzie Loane  and Herefordshire Project Coordinator – yet to be announced.

Debb  Grantham, YSS Operations Director,  said” This is an exciting project as it uses, and will build on, the experience and learning from our Transition 2 Adulthood work. We hope it will support young adults from current projects, but also give us access to new referral partners. We will start to take referrals at the beginning of April.”

The ARC project aims to support and motivate young adults aged between 17 – 24 years to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Community integration
  • Reduction in anti-social behaviour/offending/re-offending
  • Engagement in education, training and employment programmes
  • Addressing the harm caused by alcohol
  • Increased confidence and self esteem
  • Accessing Positive Activities
  • Signpost and refer to relevant agencies and other specially identified ARC partners across the region

ARC paid staff and volunteers will work intensively with individuals referred on a face to face, 1:1 basis in the community, providing additional back up support by telephone/text. Engagement with the service is on a voluntary basis, up to 4 months, and it is seen that work with families will also form an important part of the role.

An important aspect of the role will be a focus on Education, Training  and Employment, looking at up-skilling and supporting young adults into meaningful activity such as volunteering, work placements, training places and sustainable employment and addressing the harm caused by alcohol use. They will also support emotional wellbeing (all workers will receive accredited Mental Health First Aid training).

An out-of-hours telephone service will be provided to ensure everyone referred has access to additional Information Advice and Guidance support for the duration of their engagement with the project.

To request a referral form or for any other queries about the ARC Project please contact:

Jessica Whitfield ARC Senior Project Coordinator:


Leaflets  are available- please follow the links below:

Professional Leaflet ARC 2016

Young Adult ARC leaflet 2016



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