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 The Aston Project

The Aston Project is an innovative Youth Project, run by Cheltenham Police at Hesters Way Police Station in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. We work with any young person from our community aged 9-18yrs. We are a very active youth Timebank with in excess of 80 members. We are named after PC Lynn Aston, a colleague heavily involved in and committed to local youth work who sadly lost her battle with cancer in April 2011.

We engage with as many young people from Cheltenham as possible, but especially those who have fewer opportunities available to them. We also work with those who are NEET (not in employment, education or training), or who are on the fringes of  youth crime or anti-social behaviour. By offering opportunities based on young peoples skills, likes and interests (of which they have many) we hope to improve their life skills, confidence and opportunities whilst reducing current and future youth crime and supporting our local businesses and communities.

Timebanking – How it works:

All our young people have different interests, likes and skills, and all of you are good at at least one thing!

13 yrs and under: We facilitiate and encourage (working with parents support) membership & attendance at as many clubs, sports, events and activities as possible: for each hour you attend you will earn 1 time credit.

14 years and over: We facilitate and support club membership as above, but, based on your ambitions, skills and interests, we also look for a placement with a local business where time credits can be earned – again 1 hour = 1 time credit. This system supports our local businesses by offering potential future employees free of cost to the business, but allows our young people to learn, develop, enjoy and succeed in an environment they WANT to be in. We hope that the placements will develop into part time or full time paid employment, or further education/apprenticeships.

There are also opportunities throughout the year to support local charities such as The Animal Shelter, Sue Ryder, and Winston’s Wish by helping out at fundraising or community events.

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He’s much happier now, doing better at school, & he’s much nicer!
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