Formed in 1990 the Durham Agency Against Crime has gone from strength to strength supporting and creating safety initiatives to reduce crime and the fear of crime to make County Durham and Darlington become a safe place to work live and invest.
The charity responds to meet the needs of communities and now focuses on working towards long term change, by educating, challenging behaviours and acts as a catalyst to local action by managing and facilitating integrated crime prevention and community safety programmes across County Durham and Darlington.
Its award winning projects have received regional and national recognition, which have adapted to meet local needs and trends with huge success. the charity relies on forging strong positive partnerships with various organisations who support the agency ensuring fantastic outcomes. In 2013 the agency through its various projects engaged with over 25,000 young people.
- Developing proactive projects to meet needs
- Increase positive perception of young people
- Inspire community confidence.
- Stimulating partnership and networking
- Promoting innovative approaches to crime prevention and community safety
- Funding, supporting and facilitating projects.
North Durham Academy
This is the second year of collaboration between North Durham Academy and the EDDY Project. The EDDY team work with some of our most vulnerable students, some with complex social and emotional needs. The team are excellent role models for our students as well as trainers and teachers. Their expertise in behaviour management and group work enables the students to achieve in a different environment, with great support.
The no-nonsense approach of all the team and the clear rules and boundaries can be a challenge for some of our students. The ongoing support and commitment by the EDDY team has broken down the barriers and built some great relationships, bridging the gaps in learning. There has been a great improvement in behaviour and attitude in most of the students on the project which has helped them to engage more in their academic studies and has improved their social skills too. Some young people find it difficult to cope with the rigours of Academy life and have trouble adjusting to the constraints of Academy rules and regulations.
The work achieved by the Project in engaging these young people and introducing them to ‘real world’ tasks is something that will last a lifetime.The EDDY team approach their work with compassion, empathy, patience, and, most importantly, a sense of humour. Coordination of the Project is excellent; nothing is too much trouble. Let’s hope the partnership can continue to benefit our students for a long time to come.
North Durham Academy