Room 14

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Pelton Youth Project

Pelton Youth Project was established in September 2008. The project was originally set up with the aim of reducing crime and anti social behaviour in the area involving young people. Work began by opening youth club sessions in the Parish Council meeting room in Pelton Community Centre where young people attended in high numbers of around forty to fifty twice per week.

In 2008/2009 Pelton had the highest reported incidents of crime and anti social behaviour in County Durham hence being awarded £450,000 from the Department of Children, Schools and Families to tackle the issue by building a new facility for the young people. This facility was to be planned, designed and named by the young people who were accessing the youth provision at the time. This lead to a Hair and Beauty Salon, a Dance Studio and a Chill Out Area being included in the plans as well as the equipment and resources that young people requested.

Whilst the new youth facility (Room 14) was being built youth provision and policing in the area were increased through Youth Crime Action Plan funding (YCAP) which concentrated mainly on Friday and Saturday evenings supported by the Deric Youth Bus. As a result of this work crime and anti social behaviour was reduced by 31% in 2009 and has since been maintained through work with young people from Room 14 and the continuing support of the local police.

The building was officially opened in January 2010 by MP Kevan Jones and Councillor Simon Henig Leader of Durham County Council in an event that was planned and supported by young people. The official opening was followed by a launch party which was attended by over one hundred young people and was a great success.