draw teenagers away from play areas

decoration by young people builds and rebuilds ownership

blend with traditional seating

a place of their own to meet friends

12 statements to support your funding application:

  1. Youth shelters are a positive, consistent, predictable and permanent alternative to the damage and disorder 12-16 year olds can cause when they adopt and meet in places designed for others
  2. By drawing 12-16 year olds away from the unsuitable places they meet now, youth shelters remove the opportunity to offend and intimidate others and reduce the cost and fear of damage and disorder
  3. Youth shelters are a physical and visible demonstration of local commitment to cater for the basic, social need of young people to meet friends rather than treating it as a problem to solve
  4. Police consider a youth shelter to be a more socially acceptable dispersal option than separating groups of under-16s, helping build public confidence in the effectiveness of community policing and the effective operation of other local arrangements such as Alcohol Exclusion Zones
  5. Involving young people in the process of selecting and locating their youth shelter engages them with their local community, often for the first time, making them part of it and less likely to damage it or want to see it damaged
  6. By focusing teenagers and all their behaviours in one place, a youth shelter provides opportunities for police, the youth service and community and voluntary groups to identify and engage with young people, influence their behaviour and, where appropriate, signpost them into other support networks
  7. Youth shelters are always open, fast to deliver and work immediately to tackle existing issues and also into the future as an early stage intervention to prevent offending
  8. Adding an affordable youth shelter to an existing play or sport facility extends the community value of the whole investment because youth shelters are inclusive. They cater for the notoriously ‘hard to reach’ groups who are either unwilling or unable to take part in active, organised sport such as girls, disaffected young people and young people with disabilities and health and development issues
  9. Co-location of a youth shelter alongside or near to existing youth facilities also helps ensure support from local residents as those most directly affected already accept teenage activity in that area
  10. Youth shelters are ideal subjects to form local partnerships around and fundraise for as they are inexpensive, one-off capital investments that are easy to define, proven to work, quick to deliver and obvious to all when complete
  11. Youth shelters are designated by the British Standards Institute as recreational seating rather than active play equipment. This permits installation into hard wearing surfaces like concrete and protects the Authority against bogus claims arising from alleged misuse
  12. Being low-maintenance, unsupervised facilities, youth shelters have no ongoing staff or revenue costs to finance or human resource issues to manage