Stepping out for a Positive Future

Local MP James Brokenshire gets put through some dance moves as local young people show how they are using dance to develop their skills and help reduce crime as part of the Bexley Positive Futures Programme.

James Brokenshire was put through his dance steps on Sunday as young people in Sidcup showcased their dancing talents as part of the Positive Futures ‘Make a Noise Week’.  The event highlighted local young talent as well as how dance, sport and other activities can help stop vulnerable young people being drawn into crime and antisocial behaviour.

‘Make a Noise Week’ brings together the 91 projects from across the country – including Bexley - to highlight local activity culminating in a celebration and awards event tomorrow (Thursday) at the Battersea Arts Centre hosted by pop star Will Young.  Three young people from Bexley have been short-listed for awards.

Positive Futures is a national programme using a range of physical and arts activities to work with young people who might be at risk of becoming involved in crime.  The project - which is co-ordinated by the charity Catch 22 and run by the Charlton Athletic Community Trust in Bexley - aims to stop youngsters being drawn into crime and substance abuse and help them develop the skills they need for a positive career path.  In the last year Bexley Positive Futures has worked with over 550 local young people averaging 22 hours of time with each person.

Sunday’s local event at the Carlton Centre in Sidcup saw young people and their parents taking part in a series of dance workshops as well as enjoying demonstrations from Latin, contemporary, popping and street dance disciplines.  Sally Knox also gave an inspirational speech underlining the work of Positive Futures and how by focussing on the skills, talents and aspirations of young people we can help them lift their ambitions and fulfil their potential.

Commenting James Brokenshire:

To underline even further just how good the young people were as well as adding a few laughs, I took part in the Latin dance workshop.  Strictly Come Dancing it wasn’t!  But it was a fun family event and underlined how we can use dance and other physical activities to bring people together and teach some important life skills.”

“It was great to focus on the positive contribution and raw talent of young people in the borough whilst also delivering a serious message on how we can work together to make our community safer.”