Main activities

The project aims to support community leaders to deliver activities for young people including dancing, boxing, mobile skate park activities, graffiti art and fencing



Key outcomes

  • Improved social links and ties
  • Increased confidence, knowledge, skills and assets
  • Collective action and control


“With those who are vulnerable, having the added confidence can spread at school and the community.” (Project staff)

Based in Chesterfield in Derbyshire, Positive 4 Young People (P4YP) is a community-based organisation that supports families and young people to build social ties. Members are encouraged to participate in and lead a programme of activities based on what young people said would engage and inspire them.

P4YP Activity Roadshow was a project shaped and designed entirely by young people. From the start, students from local schools were invited to discuss the new opportunities they would like to see locally. Young people also had a regular say in how the activities were run by talking to project workers and commenting on an ever-evolving ‘wall of words’.

The project involved local partners and residents coming together to make the ideas a reality by delivering sessions in dance, boxing, fencing and graffiti art. Taking part in the roadshows enabled young people to develop new friendships and gain confidence by stepping outside their comfort zones. The boxing roadshows also offered an opportunity for parents and children to come together to try something new, increasing social connections between members and different groups in the wider community.

The project was funded by People’s Health Trust with money raised through The Health Lottery in the East Midlands.

This case study was carried out by Ecorys UK, who are conducting an independent evaluation of People's Health Trust's Active Communities programme. This case study formed part of the second year of this evaluation process.

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P4YP evaluation case study