Safer Cornwall uses boxing to break down barriers

19 June 2023

Safercornwall complex needs team, TravellerSpace and Action for Children (AFC) have come together, to offer the St Day Gypsy & Traveller community access to structured boxing sessions.

We need to invest time in forging relationships and breaking down barriers, the complex needs team have encouraged this, allowing the time to develop a relationship with Traveller Space and some of the families using the centre, and in turn be able to co-produce an activity that the young people who use the centre said they would like to do.

TravellerSpace aims to:

By collaborating with AFC and TravellerSpace we were able to identify through co production that some of the Young people, including some which were disengaged with education, would like to access boxing classes.  

By providing this we hope to improve relationships between different services and this community, increase knowledge of mainstream services by talking about what is available to staff and families at TravellerSpace and address health inequalities in a small way. Going forward we will encourage and help Young People keep up this hobby if they wish to.

Boxing is great for:

[I] found the whole experience positive and productive. Felt the enthusiasm from everyone. It was a great atmosphere and I felt very welcome. This type of non-contact boxing should be available for everyone”. 

Jimmy Waugh head coach from St Austell boxing club who is running the classes

“Action For Children applied for funding to provide boxing sessions for young people at the Wheal Jewel Travelers site so that we could enable the young people to take part in a positive activity that they may not have had the chance to otherwise. We want to build positive relationships with young people from Wheal Jewel to enable us to provide other support and opportunities if that is something they would like. It has also been a very positive partnership piece of work with ourselves, Complex Needs Cornwall Council, St Austell Boxing Club and Travellers Space. Partnership working is so important to be able to give young people more opportunities as well as services and organisations having more capacity to deliver great work to young people.”

Donna Hobday from Action from Children

We have all really enjoyed the boxing sessions so far, as you can see from the photo’s everyone had fun and there was a great atmosphere with mums, young people and children all joining in. TravellerSpace said “it was a great session and they all loved it”

We hope to continue to develop and foster a positive relationship with this community.

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