The Street Reach project operates a flexible and responsive early action provision delivering in the first instance an assertive outreach team across an open age group.
StreetReach is a project currently operating in Blackburn with Darwen and Burnley in partnership between the public, voluntary and private sectors developed in direct response to the presenting issues in own centre localities, which were negatively impacting on the public, local businesses and the collective economic prosperity of the borough as a whole. Funding for the project has been made available from Lancashire’s Police Crime Commissioner and BWD/Burnley Community Safety Partnership.
Following a number of street-based intelligence gathering exercises a number of specific issues were identified involving a wide age range of vulnerable young people and adults who were engaged in open alcohol and drug use – mainly cannabis and New Psychoactive Substances, street begging and/or people presenting as homeless or with unstable accommodation.
Central to the project’s operating model is the deployment of two mobile vehicles, which creatively employ an emergency vehicle theme, but with a distinct change of livery offering a more contemporary appearance. Internally the vehicles environments are a comfortable and engaging space, equipped with media wall, internet gateway, informational resources, seating and bathroom facilities.