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Project Morpheus aims to make communities safer

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We’re working with local organisations on an initiative aimed at preventing anti-social behaviour among young people.

Project Morpheus, a programme of events and activities taking place between July and December 2022, aims to engage 10 to 18-year-olds in free activity sessions with a community twist to help steer them away from anti-social behaviour.

Up to 30 young people will be able to participate in a range of activities from football and paintballing to learning how to be a firefighter and planting trees – delivered by partners including Colchester Borough Council, Colchester Garrison, Colchester United FC, Essex Fire and Rescue, Essex Police, and Together We Grow CIC.

Whilst open to all, Project Morpheus aims specifically to reach out to young people and engage them in a range of diversionary activities designed to build confidence and enhance skills that will stand them in good stead at a crucial time in their development.

The programme of events begins on 23 July with Operation Pegasus Pathway. Youngsters will join soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, Parachute Regiment, for a weekend of interactive activities at Melville Barracks and surrounding combat training areas designed to teach essential life skills, team building and discipline, which are vital strengths for an army career.

On 28 July, CBH will be inviting youngsters to take part in its Make a Difference Day in Greenstead, helping out on a variety of tasks including gardening, painting, DIY, and a general tidy-up of the area, to help create a better place for everyone to enjoy.

The 26 August sees Community Garden Planting at The Cannons retirement complex managed by CBH, where youngsters will be able to work alongside residents and help enhance their environment.

In September, aspiring footballers can take part in Premier League Kicks with Colchester United, when the club opens the doors to some of its top-flight training facilities and coaches who will help sharpen football skills, encourage teamwork and unleash the inspirational power of sport.

On 24 September, adrenaline junkies will have a fantastic opportunity keep fit and relieve stress with Delta Force Paintball. All equipment will be provided, along with 300 paintballs.

On the 25 and 31 October, youngsters can learn how to be a firefighter on an exciting new Firebreak course with Essex Fire and Rescue. They’ll work as a team on a variety of firefighter tasks, including using powerful water hoses, wearing specialist breathing apparatus, climbing ladders and rescuing casualties from a two-storey building.

November sees tree planting events taking place in a variety of urban settings supported by Together We Grow CIC and the Woodland Trust. Planting trees close to where people live not only boosts health and wellbeing but also encourages wildlife and enhances natural habitats.

The Essex Police Christmas Community Giving Appeal will be joining forces with Project Morpheus this year to bring joy to thousands of families across the county. Applicants can sign up to help wrap and distribute Christmas presents for children less privileged than themselves in Colchester.

To sign up to Project Morpheus, email asb@cbhomes.org.uk or call 01206 507341 – but hurry as places are limited.