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A programme to provide young people in Great Yarmouth with skills to enter the local workforce will this week mark a milestone as its new boat sets sail for the first time.

Cobhalm’s TS Warrior Naval Cadet Corps will launch the boat on Fridy to complete the development of its Marine Skills Match initiative, which will provide cadets aged 8 to 18 with a stepping stone to achieve the relevant requirements to start within the localised maritime industry.The scheme will provide an alternative, positive after-school activity for young people who may hang out on the streets after school, thereby helping to combat anti-social behaviour in the area, which is one of the most deprived in Great Yarmouth.

The boat will be named Newlove, after Government Communities champion Baroness Helen Newlove, chair of Community Alcohol Partnerships (CAPs), which have provided £10,000 towards the funding of this project. The Great Yarmouth CAP was launched in April 2012 by Baroness Newlove, in the presence of Communities Secretary Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP, bringing together a variety of agencies - including local retailers, youth services, trading standards, police, schools, charities and other departments within Great Yarmouth Borough Council and Norfolk County Council - to crack down on underage drinking and anti-social behaviour.

Baroness Newlove is being honoured for the work she has done to combat anti-social behaviour amongst young people. Since the murder of her husband Garry by a drunken gang of teenagers in front of his children in 2007, she has worked tirelessly to make communities safer, and was made a peer in July 2010 to be the victims’ voice in Parliament and to encourage people to work together to create better, safer and friendlier neighbourhoods. TS Warrior Naval Cadet Corps has been operating in its current form for 15 years, but new facilities mean that local children and teenagers aged between 8 and 18 will now have the opportunity to participate in hands-on experience, accredited learning sessions and certified courses.

Government Communities Champion and CAPs Chair Baroness Newlove said: “I am delighted that this project is now ready to launch and that CAPs have helped make it a reality. I am honoured that the cadets have chosen to name their boat after me. I also pay tribute to the volunteers who have devoted many years to TS Warrior and to helping young people navigate the difficult path to adulthood away from the lure of underage drinking and anti-social behaviour. I look forward to hearing about jobs that this boat will help secure for the young people of Great Yarmouth. And I wish them many years of fun on the seas!”

Rob Gregory, Corporate Strategy, Communities and Partnerships Manager at Great Yarmouth Borough Council, said: “This project is a culmination of community-led action and partnership working across the voluntary, public and private sectors, and will provide a very real opportunity for young people in Great Yarmouth to acquire the skills necessary to obtain future employment opportunities in marine-based industries. Great Yarmouth’s CAP has recognised the value in supporting this kind of aspirational work in providing alternatives to teenage binge-drinking and related anti-social behaviour. We are really pleased that the Baroness is returning to the borough to support TS Warrior in launching the initiative”

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