"i" Project - Previous Winners
Want to run an 'i' project but stuck for ideas? Here are details of previous winning projects to give you some inspiration. Your project should focus on issues/problems in your own area, and you can talk to officers and PCSOs in your local Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT), who can offer advice about tackling anti social behaviour, improving personal safety, or reducing crime in your area. Your project will need the support of your NPT Inspector or Sergeant and you can find their contact details on the website - www.westyorkshire.police.uk/npt
i12 Winning Projects
The i12 project saw 60 projects submitted by community groups, schools, youth groups, and other groups of committed young people. Between all the projects, around 7500 volunteer hours were clocked-up!
1st Prize - Kumon Y'All - Fusion
This team of 12 boys, believing that burglary is the number one concern within the neighbourhood of Kirklees where they live, wished to raise awareness of how householders can ensure that they don’t become victims of burglary. Through their 'Fusion' project, the team recognised that police and partners are not able to resolve the problem without the assistance of the community. The project aimed to educate people to take measures to beat the burglar.
2nd Prize - Frizinghall Girls Group - The Big Community Meal
The Frizinghall Girls Group undertook an inter-generational cookery initiative, 'The Big Community Meal', with local elderly people from different cultural backgrounds residing in the Frizinghall area of Airedale and North Bradford Division. The group co-ordinated the preparation of food from Eastern European, Asian and English cuisines, with food alongside various other activities designed to encourage community cohesion and relationships between elderly members of the community.
3rd Prize - SnM Crimebusters - Anti-Social Behaviour
Two students were keen to explore public concerns about anti-social behaviour within the areas of Bradford, where they live and go to school. Their project, in Bradford South Division, examined concerns about the various forms of anti-social behaviour in their area, including vandalism, graffitti and littering. As anti-social behaviour is often seen as an issue involving young perpetrators, the girls wished to use the project as an opportunity for young people to improve behaviour and lead by example.
i11 Winning Projects
1st Prize - Kirklees Road Safety Champions
The group wanted to raise awareness of road safety amongst young people. They undertook training on road safety, travelling independently, dangers when crossing roads etc and then wrote and produced some clips for YouTube and Facebook. They also designed a 'pledge' young people could sign to encourage people to think about being safer, i.e. not use their phone whilst crossing the road. They spoke to youth groups and have produced a presentation and pledge pack for all Kirklees Schools which will featue the film clips and pledges.
2nd Prize - Royds Defenders
This group from Royds Hall High School, following a spate of mugging in their local park, wanted to focus on personal safety in public places and raise awareness of how people can reduce their risk of becoming a target. They promoted simple, common sense advice using video and posters which will be distributed across schools in the area.
3rd Prize - Stop Drugs in Leeds (SDIL)
This group from St Mary's School, Menston were keen to stop the use of drugs in their area. They aimed their project at young people aged 10-11 years old. They researched the issues, put together a powerpoint presentation and quiz, which they delivered to assemblies at three primary schools in the area.
i10 Winning Projects
1st prize - Prince Henry's Grammar School - Young Citizens Panel
This group of 7 young people wanted to challenge public perceptions that all young people are thugs and hoodies, a perception often encouraged by media reporting on TV and in newspapers.
They want into the community and asked local people about their perceptions of young people. Based on their comments, the group created a film which aims to challenge negative perceptions and encourage a more positive attitude towards young people.
Participants were invited to a viewing of the film at an evening event at the school. The film can be used again in the community.
2nd prize - Bully Busters (Minsthorpe Community College)
A group of four Year 10 students aimed their project primarily at Year 7 students who would be starting their new term at high school. Starting at a new school can be a scary experience, and the group wanted to tackle fear of bullying and provide information and advice which would be made available to all students.
They created 'Bully Busters', and designed and created a logo and poster for the project. The sent every Year 7 student a questionnaire on their first day to find out what perceptions they had and will run this again to test whether perceptions have changed since the project.
They created "Ten Top Tips for surviving your first term at Minsthorpe", which they presented at a Year 7 assembly. Bully Busters is suitable to be used again for future Year 7 starters.
3rd prize - Fartown High School
Four Year 8 & 9 students designed and created a community garden at their school, clearing a neglected area of the school grounds. They planted up boxes of plants and bulbs and visited two neighbouring care homes, where they explained their plans for the garden and invited their elderly neighbours once it was finished.
The aim of the project was to make links with older local residents and get to know and understand each other. As a result, the school choir was invited to the homes to sing Carols over the Christmas period. This is a longer term project, which should come to full fruition this year.
i09 Winning Projects
1st prize - T.H.U.G.S (Teens Helping us Get Safer)
This group of 15 young people aged 14-16 from two schools in Cottingley and Bingley formed a group to raise awareness amongst young people of the negative impact gang culture can have on them, their friends and family, and local communities.
The group identified problems around gang culture and worked throughout the summer holiday to produce a film which highlighted the consequences of being involved in gang related crime. The film was designed to shock as its aim was to make young people face up to the dangers of becoming involved in gang culture.
2nd prize - Beckets - Summer Sports camp
Year 10 pupils at St Thomas a Beckets School organised a summer camp in partnership with Wakefield Trinity Wildcats Rugby League team and a local police officer. Their aim was to give local disadvantaged children the chance to have fun in their summer break, and at the same time meet people from other cultures and backgrounds and achieve personal goals, learn life skills and take part in various activities during the camp.
The activities included sports such as rugby skills and bowling, and other activities such as a talent show and banner making. The group took the role of team leaders, devised a programme for the week and ran the sessions. The camp received very positive feedback.
3rd prize - The Wrenthorpe Challengers - Road Safety project
Pupils of a Wrenthorpe school got together to improve road safety outside their school. The group, aged 11 & 12, wanted to raise awareness of road safety amongst local residents and encourage people to slow down and park safely.
The group distributed questionnaires around local residents and designed & created posters for a campaign highlighting the dangers of speeding. The posters were displayed in local shops. They worked with local police officers, using Sid the Smiley Speed camera to capture speed of passing motorists and they spoke to drivers about their speed.
Local residents were very supportive of the project, and when the group met Council representatives, they agreed to repaint the double yellow lines outside school.
Traditionally, winning projects from Police forces all over the country are submitted for the National Crimebeat Awards. Previous winning projects include:
- A campaign to raise awareness of how to protect teenage girls against the possibility of rape
- A knife crime initiative to highlight the consequences of being involved in knife crime
- A drug awareness project, with a large number of trained volunteers delivering a wide variety of information to enable young people to make informed decisions about drug use
- An anti-bullying campaign run by a 14 year old boy, which aimed to show young people that it was "cool to care".
- A project to address issues surrounding theft and street robbery through a teaching pack containing a DVD written, acted and produced by young people.
STOP PRESS - Kumon Y'All, West Yorkshire's i12 winners, have been shortlisted for an award at the National Crimebeat Awards, taking place in London on 13th March.