To see this in action is incredible and a great example of what we now understand to be ‘health creation.’ It’s one thing for dance sessions to be run by professional dance teachers and something else, much more powerful to watch a young person teaching, holding attention and inspiring up to 60 young people who are their peers. Every week this happens in an area formerly better known for its ASB, drink and drugs than anything positive. Realistically these young people have a daily negative influence from peers and families but they choose to stay focused and driven. They choose to come to TR14ers every Friday night and be in a safe, positive and empowering environment. Possibly the reason for this is that half of the Board of Trustees are young Dance Leaders that teach at the sessions. As charity directors they learn new skills, have ownership and a credible voice.
Since 2016 the charity has placed huge emphasis on empowering the young leaders to start gaining even more recognition for what they do and to receive a national award, as community health creators would be hugely defining and motivating for them in these challenging times.
TR14ers makes a difference to Camborne because it enables young people to really believe that they can achieve anything they put their mind to and strive for their goals. They are treated with respect and listened to. They are valued. This instils in them hope as well as positive life skills. Many of the TR14ers have accessed Higher Education leading to a fantastic range of employment opportunities. Many others have successfully raised families and so are role models for a new generation. They are the perfect example of behaviour change at many levels where that pivotal change in the way that the Police responded back in 2004, ie listening to what young people actually wanted, then working with them as equals to achieve this, has brought large scale, continuous improvement in health & social well being for many hundreds of young people since 2005. The fact that this is still happening and still provided free for every dancer, every Friday in a town in Cornwall within 10% of the most deprived areas in the country, is pretty awesome!!
Read the University of Exeter research paper to understand the sustainable processes and impact of TR14ers