Street­wise cel­e­brates a decade of sup­port

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY - BY JC RE­PORTER

STREET­WISE HELD a re­cep­tion to mark its tenth an­niver­sary of pro­vid­ing per­sonal safety and de­vel­op­ment pro­grammes for tens of thou­sands of Jewish youth.

The 100 guests at the Hen­don event in­cluded staff from some of the 55 schools which Street­wise works in across the UK. Speak­ers in­cluded JCoSS head­teacher Pa­trick Mo­ri­arty, Robert Tom­back, a Street­wise par­tic­i­pant from 10 years ago — and cur­rent par­tic­i­pant Rachel Cook­lin.

In her ad­dress CST trus­tee Lisa Ron­son spoke about the im­pact of Street­wise — a joint project by the CST and Mac­cabi GB — on the com­mu­nity’s youth.

“Street­wise is about our chil­dren: each and ev­ery one of them. Our per- sonal safety train­ing to young peo­ple be­tween the ages of 11 and 18 is free of charge, be­cause ev­ery­body needs to know how to take care of them­selves, how to keep them­selves out of trou­ble and, with ever-chang­ing tech­nol­ogy and the ease of ac­cess­ing the in­ter­net, how to de­velop as young adults and mem­bers of the Jewish com­mu­nity and so­ci­ety.

“That’s why we call it ‘Street­wise’ — It does what it says on the tin and I think it really works.”

Mac­cabi GB chair­man David Pin­nick said: “Street­wise has taken vi­tal in­for­mal ed­u­ca­tion into ev­ery class­room of ev­ery sin­gle Jewish school and Jewish so­ci­ety across the coun­try.”

Street­wise pro­grammes de­liver a va­ri­ety of ses­sions and projects — in­clud­ing those on anti-bul­ly­ing, an­ti­semitism, sex and re­la­tion­ship ed­u­ca­tion, in­ter­net safety and tran­si­tion to sec­ondary school — and, hav­ing en­gaged 20,000 young peo­ple over the past few years, Street­wise had a record­break­ing year in 2015 de­liv­er­ing ses­sions to 22,000 young peo­ple.

David Delew and Lisa Ron­son at the Street­wise 10th an­niver­sary

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