FIVE Huddersfield men are undertaking a massive community project in a bid to combat youth crime and anti–social behaviour in the town.
Andy Williams, Michael Lyn, Peter Rowe, Raymon Dawes and Michael Reynolds are offering their expertise in a plan to get youths off the streets, give them the chance to turn their life around and learn new skills needed to get jobs in construction.
The aptly named New Direction Kirklees Ltd is in Lincoln Street, Aspley, and plans to reach out to people of all ages, backgrounds and capabilities.
These focused men aim to bring out talents in individuals that may not have been expressed in mainstream education.
But they stress this is not simply a way out of education, it is a means of enhancing and engaging the skills previously instilled in these individuals.
The directors have all been brought up in the Huddersfield area and all have children of their own, so fully understand the problems that some of the youth of today face.
As a team, they have a wealth of experience and qualifications, ranging from behaviour/anger management and mentoring work to plastering, paint-spraying, Brazillian jujitsu and football coaching.
Included in their ranks is ex-professional footballer Michael Reynolds, once a player for Ayr United in Scotland.
The group, aged between 32 and 42, are targeting members of schools, referral units and young offenders' institutes.
Working together, they want to build confidence and self esteem in those who are reluctant to attend mainstream education and theyplan to teach and encourage students to excel in key skill areas including maths, English, information technology, plastering, plumbing and basic domestic electrical maintenance.
Mentor, plasterer and football coach, Peter Rowe, 41, said "NDKL's main aim is to help deliver our vision of a new approach to learning for young people from all sections of Kirklees and black and minority ethnic communities."
But setting up this development doesn't come cheap.
Costs such as tutor fees, rent, electricity, materials and administration expenses need to be met and the group would be more than willing to talk to and show prospective sponsors around their site.
The centre is hoping to self sustain, using its facilities for out of hours functions, renting out the football pitch and so on.
Lottery funding has been applied for and, in the meantime, the men are reaching out for community support.
Mr Rowe added: "What we need is the backing of the community to help build this project and in turn build a better community for the young adults of tomorrow.
"Two years of talking is finally going to turn into a reality and it will have a positive impact on the young people of Huddersfield. The New Direction way is to facilitate the advancement of Huddersfield's youth and open up a number of possibilities for working towards their future."
The site is a totally new development, sharing space with several other new businesses. It has a capacity of 18,000 square feet and the directors have committed themselves to a 12-year lease.
Does this sound like a venture you would be interested in?
If you would like to offer your help or become involved in anyway with the project, contact Peter Rowe or any of the team on 07816017102 or email firstname.lastname@example.org