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Orbit ‘On Track’ to win Tpas award

Celebrating excellence in youth involvement, a project run by housing association Orbit to tackle anti-social behaviour (ASB) in Rugby, has been shortlisted in the 2017 Central Tpas awards.

Over the last 12 months Orbit has worked in partnership with Rugby Borough Council to tackle ASB head-on in the Brownsover estate. The On Track project, is aimed at young people aged 10-19, offering them a chance to get involved in sports and leisure activities after school and during school holidays.

Within two months, the number of ASB cases reduced dramatically with reports of serious cases eradicated.

To date, the On Track team has run 44 youth clubs in the area, totalling 60 hours, with a further 56 sessions around the Brownsover estate. More than 150 young people have engaged in On Track, changing their behaviour and how they are perceived by the rest of the community.

Sam Scharf, head of community investment at Orbit, said: "We’re proud to see the On Track project and team recognised in the regional Tpas Awards. In the last year alone, Orbit has worked with partners to deliver a wealth of wellbeing programmes managing issues such as ASB to help over 5,800 people. On Track is a true example of partnership working at its best.”

Kevin Brookes, On Track coordinator, said: “It’s testimony to the team and how hard they have worked to make the project a success. We faced many challenging situations which could have easily hampered the progress of the work, but thankfully we were able to make a difference to the Brownsover community.”

The project has also delivered big business benefits, with the housing costs of ASB management being around £4,000 per customer without eviction, this project has saved Orbit more than £40,000.

Now in their tenth year, the annual Tpas Awards showcase compelling and inspiring success stories of customers, landlords and contractors working together in communities across the UK.

The winners for the Central Tpas Awards will be announced on 3 March, with winners going through to the national Tpas Awards.