Cash for projects to help the young

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MORE than 11,300 young peo­ple will ben­e­fit from projects which will keep them away from dan­ger­ous ac­tiv­i­ties this Hal­lowe’en and Bon­fire Night, thanks to fund­ing raised by the po­lice from the sale of stolen goods.

Mersey­side’s Po­lice Com­mis­sioner has an­nounced the 26 youth ini­tia­tives that will re­ceive a share of the £45,000 pot which is be­ing used to di­vert young peo­ple away from get­ting in­volved in anti-so­cial or crim­i­nal be­hav­iour dur­ing the au­tumn half term.

They in­clude four within thi Sefton as well as 14 in Liver­pool, five in Wir­ral, two in Knowsley and one in St He­lens.

Much of the fund­ing was fo­cused in ‘hotspot’ ar­eas where com­mu­ni­ties have been iden­ti­fied as most sus­cep­ti­ble to threat and risk.

In Sefton they are: Boo­tle Christ Church Youth Cen­tre (£2,000), Brunswick Youth Cen­tre (£1,652), Par­ent­ing 2000 (£2,000) and Phoenix (£2,000).

Jane Kennedy has awarded the grants from her Po­lice Prop­erty Act (PPA) Fund, which puts money raised through the sale of un­claimed stolen goods or prop­erty re­cov­ered by the po­lice that can­not be re­turned to its own­ers into worth­while causes.

This is the fourth year the Com­mis­sioner has fo­cussed the fund­ing on keep­ing com­mu­ni­ties safe dur­ing one of the busiest times of the year for the po­lice. The suc­cess­ful or­gan­i­sa­tions from this round of fund­ing will run a host of projects dur­ing the school half-term hol­i­days with the aim of keep­ing a to­tal of 11,331 young peo­ple en­gaged in safe and su­per­vised ac­tiv­i­ties.

Jane Kennedy said: “Hal­lowe’en youth project and Bon­fire Night are a time of great fun and en­joy­ment for many peo­ple across Mersey­side.

“Sadly, though it is also a time when some­times the fun can get out of hand and lead to young peo­ple get­ting in­volved in be­hav­iour which can be­come in­tim­i­dat­ing, anti-so­cial or even dan­ger­ous to other mem­bers of the com­mu­nity.

“Tra­di­tion­ally, this means it is of­ten a very busy pe­riod for both Mersey­side Po­lice and Mersey­side Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice.

“By fund­ing th­ese youth projects across Mersey­side, my aim is to help thou­sands of young peo­ple en­joy the fes­tiv­i­ties in a safe and en­joy­able way at or­gan­ised and well-man­aged events. This will help to en­sure they don’t get in­volved in any ac­tiv­i­ties that could ei­ther put them in dan­ger or that they may re­gret in the fu­ture.

“This will also help to re­lieve the strain on emer­gency ser­vices dur­ing this crit­i­cal pe­riod, com­ple­ment­ing the ex­cel­lent di­ver­sion­ary work the po­lice and fire ser­vice al­ready carry out and mak­ing sure peo­ple can en­joy the cel­e­bra­tions dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son.

“For this year’s suc­cess­ful or­gan­i­sa­tions, even a small cash boost can make a huge dif­fer­ence and will en­able them to run some fan­tas­tic grass­roots projects which re­ally en­gage with young peo­ple’s imag­i­na­tions while keep­ing them safe.”

A to­tal of 51 ap­pli­ca­tions were re­ceived for fund­ing, amount­ing to re­quests for more than £184,000. The bids were re­viewed by a panel from the Com­mis­sioner’s of­fice and the Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion for Mersey­side, who man­age the fund on the PCC’s be­half.

The PPA fund is ad­min­is­tered by the Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion for Mersey­side, (CFM) on be­half of the Com­mis­sioner. CFM holds funds from phil­an­thropic in­di­vid­u­als and or­gan­i­sa­tions who wish to sup­port de­serv­ing causes in Mersey­side and Lan­cashire.

CFM’s com­mu­nity phi­lan­thropy man­ager James Proc­tor said: “This fund is very pop­u­lar and the de­ci­sion mak­ing panel had some ex­tremely dif­fi­cult choices to make with so many valu­able projects pre­sented. We feel the projects sup­ported will make a huge im­pact in com­mu­ni­ties at this time of the year and wish them every suc­cess.”

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on in­for­ma­tion on the Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion please visit our web­site www.cfmersey­side.org. uk”

Bon­fire night: four projects are re­ceiv­ing cash to steer young peo­ple away from crime and anti-so­cial be­hav­iour

Jane Kennedy

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