Com­mis­sioner’s cash sup­port for bor­ough projects

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FOUR projects for young and old alike across Run­corn and Widnes have been awarded grants by Cheshire’s po­lice and crime com­mis­sioner.

David Keane an­nounced which schemes were to ben­e­fit from this year’s Safer Com­mu­ni­ties Fund on De­cem­ber 24.

They are: Age Con­cern Mid Mersey, Run­corn Youth Zone, Vil­lage Life and The Vik­ings Sports Foun­da­tion.

The max­i­mum grant is £5,000 and projects must sup­port crime pre­ven­tion.

Age Con­cern Mid-Mersey was awarded the full amount for its Good Neigh­bour Project, which will be run by Age Con­cern, Hal­ton Safe­guard­ing Part­ner­ship and Hal­ton Bor­ough Coun­cil and will aim to make the area safer by iden­ti­fy­ing and deal­ing with is­sues such as ‘county lines’ drug sup­ply and hate crime.

Run­corn Shop­ping City has also been awarded the full £5,000 to fur­nish Run­corn Youth Zone, which was re­cently launched in a for­mer gym in the cen­tre and is aimed to give young peo­ple an al­ter­na­tive to en­gag­ing in anti-so­cial be­hav­iour.

The Vik­ings Sports Foun­da­tion in Widnes is to re­ceive £3,900 for its En­gage project in six lo­ca­tions across Hal­ton, us­ing sport to break down bar­ri­ers with young peo­ple and pro­vide a chance for the po­lice and other agen­cies such as the fire ser­vice to in­ter­act with them.

The fourth grant is £980 for Run­corn-based Vil­lage Life to sup­port its work run­ning events at Castle­fields Com­mu­nity Cen­tre to re­duce so­cial iso­la­tion in the Hal­ton Cas­tle ward, with two events planned in 2019 for more than 60 older res­i­dents to bring them to­gether to cre­ate friend­ships and sign­post them to other sup­port ser­vices if needed.

Thir­teen schemes in to­tal across Cheshire are be­ing awarded cash in the lat­est round of fund­ing.

Mr Keane said: “I’m pleased to have been able ● to award fund­ing from my Safer Com­mu­ni­ties Fund to even more or­gan­i­sa­tions which are work­ing tire­lessly to make Cheshire even safer.

“We’ve seen un­prece­dented in­ter­est in this year’s fund with a whole raft of ap­pli­cants com­mit­ted to de­liv­er­ing projects which pre­vent crime and anti-so­cial be­hav­iour or sup­port vic­tims and vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple.

“This fund is about em­pow­er­ing lo­cal peo­ple, giv­ing sup­port to lo­cal projects and mak­ing our lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties safer.

“The sup­port of our com­mu­nity part­ners and lo­cal peo­ple is help­ing po­lice tackle is­sues at their root cause.”

Karl Claw­ley, Run­corn Shop­ping City man­ager, said: “The project to give young peo­ple a safe haven to come along and chill with their friends is some- thing we have been try­ing to de­liver for a while.

“Work­ing with var­i­ous part­ners in­clud­ing Trust Ford, Youth Ad­dac­tion, Hal­ton Bor­ough Coun­cil and Cheshire po­lice, we have been able to open a 5,000 sq ft unit equipped with a film, study and youth zone.

“We re­ally ap­pre­ci­ated the com­mis­sioner’s con­tri­bu­tion to fund­ing the fa­cil­ity.”

Mark Lun­ney, Age UK Mid Mersey chief ex­ec­u­tive and Hal­ton Safe­guard­ing Part­ner­ship chair­man, said: “Hal­ton Safe­guard­ing Part­ner­ship fo­rum mem­bers, sup­ported by Hal­ton Coun­cil, are de­lighted to ben­e­fit from this grant.

“It will al­low us to reach out to hun­dreds of groups and or­gan­i­sa­tions across Hal­ton and sur­round­ing ar­eas to raise greater aware­ness of com­mu­nity co­he­sion cre­at­ing a safer place to live for all ages, and par­tic­u­larly those most vul­ner­a­ble”

Richard Mun­son, of The Vik­ings Sports Foun­da­tion, said: “On be­half of The Vik­ings Sports Foun­da­tion, I would like to thank the po­lice and crime com­mis­sioner for his sup­port in fund­ing the project. En­gage will see coaches from Vik­ings en­gage lo­cal young peo­ple in tar­get­ing sport and phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity in­ter­ven­tions in their lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“We can’t wait to get un­der way with this key ini­tia­tive.” ●

Karl Claw­ley, Run­corn Shop­ping City man­ager, and David Keane, Cheshire’s po­lice and crime com­mis­sioner, shake hands af­ter the PCC awarded fund­ing to the Run­corn Youth Zone project based at the shop­ping cen­tre

Castle­fields Com­mu­nity Cen­tre

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