Grants Awarded 2013

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Blackpool Duke of Edinburgh Open Access Group, Blackpool

Blackpool Duke of Edinburgh Open Access Group is a group which caters for young people who are referred to it through Youth Offending Teams, Youth Support Workers, Schools and other agencies.
The group will use its £1,800 grant to purchase eight bicycles and associated equipment, which will help the group’s young members to complete the skill, physical and expedition elements of their Duke of Edinburgh awards.
And, when the DoE scheme isn’t using the equipment, the bicycles will be made available to other charitable youth groups and the Council’s Targeted Youth Team.

Project BME Lancashire – “Peacock Project”

Project BME’s Peacock Project will use its £1,800 to fund a series of monthly workshop sessions to raise awareness of hate crime in the South Asian Community. As well as examining hate crime related to culture and religion, the sessions will also look at the issue of homophobic crime within the community.

Rossall Beach Residents & Community Group, Fleetwood

Rossall Beach Residents and Community Group will use its £1000 grant to buy a new CCTV to tackle problems caused by anti-social behaviour and criminal damage in the Rossall Beach area. The camera will support the work the community group has done with the police, local authority, Probation Trust and local schools to tackle these issues.

Hate Crime Hub

Hate Crime Hub has received £900 to support the delivery of Hate Crime Awareness training to schools in the Blackburn and Darwen areas.

Preston Domestic Violence Services

Preston Domestic Violence Services have a grant of £2000 towards their Nadzieja Service – Polish language domestic abuse support service.

Disability Equality (NW) Ltd

Disability Equality (NW) Ltd has received a £1,700 grant to provide “Tackling disability hate crime” training sessions.

Red Rose Recovery/West Lancashire CVS

A grant of £1,250 has been made to the Red Rose Recovery Community Hub to support the group’s work in its first six months.

Reformed for Life, Preston

Reformed for Life has been awarded £1,300 to cover the cost of sessional workers and the promotion of a programme in the Preston area to target ex-offenders and those at risk of offending in order to move them away from criminal behaviour.

Ikram Patel, founding director of the project said, said: “We offer one-to-one support for ex-offenders, serving convicts and those people at risk of offending through tailor-made support packages designed to  reduce reoffending.

“The aim of this project which we’re putting together is community engagement, breaking down barriers and helping to re-integrate the people we work with.”

Just Good Friends, St Annes

The St Annes-based project Just Good Friends has been awarded £500 to fund the hire of a new venue and associated running costs, meaning it will now be able to operate on Fridays as well as Saturdays.

The group provides support for lonely, isolated and vulnerable people and founder Bev Sykes said: “The group is all about bringing the community together to help each other. It’s absolutely brilliant and it’s doing so well I want it to grow and grow.”

Henthorn and District Youth Activities Group, Clitheroe

Henthorn and Distrcit Youth Activities Group has been awarded £1,750 for its “Mechanics” project, which supports work with young people who are struggling at school or are on the fringes of crime or anti-social behaviour.

The project will allow them to develop basic car mechanic skills, and Melrose Diack, who runs the group, said: “It’s going to be a rewarding experience – not many young people get to do mechanics with professionals. We are absolutely delighted to get the grant and it will make a big difference, especially to young people who are struggling academically.”

Longridge Community Gym

A grant of £1,500 has been awarded to Longridge Community Gym and will be used to match-fund a scheme which gives 12-25-year-olds free access to the gym on Friday nights.

The project started as a way of reducing anti-social behaviour in the area, and gym manager Angela Harrison said: “Friday night used to be quite a peak time for young people hanging around on the streets and incidents of anti-social behaviour (ASB).

“The police have noticed there has been a big change in levels of anti-social behaviour because people are coming to the centre.”

Skelmersdale Action for Youth, Skelmersdale

Skelmersdale Action for Youth has received a grant of £1,500 for its Community Working Together project

Preston United Youth Development Programme, Preston

A grant of £1,250 has been made to the Preston United Youth Development Programme to fund its Stay Safe scheme.

Lancaster Boys and Girl’s Club, Lancaster

A community festival fun day will be hosted by Lancaster Boys and Girl’s Club as part of the club’s Make a Positive Change Programme, which has been handed a grant of £1,430 from the Community Action Fund.


Aspire’s Youngadaction, Thrill Seekers, programme has been awarded £1,500.

Ingol and Tanterton Community Trust, Preston

The Community Trust has been awarded a £1,250 grant towards its outreach project.

Galloway’s Society for the Blind

The society’s Stay Safe in a Vulnerable World project has been awarded a grant of £650.

Cheets not Streets, Blackburn

Cheets not Streets has been handed a £2,000 grant from the Community Action Fund to fund a summer project based in the Wensleyfold area of Blackburn.

The area is one of the most deprived in the borough, and the project will provide day trips and diversionary activities to help reduce anti-social behaviour.

Project development manager John Roberts said: “During the summer months we have traditionally had problems with the 11-15-year-olds in the area, hanging around on street corners and participating in under-age drinking and smoking.

“We have a particular problem because the local youth club is closed and there are no facilities for young people in the area. The money from the commissioner will allow us to organise trips, which make a big impression on the kids.”

AFC Fylde in the Community, Fylde

AFC Fylde in the Community plan to use their £1,500 grant to run summer sports sessions for young people across the borough.

The Fit 4 Summer programme aims to take sports activities to the main towns and the borough’s outlying areas, and will run every evening throughout the summer holidays.

Tom Hutton, director of community development, said: “In the past a lot of organisations have just focused activities on Lytham and St Annes, but it’s a bigger borough than that and it is important future projects are borough wide.

“We aim to combat anti-social behaviour and target drug and alcohol misuse and hopefully it will be a worthwhile summer project.”

Clitheroe Youth Forum, Clitheroe

A grant of £1,250 is heading to Clitheroe Youth Forum to help fund a one-year programme to provide Positive Activities for youngsters in the area.

The aim of the project is to divert young people away from anti-social behaviour, underage drinking and drug use, and organiser Melrose Diack said: “We are still looking for match-funding but I am absolutely delighted we have secured half the funding.

“The young people will really benefit.”

Dall Street Residents’ Association, Burnley

The Dall Street Residents’ Association will use its £1,500 to purchase sports and games equipment for the youngsters who attend sessions at the Burnley Wood Community Centre.

The scheme will tackle youth anti-social behaviour and related issues in the area, and project manager Karen Heseltine said: “The project is ongoing and will be here as much as the youngsters want to use it.

“During the school holidays we will do training with qualified sport instructors, and this sports equipment will really help us. The children are always complaining there’s nothing to do, and now there will be.”

The Fraser Street Project, Burnley

A grant of £1,500 has gone to The Fraser Street Project, in Burnley, to support its 12-week Get Me Out of Here summer project.

The project aims to engage young people in positive activities to tackle anti-social behaviour and criminal damage issues.

Fran Monk, from the project, said: “We run a voluntary community centre and earlier this year we had closure threats because we couldn’t raise any money toward paying the rent.

“Rent and utilities obviously come first which leaves us with a problem finding funds to spend on the young people – we get them into the building but when they’ve done the same thing week after week they start getting bored and go and get up to mischief.

“The money will allow us to support some staff to run workshops chosen by the young people, and organise some trips out.”

Penwortham Community Club, Penwortham

Penwortham Community Club has been awarded £360 toward its programme of summer activities in the Kingsfold Drive area.

The club plans to run treasure hunts around the town for 13 – 19-year-olds, encouraging them to find out facts about Penwortham and attend various organised events in order to win prizes ranging from swimming vouchers to Kindles.

Steve Caswell, from the club, said: “We are having a treasure hunt for 13 – 19-year-olds over the school holidays and the money is predominantly for prizes.

“We had a problem a couple of years ago with young people meeting in the park, and the idea of this is to get them to do something rather than just sitting in the park.

“They were meeting in large numbers and we want to give them something constructive to do and they will learn more about their area. The money will really make a difference.”

Sahara in Preston, Preston

Sahara in Preston provide support and advice services for women from the Asian community who are affected by domestic abuse and violence.

The charity is aware of some of the unique circumstances surrounding domestic abuse and violence within the Asian community, and has been granted £1,500 to provide counselling sessions for those affected.

The money will fund 75 in-depth counselling sessions over a 12-month period, and centre manager Zafar Coupland said: “We are delighted that the Police and Crime Commissioner is supporting this very worthwhile project which will greatly assist women who are the victims of domestic violence.

“We rely on grants like this for our work, and this particular project is called Making A Difference.”

Mill Hill Football Club, Blackburn

Mill Hill Football Club operates in the Mill Hill area of Blackburn, which has high levels of anti-social behaviour and youth related problems.

Around 150-160 youngsters are part of the club’s junior teams, while there are also two disabled teams and a senior team making use of the club’s ground, which is on a long-term lease of the council.

The club has been handed a grant of £1,000 toward a new tractor mower, which will help with the upkeep of the facilities, and Peter Fryer said: “We made the application to purchase a ride-on mower and equipment to help with the upkeep of the pitch.

“A lot of the community are involved with the club and we have our ground on a long-term lease from the council.

“The club makes quite a difference because it’s quite a deprived area and there’s not very much for young people to do, so it helps to keep them off the streets.”

Lancashire Council of Mosques, Lancashire

A grant of £1,800 has been awarded to the Lancashire Council of Mosques, in order to allow it to run two seminars focusing on child protection in Supplementary Islamic Schools.

The first session will be run in Preston, and the aim of the seminars is to raise awareness and provide safeguarding training for those working with young people in mosques and madrasahs.

The seminars will be open to imams, teachers and mosque committee members, and Ismaeel Nakhuda, centre manager for the Lancashire Council of Mosques, said: “We are organising a couple of sessions for the benefit of mosque teachers around their roles and responsibilities with regard to children in their care, and to promote good practice.

“The grant will go toward holding these two events in conjunction with Lancashire Constabulary and Lancashire County Council, and we are hoping just in preston to reach about 300 mosque teachers.

“It will be an excellent venue for interacting and networking and speakers will include local imams, so it’s a very grass-roots initiative. Having their involvement sends out a very strong message that this is money which is being used in an excellent fashion to help the community with safeguarding at a grass-roots level.”

Sir Tom Finney Soccer Development Centre, Preston

The Sir Tom Finney Soccer Development Centre, based at the University of Central Lancashire’s Sports Arena in Cottam, Preston, has been awarded £2,000 for its four week summer school.

The money will enable the centre, a registered charity, to offer subsidised places on the coaching scheme to youngsters age six to 16 who might otherwise miss out on fun, constructive activities during their summer holidays.

Charity chairman Peter Mason said: “The summer school brings different youngsters from different communities together socially.

“We also have police officers and PCSOs presenting certificates, so it breaks down barriers there. We think the money is making a real difference, and the summer school deflects youngsters from potentially becoming involved in anti-social

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