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Cash windfall to benefit communities

14 August, 2014

SPORTING youngsters are spending the summer honing their skills on the football pitch and getting active outdoors thanks to Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner’s Community Action Fund.

Clive Grunshaw has handed out another £9,500 of grants – including three to organisations working hard to get youngsters active across Lancashire.

The AFC Fylde Community Foundation, the Inter Madrassah Organisation  and the Sir Tom Finney Preston Soccer Centre have all been successful in their bids for funding towards sports activities, while ACT at the Cheethams Ltd and Callon Kids Community Club will be providing a range of activities designed to keep youngsters off the streets this summer thanks to the Commissioner’s funding.

The Commissioner said: “The long summer holidays can be particularly difficult for parents, and that is why I am so delighted to have been able to offer funding to these groups, who are working hard to keep kids active, occupied and out of trouble.

“The volunteers who put so much effort into these schemes are to be praised for the work they are doing within their communities, which is absolutely invaluable. I want to see my Community Action Fund spent on projects which support my key priorities, which include reducing crime and anti-social behaviour and protecting vulnerable people.

“If we can achieve that at grass-roots level within Lancashire’s communities, it will help make them safer, happier places for all our residents.”

The AFC Fylde Community Foundation has received £1,750 for its work to provide sporting activities within areas of St Annes, Warton, Freckleton and Wesham which have been identified by the local Community Safety Partnership as having issues with youth-related anti-social behaviour. Sessions have been running over the summer holidays, and the project aims to cut youth-related anti-social behaviour by 5 per cent.

In Preston, The Sir Tom Finney Preston Soccer Centre has received a grant of £2,000 toward the cost of venue and equipment hire for its summer soccer school, which aims to provide football coaching for young people from disadvantaged and financially challenged families.

And in Blackburn, the Inter Madrassah Organisation has been awarded £2,000 toward the cost of the 9th Annual Multi-Faith Football Tournament. The tournament takes place on Saturday, August 30 and encourages young people from different faith and cultural backgrounds to mix together and better appreciate each other’s values and beliefs.

The Callon Kids Community Club operates in the Fishwick, St Matthews and Ribbleton wards of Preston, and has received £1,750 towards its Positive Activities Programme.

The programme consists of volunteer-led activities and also offers young people the chance to engage in volunteering work and provide peer support and mentoring opportunities. And, thank to the Community Action Fund grant, the club has also organised off-site activities to enable youngsters from deprived and disadvantaged families to enjoy a wider range of activities.

Finally, Act at the Cheethams Ltd, which is based in Blackburn, has been awarded £2,000 for its Cheets Not Streets programme.

The scheme aims to reduce anti-social behaviour and provides young people with activities every Friday and Saturday night throughout the summer, and also arranges trips out for deprived and disadvantaged youngsters.

To find out more about the Community Action Fund and how to apply visit www.lancashire-pcc.gov.uk.

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