Commissioner hears how grant is helping young people engage in their community10 August, 2018
Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner heard how young people have been learning about the importance of engaging in their community and tackling issues in their neighbourhood, after a volunteer organisation received funding from his Community Action Fund.
The Cue Foundation’s ‘Cue Youth Engagement’ project in Nelson has seen over 20 young people get involved in weekly sessions which highlight how they can make their communities better and the importance of getting involved – including a trip to Parliament.
This has seen the group discuss ways they can make their area a better place to live, building on the fundraising work they are also doing for a variety of charities during the course of 2018.
Since forming 18 months ago, the Cue Foundation’s objectives have been improving health and wellbeing and the area where they live.
The Commissioner visited to hear first-hand from young people what they have learnt so far through the project, and how this is being taken out into the local area in a positive way.
“It was great to visit this project and see for myself the impact that it is having in the local community. Seeing so many people come together to celebrate the work that this group of young people have been doing is really encouraging and is what my Community Action Fund is all about.
“As well as offering a number of opportunities they would otherwise not have, it keeps young people off the streets and doing something positive, meaning they are less likely to become a victim of crime or get involved in crime, such as anti-social behaviour.
“Building safe and confident communities is a key priority in my police and crime plan and it is clear that providing these small grants to organisations that know their areas and how to improve them, delivers real value for money and are making a big difference across Lancashire.
Chairperson Shahid Hussain said: “Firstly we would like to thank Mr Clive Grunshaw the Police Commissioner for taking time out of his busy schedule to come and meet with us.
“His visit was well received by all our volunteers and they particularly enjoyed sharing with him the positive contributions they have made to their local community.”