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Commissioner praises project to reduce reoffending

5 August, 2016

Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner  Clive Grunshaw has praised the work of AFC Fylde Community Foundation to prevent and reduce offending behaviour across the region.

The Positive Pathways programme, which was awarded £20,000 by the Commissioner, aims to change the lives of young people and adults who have previously committed offences, and others who are at risk of offending crimes.
Clive Grunshaw meets Aaron Asquith and Chris McNally at Positive Pathways project 1

The programme, which is delivered across Fylde in partnership with the Lancashire and Cumbria Community Rehabilitation Company, provides individuals with access to education, advice and support to encourage positive attitudes and change behaviour in the community.

In a recent visit, Mr Grunshaw met Positive Pathways participant, Aaron Asquith, at one of the programme’s schemes in Lytham.

Speaking about the Positive Pathways programme during his visit, Clive Grunshaw, Lancashire police and prime commissioner, said: “Meeting Aaron gave me the chance to see for myself how projects like this can make a real difference and help turn people’s lives around.

“Credit must go to everyone involved in the scheme for the good work it is doing in the community. This is a fantastic example of how funding from my office along with support from community safety partners can be used to tackle crime and reduce reoffending, which is one of the key priorities in my police and crime plan.

“I was delighted to have the chance to see first-hand how the money has been put to good use to help improve lives and keep Lancashire safe.”

Clive Grunshaw meets Aaron Asquith and Chris McNally at Postitive Pathways programme 2Aaron, 32, from Blackpool, has carried out valued work in the community since joining the project in May. This has included painting fences for local residents and acting as a mentor to other participants.

Having now completed the project, Aaron is looking for employment in the local area and has been supported in his job search by AFC Fylde Community Foundation’s extended services lead, Chris McNally.

Since the programme launched in 2015, over 100 young people and adults have participated in the project at sites across Fylde.

Tom Hutton, director of community development at the AFC Fylde Community Foundation, added: “As the delivery partner for Positive Pathways, AFC Fylde Community Foundation is committed to providing programmes which help support and protect young people in the region.

“We remain focused on addressing key issues, such as anti-social behaviour, in the heart of our communities where initiatives like this can have the biggest impact.”

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