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More grants for community groups

12 November, 2014

YOUNGSTERS are set to become community champions after Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner approved his latest round of Community Action Fund grants.

Nelson FC in the Community will put its £2000 grant toward a scheme which aims to provide football coaching to a group of deprived youngsters in the town, and turn them into ‘community champions’ with the aim of reducing anti-social behaviour.The scheme, which will run for 16-weeks, is one of four projects which Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw has agreed to fund.

Blackpool-based theatre company TramShed, Creative Minds in Blackburn and Skelmersdale Action for Youth (S.A.Y) have also been successful in their applications to the fund.

The Commissioner said: “I am delighted to have funded four more projects which will benefit communities across Lancashire.

“The aim of my fund is to make a real difference to Lancashire’s communities – not just for those people involved in the projects, but also the wider community who will benefit from the positive outcomes these schemes aim to deliver.

“I am committed to helping organisations which are striving to improve their neighbourhoods at grass-roots level, and are harnessing community-spirit to improve their local areas for everyone. This could be by tackling crime and anti-social behaviour, or by improving outcomes for vulnerable people.

“I wish these projects the best of luck and I hope they make a real difference.”

TramShed – based at Montgomery High School in Bispham – has been awarded £2,000 to fund an eight month project to deliver specialised workshops to children, young people and adults from minority groups, with the aim of staging an original production at the end.

The group aims to tackle issues around disability discrimination and hate crime, and actively involve people who may not normally engage with the arts or be excluded from other activities for a variety of reasons.

Blackburn-based Creative Minds has been awarded £1750 towards its Break Through project, which will deliver holiday activities for young people living in Highercroft – one of the most deprived areas of the UK.

The scheme aims to offer the young people the chance to discover new activities such as martial arts, street dance and animation with the aim of reducing anti-social behaviour.

And Skelmersdale Action For Youth has been awarded £2000 for its Get Involved in the Community project, which aims to provide activities for youngsters with the aim of reducing crime and tackling issues such as hoax fire service calls, ASB and alcohol misuse.

The group will also encourage the local community to get involved in the activities in a bid to break down barriers and promote mutual respect between different generations of residents.

To find out more about the Community Action Fund, and how your group can apply for a grant, visit the Community Action Fund pages.  

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