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Our Lancashire continues to grow as Commissioner visits Chorley Community Hub

16 January, 2020

Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner has  praised the important role that community hubs play in bringing neighbourhoods together and helping engage people who may otherwise be lonely or more vulnerable, on a visit to Chorley Amateur Boxing Club.

Clive Grunshaw visited the club to see first-hand how they engage with the local community and support those who attend sessions. 

This is after he officially launched Our Lancashire late last year, with a celebration event attended by around 400 people from across the county.

The new initiative, which is supported by public services and organisations across Lancashire, acts as a one stop shop for groups and events and aims to make the county the social action capital of the UK.

Supported by engagement officers, who also visited the Chorley based club, the aim is to engage vulnerable people and also build more confident communities, both key priorities in the Commissioner’s Police and Crime Plan.

He said:

“There is so much great work being delivered by community groups across Lancashire and I’m delighted that since I was first elected in 2012 I have been able to support organisations who are engaging people, strengthening and bringing together our neighbourhoods and engaging with vulnerable people.

“Our Lancashire builds on this work and the work of the Lancashire Volunteer Partnership, with the team putting a huge amount of effort to supporting this already fast growing social action network which is already benefiting our communities.

“Supporting a range of activities that act as diversionary activity alongside other groups which offer a form of social prescribing to improve an individual’s wellbeing or act as a hub within their own areas, I am excited to see Our Lancashire go from strength to strength and continue making a difference.”

Michael Graves, senior coach at Chorley Amateur Boxing Club said:

“It was great to be involved in the launch of Our Lancashire and it’s exciting to be part of something which is aimed at engaging people who may otherwise be lonely, have not much else to do or more vulnerable, which is something that is already part of what we do here.

“Having the Commissioner visit and see what we do and how we are at the heart of our community here in Chorley is really good and we’re excited to be involved in Our Lancashire as it grows and strengthens communities.”

To find out more about Our Lancashire, visit www.ourlancashire.org.uk

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