Grants Awarded 2014

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ACT at the Cheethams, Blackburn

ACT at the Cheethams received £2,250 for its Cheets Not Streets programme for summer 2014. The programme provides diversionary activities for young people in the Wensleyfold area, primarily on Friday and Saturday nights, with the aim of reducing anti-social behaviour. The money will also allow for off-site trips, which mean children from disadvantaged families will get the chance to take part in activities and visits they might ordinarily miss out on.

Callon Kids’ Club – Preston

The Commissioner has awarded £2,270 to the Callon Kids’ Club to fund a range of summer diversionary activities for children and young people to run three days a week during the school summer holidays.

The activities will also be used to engage young people in volunteering work to provide peer support and mentoring opportunities, and also to give children from deprived families access to a wider range of activities.

The AFC Fylde Community Foundation

AFC Fylde’s Community Foundation has been awarded £1,920 to fund its Summer Festival of Sport, providing sports activities for young people in areas of the Fylde which have high levels of ASB.

The aim of the project is to reduce ASB in the areas by 5 per cent, and the funding will pay for qualified sports coaches to run the activities.

Inter-Madrassah Organisation

The Inter-Madrassah Organisation has been awarded £2,500 towards its 9th Annual Multi-Faith Football Tournament.

This regular event aims to bring young people from a range of backgrounds across Lancashire together, and encourages them to mix together and better appreciate each other.

The Friends of Rose School, Burnley

Rose School provides a residential facility and support to young people with behavioural, emotional, social or learning needs. These young people are often involved in anti-social behaviour outside of school, and this £1,500 grant will fund a project to take them away from their usual environment and help them address some of the issues which lead to that.
A number of the young people have been affected by issues such as domestic abuse and are victims as well as perpetrators.

The Windrush Initiative, Preston

The Windrush Initiative has been awarded a grant of £1,500 to fund a project to tackle knife crime, The Handle.
The money will be used to transform a three-day training package into a one day session to be delivered in four high schools in Preston. The session will help youngsters recognise the role of bullying in gang culture, understand the effects of knife crime on others, anger management and learn about improving relationships with the police.

Luv Preston Youth Bus Project, Preston

A grant of £1065 has been awarded to support the youth bus project in the Ashton park area of Preston to provide a safe and positive alternative activity for young people. The bus allows youngsters to learn new skills such as photography, woodworking and music production, and signposts young people to other external agencies for further support if necessary.

Fusion Youth and Community Youth Cafe, Preston

Fusion Youth and Community have received a grant of £1000 to help with the cost of venue hire and resources for their weekly drop-in style youth cafe. The cafe provides a safe place and support for vulnerable young people in Preston’s Broadfield area, many of whom are dealing with issues such as drug and alcohol abuse.

The White Horse Project, Rossendale

The White Horse Project is a youth project set up to tackle ASB and youth nuisance in the Whitewell ward of Rossendale on Friday evenings. A grant of £1500 has been awarded toward the cost of the project, which engages up to 60 young people a week in positive activities and signposts them to other activities at the centre on other days of the week.

Saheliyaan Asian Women’s Forum

A grant of £1800 has been awarded to allow the forum to run a series of workshop sessions for South Asian men tackling issues of physical, emotional, financial and cultural abuse. The sessions will also explore issues relating to the impact of domestic abuse on children and the wider family.

Keep Safe Summer Day, Darwen

Funding of £240 has been approved to support the Summer Fun 4 All community event for children, young people and their families. The event is supported by a range of agencies including police, Lancashire Constabulary, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, the Air Ambulance and Lifeboats to raise awareness of how to keep safe and have fun during the summer holidays.

Broadgate Youth ASB project, Preston

The Broadgate Youth ASB project has been awarded £1500 for a project aimed at reducing anti-social behaviour in the area, which was identified as an issue at local PACT meetings. The project will target an identified group of young people who are at risk of or already are offending and enable them to access diversionary activities. The funding will cover the costs of coaching sessions for a 35-week period. A small group of young people have been identified who are either at risk of offending or already taking part in offending behaviour. The project will enable those young people to access diversionary activities in the Preston area and cover the costs of coaching sessions for a 35 week period.

Out and About, Youth-led LGBT Group

The Out and About group aims to tackle homophobic bullying and abuse, which can lead victims to self-harm or attempt suicide.
The group – which has been granted £2000 – supports young people through a youth and community worker, and participants are currently designing an educational resource pack to take into schools.

Get Involved In The Community, Skelmersdale

This project has been granted funding of £2000 to provide a range of activities to engage and work with young people who are at risk of offending.  SAY work with the local authority, Police and Fire & Rescue and some of the programme will focus on key times such as Mischief Night and Bonfire Night.

Creative Minds – Break Through Project, Blackburn

The Break Through Project benefitted from a grant of £1750.  Their aim is to engage children and young people from the Highercroft area of Blackburn in a range of activities focussed around the school holiday periods. Activities will aim at challenging negative behaviour and provide a wide range of opportunities for the young people to take part in positive activities.

Tramshed Theatre Company – Make  Change, Blackpool

The Commissioner has awarded a grant of £2000 to The TramShed Theatre Company.  They run sessions over a 7 month period that are open to all residents in the Blackpool and Wyre area but focusses on individuals who would not normally engage or take part in local activities. The sessions address a range of issues and concerns raised by local people, including topics such as ASB, community safety, crime prevention etc.

The project will tackle these issue through the use of a range of performing arts leading up to a Production in July 2015.

Nelson FC In The Community, Nelson & Pendle

A grant of £2000 was awarded for a 16 week sports coaching programme for young people who are currently engaged in anti-social behaviour. The programme aims to train some of the young people as community champions to increase involvement in the programme.  This programme will link into the on-going work in the Pendle area and assist in the provision of alternative activities for young people.

IQRA Education Trust – Not in My Name Project, Preston

The project is to provide an interactive session to work with Muslim children and young people to discuss issues related to radicalisation and the ISIS situation in Iraq and Syria. The project will emphasise the importance of living together as one community and value the differences that exist within the community in a positive way. The grant of £500 was awarded.

Volunteer Burnley – Active Street, Burnley

Funding of £1500 has been approved to support the Active Streets programme which will provide a range of diversionary activities for young people from areas within the borough identified as ASB and arson hot spots. The project will work with the Space Bus and use the new all-weather pitch. The project aims to engage between 50 and 100 young people each week.

Longridge Yough Gym – Youth Gym & Urban Sports, Longridge

The project which provides a range of sporting activities on a Friday evening for young people, has been awarded a grant of £1325.  These young people have been identified by the Police as at risk of being involved in ASB or criminal damage.

STAR Centre – Sanctury & Safety Project, Rossendale

The STAR Centre secured a grant for £2500.  The project provides security checks and items for victims of domestic abuse to enable them to remain within their own homes.  Rossendale does not have any refuge provision so this service is vital to ensuring that victims can safely remain in the area if they wish.

This can positively contribute to their ability to recover and enables families to be kept together reducing the impact of domestic abuse on children.

The Love and Etiqette Foundation, Preston

The Love and Etiqette Foundation secured a grant of £1600 for thier project which uses arts and music to engage and educate offenders and helps them to connect with the local community, through a mentoring scheme.

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