Providing young people an opportunity to develop social skills
After receiving funding from his Community Action Fund, the Blackburn with Darwen Youth Awareness Project has helped at least ten into employment, ten into training and more have been signposted to training opportunities and other support services if needed, for example around mental health and drugs or alcohol addiction.
Providing drop in sessions across the Audley and Queens Park ward in Blackburn, the programme provides young people an opportunity to develop social skills and employability and helps to develop positive progression in their lives.
Meeting those involved in the project at their latest session and hearing about how young people have benefited, the Commissioner said:
“It has been great to meet the team and see what the project is doing here, talking to young people who otherwise may not be as willing to engage and helping them get support and highlight opportunities.
“This is exactly what my Community Action Fund is all about, supporting local groups who are aware of local needs and what will help in their area and address local concerns.
“Building safe and confident communities in a key priority in my Police and Crime Plan and projects like this provide real value for money and make a big difference across the county.
Mohammed Kathrada, Project development & Volunteer Manager at Blackburn with Darwen Youth Awareness Project said:
“The grant received from the Community Action Fund, not only provided the project with the ability to provide Advice and Guidance to young people around drugs & alcohol and mental health issues and signposting to local services but also provide support around education, employment, training and volunteering.”
One young person who took part in the project said:
“I can’t believe the support I have received since August last year when I found out about the Youth Awareness Project by a friend of mine.
“I went and met with Imran who provided me a lot of support in finding out the right benefit entitlement to helping me in putting together a CV and applying for a part time job.”
For more details about the Community Action Fund, including funding criteria and how to apply, visit the CAF section of the Commissioners website https://www.lancashire-pcc.gov.uk/our-money/grant-funding/community-action-fund/