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Young people to benefit as Commissioner hands out £7k in grants

18 March, 2016

Projects getting young people involved in sports and other activities in Lancashire are among the latest to benefit from the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Community Action Fund.

Clive Grunshaw has awarded a total of £7,220 to four organisations in Preston, Fleetwood, and Blackburn as part of the scheme, which offers small grants to groups whose work helps achieve the priorities set out in his Police and Crime Plan.

LocalPolicing2The successful applicants will use the money to support activity sessions aimed at young people, which will help achieve the Commissioner’s aim of tackling crime and anti-social behaviour.

Groups were able to bid for grants of up to £2,500 for projects that: support victims of crime, protect vulnerable people, defend frontline policing or tackle crime and anti-social behaviour.

The latest groups to have been awarded money as part of the scheme are:

  • Corporation Park Bowling Association, Blackburn – £820 to hold an open day for local community as well invite youngsters to take part in eight taster session aimed at encouraging them to take up the activity
  • Fishwick Rangers Youth Development Scheme, Preston – £1,500 towards the cost of a holiday scheme for 40 vulnerable youths at risk of committing crime that allows them to take part in a range of activities including ice skating and go-karting
  • Westview Football Team, Fleetwood – £2,500 towards the cost of developing a residents’ football team, mostly made up of local unemployed young men, and a junior mixed team which will train weekly
  • Greater Preston Sports Group, Preston – £2,400 to fund two football sessions a week for young people, working alongside the Preston Community Safety Partnership, targeted at areas where ‘risk-taking behaviour’ is increasing

Clive Grunshaw, Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “I am pleased to have been able to support these groups and the good work they are doing in their communities.

“Tackling crime and anti-social behaviour is one of my priorities and this money will fund four projects working with young people that help to do that. This year I have awarded more than £90,000 from my Community Action Fund to support a wide range of schemes that all contribute to make Lancashire a safe place to live.”

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