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Weekly Edition - Published 9 May 2015


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Commissioner awards funding to groups that help tackle crime, reoffending and anti social behaviour

COMMUNITY groups across Lancashire have been awarded almost £9,000 of funding from the Police and Crime Commissioner's Community Action Fund. Clive Grunshaw has given the money to 6 organisations that work towards helping him achieve his Police and Crime priorities. The funding will help disadvantaged youngsters stay away from crime and anti social behaviour.

Mr Grunshaw said:- "I'm delighted to be able to support these projects, which I hope will make a real difference to the lives of vulnerable people in Lancashire."

Among the organisations to be granted funding is the Callon Kid Community Club, in Preston. It has been awarded £1,700 to provide a Positive Activities Programme. It will take place over for weeks in the school summer holidays and allow children, who are among the most disadvantaged and socially excluded, in the Callon, Fishwick and St Matthew's areas of the City get involved in activities 3 days a week.

In Central Lancashire, the Too Many Cooks scheme will be run by the eQuality Time group with £1,760 of funding from Mr Grunshaw. The literacy intervention programme works with groups, particularly young people at risk of offending. Organisers will work with youngsters for a week to help them create a novel. On the final day, their book will be published and sold on the internet.

The Friends of Eastpines Park, in Blackpool, will use its £2,000 grant to provide a Football Kicks programme. Training sessions will be held on Monday and Friday evenings, for 12 months, for young people aged 7 to 19 from Bispham, Anchorsholme and Cleveleys.

Youth facilities at Mill Hill Community Football Club will be improved thanks to a £500 cash injection from the Commissioner's Community Action Fund. Organisers will use the money to buy a mower and strimmer, which will allow the centre to continue running its football teams.

The New Opportunity Festival, which will be run by Sports Opportunity Foundation, is to benefit from £1,000 from the Commissioner. The multi sports project, for young people aged 1 to 18 in the Preston, Kirkham and Ashton Gardens and St Anne's areas will run four days a week for a 5 day period.

And in Accrington, free multi sport activities for boys and girls, aged 10 to 17, will be provided at Springhill Primary School by Sweeney's Multi Sports. The group works with the neighbourhood Policing teams to target the most vulnerable young people. Officers can engage with young people in a relaxed environment.

Mr Grunshaw added:- "All of these projects are extremely worthwhile and go a long way to helping me achieve 1 of my key priorities of tackling crime, reoffending and anti social behaviour. These community groups work tirelessly to help some of the most disadvantaged people in Lancashire and they are in the best position to know what residents in their area really need. I am pleased to be able to support them to deliver important initiatives that in turn help to reduce crime where they live."

The Community Action Fund hands out grants of up to £2,500 to support small projects across Lancashire. To see if your group is eligible for funding, visit:- Lancashire-PCC.Gov.UK


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