Funding for youth activities in Halton

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Five youth engagement projects in Halton have been awarded funding from police and crime commissioner (PCC) David Keane’s Community Police Fund.

Young people from Halton will soon have the opportunity to attend a number of different activity sessions in a bid to give them something positive to do, as lockdown restrictions ease.

Following successful bids to the Commissioner’s Community Policing fund, rainbows, girl guides, scouts and boys brigade groups across Widnes will benefit from an investment to re-start activities following a prolonged period of remote activities.

The rainbows group based at Kingsway Leisure Centre will use its funding to deliver health and fitness sessions to young females, whilst the Widnes Boys Brigade and the girl guiding and scouts group ‘Moon Meadow’ will use their funds to purchase new equipment.

The fitness sessions and new equipment will enable the groups to welcome back their members and provide something new and inviting to help re-engage them in structured activity.

The Widnes-based groups will work alongside their dedicated PCSOs from Kingsway, Halton View and the Farnworth community policing areas enabling the PCSOs to develop good relationships with young people and provide ongoing support.

Additionally, Appleton and Grange community policing teams are set to introduce brand new activities in their areas in partnership with a school and community group.

A new after-school basketball session will be established with St Chad’s High School aimed at young people aged 12-16 years.  Funding will be used to purchase basketballs, training bibs and contribute to venue hire.

PCSO Nick Fowler will deliver the session alongside a teacher from the high school in bid to build positive relationships with young people. 

St John’s Church on Greenway Road, will start a weekly youth club for high school aged children.  Sessions will seek to provide a space for young people to be able to socialise safely, have fun and be supported by trusted adults.

Funding will enable the groups to buy a new pool table, a range of table-top games and bike racks for safe bike storage.  The group will tailor the activities to suit the young people’s needs and will try to provide a good variety of activities.

All of these projects have been funded by the commissioner’s Community Police Fund which is a new fund provided to all 122 policing communities in Cheshire. Community police officers and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) have been working with local residents to develop bids of up-to £1,000 to fund projects which address local issues.

The fund has been developed using money seized from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act (PoCA) 2002. It also links directly to the recently launched initiative to increase police visibility in every community by providing a dedicated Police Constable and PCSO for all 122 areas.

PCC David Keane said: “Young people often commit anti-social behaviour because they have nothing else to do which is partly a reflection of the underfunding for youth services and diversionary activities

“I’ve made it my priority to make communities safer and provide positive outlets to focus young peoples’ attention and give them the opportunities they deserve.  These projects will do just that.

“I am well aware of the benefits sport and social activities can bring and these kind of projects are fantastic for ensuring everyone has a safe place to go and improve their wellbeing.”
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Caroline Tozer (Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, Head of Engagement and Policy, Police and Crime Commissioner)

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