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Community groups awarded £45k to keep 8,500 young people safe over autumn half term

Merseyside / October 26

More than 8,500 young people will be able to enjoy safe activities this Halloween and Bonfire Night, thanks to funding raised by the police from the sale of stolen goods.

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy has today announced the 24 community projects that will receive a share of funding from the Police Property Act (PPA) Fund which directs money raised through the sale of unclaimed stolen goods or property recovered by the police that cannot be returned to its owners into worthwhile causes.

For the last three years, the Commissioner has concentrated the money on helping community organisations to run activities and projects over the busy autumn period which keep young people safe and divert them away from getting involved in anti-social or criminal behaviour.

The successful organisations from this round of funding will run a host of projects which will complement Merseyside Police and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service’s Operation Banger plans with the aim of keeping a total of 8,595 young people engaged in safe and supervised activities.

Jane said: “Halloween and Bonfire Night are a time of fun and excitement for many people across Merseyside and there are some fantastic events being held.

“Sadly, though, it is also a time when sometimes the fun can get out of hand and lead to young people getting involved in behaviour which can become intimidating, anti-social or even dangerous to other members of the community.

“This means it is often a very busy period for both Merseyside Police and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service.

“By funding these youth projects across Merseyside, my aim is to help thousands of young people enjoy the festivities in a safe and enjoyable way at organised and well managed events. This will help to ensure they don’t get involved in any activities that could either put themselves or others in harm’s way. It could also prevent them from getting involved with behaviour that they may come to regret in the future.

“It will also help to relieve the strain on our emergency services during this critical period, complementing the excellent diversionary work the police and fire service already carry out and making sure people can enjoy the celebrations during the holiday season.

“For this year’s successful organisations, even a small cash boost can make a huge difference and will enable them to run some fantastic grassroots projects which really engage with young people’s imaginations while keeping them safe.”

A total of 72 applications were received for the funding, amounting to requests for more than £230,000. The bids were shared with community safety partners before being reviewed by a panel from the Commissioner’s office and the Community Foundation for Merseyside, who manage the fund on the PCC’s behalf.

As a result, 11 organisations in Liverpool and five initiatives in Sefton were awarded funding, with four initiatives in Wirral, two in Knowsley and two in St Helens all benefitting. Much of the funding was focused in ‘hotspot’ areas where communities have been identified as most susceptible to threat and risk.

Among the successful organisations were The Hive, Wirral Youth Zone, which received £3,000 to run “HiveAgeddon: The Survivors” scarefest for more than two weeks, reaching 2,600 young people.  In St Helens, the Under Construction Crew were among the successful organisation. They were awarded funding to run a hip hop project for more than 200 young people through the half term.

In Liverpool, 150 young people will benefit from extra football sessions at the Rhys Jones Centre in Croxteth, while in Kensington, Park Options Ltd will be running ‘Terrigfied’ which will see families and young people get together for a lantern procession, haunted graveyard and Dracula’s cave. Anfield Boxing Club will use £2,000 to run a series of targeted sessions, offering young people the change to complete an England Boxing Leader Course, while the Garston Adventure Playground will have activities including haunted trails, a Mischief Night disco and a playscheme for 100 young people.

The PPA fund is administered by the Community Foundation for Merseyside, (CFM) on behalf of the Commissioner. CFM holds funds from philanthropic individuals and organisations who wish to support deserving causes in Merseyside and Lancashire.

CFM’s Senior Programmes Manager James Proctor said: “We are proud to be working with Merseyside’s Police Commissioner and administering the Police Property Act fund.

 “This fund is very popular and the decision making panel had some extremely difficult choices to make with so many valuable projects presented. We feel the projects supported will make a huge impact in communities at this time of the year and wish them every success.”

For further information on information on the Community Foundation please visit our website www.cfmerseyside.org.uk

Read about some of the great work being done by the successful applicants and find out about the grants which have been awarded on the Commissioner’s website www.merseysidepcc.info.

 

Community Organisation

Area

Funding awarded

Project

Sports Alive

 

Knowsley

£2,500

40 beneficiaries from Kirkby will have four additional evenings of detached youth work at times considered most risky or difficult, with specific targeted work at Mischief and Bonfire nights

Innovate Volunteering C.I.C

 

 

Knowsley

£3,511

Over 100 people will benefit from a Youth Social Action Project whereby a team of young volunteers design and deliver a Community Diversionary activity targeting children aged 10–15 on Mischief night

Anfield Boxing Club

Liverpool

£2,000

Over the half term period, 20 targeted young people will complete an England Boxing Leader Course.

Anfield Sports & Community Centre

Liverpool

£1,500

Extra sport and activity sessions for 50 young people to complement engagement sessions currently running at the site offering greater access and continuity of provision to the young people.

Central Youth Club

Liverpool

£500

100 young people will attend an evening project Double Trouble on Halloween /Mischief Night, with a Halloween Cupcake Bake Off, a Halloween Glow in the dark Bubble Football and fancy dress.

Centre 56 Ltd

Liverpool

£758

35 nursery and afterschool children will have 4 days of activities over the October half term and themed after school sessions during the following week leading to a family Halloween party.

ComMutual

Liverpool

£2,000

30 young people will have targeted youth work through a gym and fitness programme.

Garston Adventure Playground

Liverpool

£1,098

100 young people will have a Half term Playscheme with various activities e.g. arts & crafts, sports, digital media, cooking etc and a Mischief Night Disco and Haunted Trails at the Venny.

Lister Residents Association

Liverpool

£1,190

200 residents will have a series of community events, outdoor activities, culminating in two community events on 'Mischief Night' and 'Halloween Night' that will provide a community led fun-day event.

Liverpool Lighthouse

Liverpool

£1,500

70 young people will have creative workshops (music, dance, rapping DJing, graffiti/sculpting). A showcase of their work will be on Mischief Night with a disco on Halloween.

Liverpool Six Community Association

Liverpool

£3,000

300 participants will benefit from physical activities, movie nights, arts and crafts, talks from Police and Fire Service on the dangers of the season, as well as having Halloween celebrations and activities.  

Parks Options Ltd ( Kensington Children's Centre)

Liverpool

£2,700

“TERRIGFIED” is to involve families from the Kensington and Yewtree in outdoor events, including
• Witches hut;
• Dracula’s cave age all ages;
• Haunted grave yard with ghost stories all ages;
• Lantern procession.

Rhys Jones Centre

Liverpool

£1,500

150 young people will benefit from running late night football sessions on Friday and Saturday nights at the centre. Detached youth workers and partner agencies will work with the young people 8pm to 10pm.

Conquer Life CIC

Sefton

£1,000

The GamingStation van has always attracted a big crowd. Detached youth workers will be able to target and inform 50 local young people about staying safe.

Fun 4 Kidz (L30 Community Centre)

Sefton

£1,000

Youth diversion for 50 beneficiaries for two nights activities on Mischief Night and Halloween

Parenting 2000

Sefton

£2,500

The Project is a mixed media project using music, drama and the arts to express Halloween themes and build resilience in young people, designed for 156 young people ages 11-17years

Woodvale and Ainsdale Community Association

Sefton

£1,250

45 young people will benefit from a variety of activities including a Mountain bike day, two Duke of Edinburgh's expedition training days, a girls pamper party, making delicious deserts day, and a rock climbing session.

Ykids

Sefton

£2,500

Series of events and activities targeting 145 young people from different age groups.

Business for Youth in Newton-le-Willows

St. Helens

£820

To run a series of craft sessions at which 100 children will be guided by a trained art teacher to plan, create and complete their own 'Guy' which will then be entered in our annual town-wide 'Best Guy' competition. A family-friendly Halloween party will also be planned and delivered.

UC Crew (Under Construction Crew)

St. Helens

£2,500

The Halloween Hip Hop Project will provide diversionary activities on the run up to Halloween through half term and continuing after bonfire night, to engage 200 young people across the borough

Birkenhead Youth Club

Wirral

£2,000

Operating out of Birkenhead Youth Club, 150 young people will have 12 sessions of Safe, Positive, Diversionary activities. Also access to the Sports Development’s Sports Mobile.

CBED Wirral Wide Development Trust

Wirral

£1,500

Halloween activities, parade and event for the period including working in schools in the area. 3500 beneficiaries for work spanning 2 weeks

The Carrbridge Centre LTD

Wirral

£2,500

Sessions with youth service provision over the half term, ending with a celebration event for local children and young people, "festival of the Hallow", Bonfire night community celebration. 600 young people will benefit. 

The Hive, Wirral Youth Zone

Wirral

£3,000

"HiveAgeddon: The Survivors" will run at the Hive, Wirral Youth Zone 2600 beneficiaries