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Proceeds of crime set to keep 11,000 young people safe this Halloween

Merseyside / October 08

More than 11,000 young people will enjoy safe, organised 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 four years, the Commissioner has used this money to help community organisations run activities and projects which keep young people safe and divert them away from getting involved in anti-social or criminal behaviour over the busy autumn period.

The successful organisations from this round of funding, totalling more than £40,000, 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 11,061 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, particularly young people who love the festivities.

“Sadly though, it is also a time when 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.  That means it is traditionally a very busy time 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 busy period, complementing and supporting the excellent diversionary work the police and fire service already carry out while making sure people can enjoy the celebrations during the holiday season.

“For this year’s successful organisations, these small cash boosts 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 63 applications were received for the funding, amounting to requests for more than £194,000. 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, eight organisations in Liverpool and six initiatives in Sefton were awarded funding, with four initiatives in Wirral and 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 £2,500 to run their annual “HiveAgeddon” project offering diversionary activities including arts, football, drama, dance, climbing and music for up to 2,500 young people during the Operation Bangor period.  In St Helens, the Under Construction Crew will use £2,500 to engage young people in dance, DJing and circus workshops, while Portico Vine Rugby Club received £1,200 to host a series of cinema nights in an area of high anti-social behaviour.

In Liverpool, 56 youngsters at risk of getting involved will crime will be able to take part in an ‘Alternatives to Violence’ programme at the Norris Green Youth Centre to help them get away from gang activity, while up to 3,000 residents will be able to enjoy a multi-generational Bonfire event thanks to the Norris Green Community Alliance.

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 the Community Foundation please visit our website www.cfmerseyside.org.uk

Successful organisations

Please find details of all the successful organisations broken down by area below:

Community Organisation

Area

Funding awarded

Project

 

Huyton Initiative 4 Youth

 

 

Knowsley

£2,400

240 young people in the Hillside, Huyton and Stockbridge Village areas will benefit from arts, crafts and disco activities on key dates.


Innovate Volunteering C.I.C

 

 

Knowsley

£2,000

150 young people will be able to ‘Get Messy on Mizzy’ in Prescot and Whiston with a range of activities, in an area of high ASB and crime.

 

L14 Community House

 

 

 

Knowsley

£2,000

2,000 young people in Page Moss and Huyton will be able to enjoy a mini-Farmageddon type event with arts, crafts and a disco.

 

 

St Gabriel’s Community Centre

 

 

Knowsley

£1,428

Film nights, a light night event and organised Bonfire Night trips will be offered to 200 young people in two vulnerable areas of Huyton.

 

Al-Ghazali Multi-Cultural Centre

 

Liverpool

£1,000

 

60 young people from the Picton area will be able to benefit from additional activities in a hotspot area of ASB.

 

Breckfield & North Everton Neighbourhood Council

 

 

Liverpool

£1,000

Extra sport and activity sessions for 150 young people in an area with high rates of ASB.

 

 

Kensington Fields Community Association

 

 

Liverpool

£2,500

260 residents and young people will be able to enjoy five days of activity to ‘kick-start’ a movement to counteract negative perceptions of the Kensington Fields area.

 

Norris Green Community Alliance

 

 

 

Liverpool

£1,000

To host a multi-generational Bonfire Night event for 3,000 residents and young people in an area of high anti-social behaviour.

 

 

Norris Green Youth Centre

 

 

Liverpool

£3,000

 

To run an ‘Alternative to Violence’ programme to help 50 young people who are at risk of getting involved in crime in the Norris Green area, equipping them with skills to get away from gang activity.

 


Rotunda Boxing Club

 

Liverpool

£2,000

Activities based around boxing aimed at targeting young people on the periphery of crime.

 

Shrewsbury House

 

Liverpool

£500

For 150 young people to have an evening of organised activities on Mischief Night in the Everton area.

 

Team Oasis

 

 

Liverpool

£2,000

 

To enable the activity centre to open longer hours during the Operation Banger period offering activities for up to 200 young people in the Dingle area.

 

Brighter Living Partnership

 

Sefton

£530

To run family-based lantern-making workshops for 30 young people in a hotspot area.

 

Brunswisk Youth Club

 

 

 

Sefton

£2,200

 

To offer extra activities for 100 young people in an area of high ASB. The club has a proven track record of successful projects.

 

 

Fun 4 Kidz

 

Sefton

£1,000

 

Diversionary activities for 450 young people including Halloween crafts and activities and a disco on Halloween in the Netherton area.

 

Netherton Feelgood Factory

 

 

 

Sefton

£589

35 young people will be involved in an arts project with the work being displayed in the Marion Square area.

 

 

Netherton Park Community Association

 

 

 

Sefton

£2,776

400 young people will be offered an integrated programme of activities around community safety themes.

 

 

Parenting 2000

 

Sefton

£2,000

 

The project will offer cookery and sports-based activities for 260 young people in the Southport area over Operation Banger.


Portico Vine Rugby Club


St. Helens

£1,200

To host cinema nights in the Thatto Heath area for 60 young people.

 

UC Crew (Under Construction Crew)

 

 

St. Helens

£2,500

To engage 250 young people across the borough in a wide range of activities including dance, graffiti, DJing and circus workshops.

 

Birkenhead Youth Club and Positive Futures

 

 

Wirral

£800

This project will increase outreach activities in two hotspot areas in Birkenhead, aiming to move young people into sport based activities.

 

Gautby Road Play and Community Centre

 

 

Wirral

£1,950

400 young people will be provided with activities on key nights in Beechwood and Birkenhead areas which traditionally see high rates of ASB.

 

The Carrbridge Centre LTD

 

Wirral

£2,000

Activities including music, art, and DJing will be offered to up to 400 young people on the Woodchurch Estate

 

The Hive, Wirral Youth Zone

 

Wirral

£2,500


"HiveAgeddon" will run at the Hive, Wirral Youth Zone for up to 2,000 young people offering arts, football, drama, dance, climbing, music and boxing over the Operation Banger period.