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Commissioner’s new fund launched to help young people prosper

Young people are set to benefit from a new fund announced by Police and Crime Commissioner, Darryl Preston today, Monday 13th December.

The Commissioner’s Youth Fund will help youngsters take part in a range of community projects, providing them with safe environments to gain skills and confidence and help them become resilient adults.

Darryl explains: “Getting young people involved in local community projects is a great way for them to use their spare time constructively.

“Whether it’s volunteering to improve the local environment or developing personal skills, these grass root activities can help prevent young people from getting involved in anti-social behaviour and shape local services in their community to make a difference.”

The funding has been made possible from what is known as ‘proceeds of criminal activity’.

“I saw the effects crime had on adolescents when I was a Police Officer,” continued Darryl. “And I know as a father of five children that we could all work harder to understand what our children need to help them become successful and discourage them from making poor choices.”

Darryl has included crime prevention as a key priority in his recently launched Police and Crime Plan.

Grants of up to £3,500 for young people aged between 5 and 18 or up to 25 years old for those with Special Educational Needs or disabilities.

For full details and eligibility, please view our guidance forms here before submitting an application.