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More than £40k granted to youth projects by Police Commissioner

OVER the last six months, Police and Crime Commissioner, Jason Ablewhite has funded 16 projects helping young people across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to get involved in their local communities.

The Commissioner’s Youth and Community Fund, now in its 4th year, supports young people to actively participate and contribute where they live, helping them to become positive citizens and lead more fulfilling lives.

From supporting young people through football to understand the dangers of carrying knives, to setting up a boxing programme at Trumpington Community College, the Commissioner is funding grass roots projects to help improve the lives of young people.

Amongst other projects listed below, Peterborough’s Right Resolution CIC received £3,000 to help care leavers into further education or training; £3,000 also went to The Muslim Council of Peterborough to provide safeguarding training to raise awareness of the signs of child abuse and Friends of Life Education (pictured above) received £3,000 to support the delivery of age appropriate drug and health programmes.

“Being able to help young people support themselves and others in their community is a great privilege,” explains the Commissioner.

“Only last week, I joined a group of year 6 pupils at Fen Drayton Primary School actively participating in a Life Education session. The interactive sessions, provided by Cambridgeshire PSHE Services are a fantastic way of introducing youngsters to making positive choices about what they put in their bodies. I was impressed by the questions and level of understanding already in the minds of the young people taking part.

“I always talk about the importance of having early conversations with young people to make sure they have all the information they need to be able to protect themselves from falling victim to issues such drug and alcohol misuse, which can potentially lead to criminality.

“It’s heartening to see how small amounts of money can make such a difference in people’s lives.”

The Fund is open to voluntary and community organisations who can apply for grants of up to £3,000 towards their project. More information about the terms and conditions of the funding can be found here.

A full list of the projects is provided below.

Project List
Muslim Council of Peterborough To update guidelines on safeguarding children and young people and to provide safeguarding training to raise awareness of signs of abuse and ill-treatment of children and young people. £3,000
Stretham Youth Centre Targeted work with two identified groups of young people engaging in anti-social behaviour £2,994
Thrive Youth Work Students given time to attend Gauntlet Auto Project to develop skills in motorcycle riding and mechanics £3,000
Ormiston Families Breaking Barriers project to support young people who have a parent in prison £3,000
The Prince’s Trust Community project to produce and deliver a video to raise awareness of knife crime £500
Right Resolution CIC 16+ project to support care leavers in Peterborough to become engaged in education, training or employment £3,000
Project Southpaw – Camb City Council To set up a boxing programme at Trumpington Community College for young people £1,974
YOPEY A befriender scheme linked with Langdon House care home and Chesterton Community College £2,500
Blue Smile To support a senior outreach manager in a new school year to supervise therapists that work in 17 schools across the county £3,000
Link to Change For a Link to Change Participation Voices Group, a young peoples’ project to develop a knife crime campaign £3,000
STARS To support a bereavement group for grieving young people at risk of offending £3,000
Kickstart To engage young people through football whilst offering a structured education package to tackle and prevent knife crime and anti-social behaviour £3,000
Friends of Life Education To support delivery of age appropriate drug and health programmes to support and enhance the curriculum £3,000
Total Voice To support joining National Safe Places Network and enable use of training materials and increase effectiveness of the current programme to expand across the county £2,575
Care Leavers To support care leavers into adulthood , providing bikes to help them get to work/education £3,000
Changing Perceptions Family Fun Day to be held across all schools in Peterborough led by year 11 pupils £500