Safer Communities Fund helps support children affected by crime in Kirklees (3 Mar 2016)

A grant from West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson's Safer Communities Fund (made up from money recovered from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act) is helping to support children affected by crime in Kirklees.

Northorpe Hall Child and Family Trust received £5,250 from grant round four of the Safer Communities Fund (SCF) to fund their project Kirklees Youths Affected by Crime.

The project provided therapeutic counselling to children and young people aged between 5 and 19 who had been affected by crime in some way.

PCC Mark Burns-Williamson visited the project yesterday (3 MAR) and said "I was really pleased to be able to visited the project and see for myself the great work being done to help support young people and their families. I also had the opportunity to thank and speak to volunteers and members of staff who were extremely dedicated and professional in bringing this project to life.

"I created the Safer Communities Fund, which returns recovered money from criminals back to the communities it has affected, to fund projects just like this that make a real difference in their community and to the individuals involved."

Yvonne White, Service Manager of Northorpe Hall said "The funds have enabled us to provide therapeutic support to 24 children and young people who have been affected by crime. We receive twice as many requests for support into Northorpe Hall than we have funds available for and grants like this allow us to reach more children and young people and support those who may otherwise not have been able to access this."

Northorpe Hall delivers ChEWS, the Tier 2 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service for Kirklees.

They provide short term interventions to children and young people whose emotions are impacting on their day to day functioning, providing up to 10 sessions of support to an individual.

To find out more about Northorpe Hall Child and Family Trust visit

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Mark Burns-Williamson with Tom Taylor, Director of Northorpe Hall.

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