Bradford community project helped by recovered proceeds of crime cash (9 May 2017)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson's Safer Communities Fund has given £5000 to Bradford's own The Edge Project (TEP).

TEP was set up in 1999 to help support young people in the local area. The project provides centre based youth work 6 days a week, weekly detached sessions in and around the area as well as development workshops, trips and residentials.

Mark's Safer Communities Fund is financed using money recovered from criminals by West Yorkshire Police and prosecutors under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA).

The cash contributed to TEP's running costs for a year including a youth worker, equipment, stationary, heating and lighting.

Mark visited the project yesterday evening and said: "The Edge Project are very worthy recipients of funding. Providing a fun, engaging and most of importantly safe environment for young people to socialise and develop is crucially important and it was a pleasure to visit and have the opportunity to meet and thank their dedicated staff at a time when other funding streams are more difficult to access.

"The latest round of the Safer Communities Fund is currently open for applications. This round is themed and projects are invited to apply that are looking to address community cohesion, missing people, radicalisation or road safety. To find out more about the fund visit my website or call my office on 01924 294000."

Coran Oxley, Youth Outreach Worker from The Edge Project said: "It has been a privilege working in partnership with The Safer Communities fund.

"This funding makes a Positive difference to the young people in our community, it has contributed towards our running costs including staffing and some resources giving us the support that we need to deliver our provision.

"We aim to keep on building this positive relationship between the Office of the Police Crime Commissioner and all our young people and their families. It has been great to bring together the work of West Yorkshire Police and our provision to support communities to make a real difference and give our young people a voice and brighter future."

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