PCC’s Safer Communities Fund helps give young people opportunities in Netherton (4 May 2017)

NYC 2 - CopyWest Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Mark Burns-Williamson's Safer Communities Fund is providing opportunities and support for young people in Netherton.

Netherton Youth Crew received £1,500 from the fund in December 2016 and the cash went towards the running of a weekly youth club in the Wakefield area.

The club meets every Wednesday during school term times, at Netherton Village Hall, from 7.30pm to 9.00pm and weekly activities include music, crafts, computer and games consoles activities, sport and a tuck shop.

Netherton Youth Crew was created in 2008 for young people between the ages of 11 and 16 in Netherton and the surrounding areas. The club was originally set up specifically to reduce anti-social behaviour but also works to improve community cohesion and provide opportunities for young people.

The Safer Communities Fund is financed through money recovered from criminals by West Yorkshire Police and prosecutors under the Proceeds of Crime Act. So far £1.69m of recovered money has been returned to communities by the PCC since the fund launched in February 2014.

Mark said: "I joined this week's session to see first-hand the difference this club is making to the lives of young people in the area and I have to say, they are doing a fantastic job.

"I have now been able to help fund over 380 projects from the Safer Communities Fund across the whole of West Yorkshire and I try to visit as many of them as possible to see their work in person and thank the dedicated community focused people behind them.

Andrew Shaw a volunteer at Netherton Youth Crew said: "Netherton Youth Crew have received great encouragement from West Yorkshire Police throughout the years since we were formed.

"The recent award of £1500 from the Safer Communities Fund has been an enormous help to us, and has enabled us to introduce activities we would not otherwise be able to provide.

"Being a rural community, with poor transport links and consequent restricted access to the facilities available to children in the towns and cities, the provision of village youth facilities is vital."

The Safer Communities Fund is currently open for applications with grants of up to £5,000 available for good causes across West Yorkshire. To find out more about the fund, including how to apply visit /safer-communities-fund.aspx. This round of the fund closes for applications at 12pm on Friday 26 May 2017.

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