Keighley charity increasing community cohesion with help from the Safer Communities Fund (12 June 2018)

Good Shepherd Keighley 13.6.18

A Keighley charity has received a grant from the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner's Safer Communities Fund to help increase community cohesion.

The Good Shepherd Centre received £1245 from the fund to assist with their project "Safe Learning".

The Centre provides health, education and social justice support to people who are newly arrived in Keighley from other countries to enable better integration and participation in communities.

 Advice, advocacy and support are offered in the areas of health, education, and social justice with activities including:

  • Basic English language lessons.
  • Parent and Toddler group with language and social development activities.
  • Drop-in advice and advocacy: a secure and welcoming environment where advice can be sought on a range of issues including employment applications, school places, health matters, housing, hate crime reporting and workplace discrimination.
  • Shared meals and events to celebrate and share aspects of the immigrant culture with established residents.

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, visited the project yesterday (11/6) and said: "Community cohesion is a priority in my Police and Crime Plan and something that really impacts on feelings of safety.

"This project offers really valuable support to people who are often vulnerable and at risk of isolation. We are proud of our diverse communities here in West Yorkshire and I was pleased to be able to provide some funding to help this project continue its important work and meet some of the organisers and people involved."

Good Shepherd Centre Trustee John Finnerty commented that the funding had enabled the purchase of security lights making the Centre more attractive to visit after dark.

"The lights, together with CCTV provided by Keighley Town Council, have helped people feel safer when attending evening lessons and other activities," he said.

To find out more about the Centre visit

The current round of the Safer Communities Fund is open for applications from groups looking to tackle all forms of serious violent crime, including those focusing on prevention and early intervention, supporting diversion away from crime, protection and education and support for victims of serious violence. The closing date for applications is 12 noon on 15 June. To find out more visit /safer-communities-fund.aspx


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