Police and Crime Commissioner visits Keighley community café that aims to reduce anti-social behaviour (29 June 2017)

012 - 22-Jun -2017A café providing nutrition to those in need has received a cash injection of £3,600 from cash seized from criminals which is then used to benefit communities.

The Welcome Place Café, based at Keighley Shared Church, received the cash from West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner's Safer Communities Fund.

The cash will go towards ensuring the café can provide those in need including those facing financial difficulties, drug or alcohol dependency, homeless people and those with mental health issues with hot nutritious food.

The Fund uses monies seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act to plough back into the communities affected by crime.

Mr Burns-Williamson was at the project, run by the Welcome Project, on Thursday (22 June) to see first-hand how the money was being spent.

The Welcome Project is a co-operative of local people with mixed abilities and disabilities who want to work together to solve local problems. The café is run as part of Keighley's Food Poverty Action Partnership.

Mr Burns-Williamson said: "Projects such as these are essential to ensure individuals know where they can go to access not only meals, but practical advice and support.

"I have heard how since the café opened anti-social behaviour has reduced as the café offers a place for people to go for not only food, but companionship and advice.

"I am pleased that my Safer Communities Fund is being used on projects that encourage feelings of belonging, safety and wellbeing and reducing the fear of crime."

Shona Grange, Social Worker and Co-Director of the Welcome Project said: "Through the project, around 80 people per week are given food and support. We encourage our customers to help grow fruit and vegetables and to get involved in preparation, cooking, serving and clearing away. Several have taken food hygiene training and have gone into paid work. We are grateful for the support we have had over the past year as the work would not have been possible without this funding."

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