PCC’s Safer Communities Fund supports hundreds of young people in Calderdale (6 Sept 2017)

Mixenden - Kamran , Nathan , Georgina , Emma , Alicia , Mark Burns -Williamson , Adley , Gavin (staff ) Amber And JackMark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner helped fund activities for hundreds of young people in Calderdale with a grant from his Safer Communities Fund.

Mixenden Activity Centre received a grant of £4,640 in grant round 8 of the fund to help run their "'Mixenden Activity Club" (MAC). The money was used to help fund additional staffing, resources for activities and website design.

MAC has run for over 6 years and gets young people aged 5 - 19 off the street and participate in outdoor activities and other youth work type activities that supports young people across Calderdale.

Young people can chat to staff about issues concerning them or others and learn about issues that affect everyday life from substance misuse to sexual health.

The club is run by young people for young people with adult staff to support and run activities. The senior members play active roles in developing and fund raising for the club and go in expeditions throughout the year to refine and up skill in working in the outdoors.

Mark visited Mixenden Activity Centre this week (05/09) and said: "This is an absolutely brilliant project. It was plain to see from my visit the difference this club makes and the dedication of both the staff and the young people themselves who are both crucial to the clubs success.

"Providing activities for young people, especially where they will have a chance to build their skills and confidence is really important. It's also key to provide places of safety young people where they will feel comfortable speaking about issues they may not feel they can talk about elsewhere."

Marcus Irving, Senior Instructor and Youth Worker at Mixenden Activity Centre, said: "It was great to see Mark and his team and to thank them personally for supporting the project. Mark and his team were very interested in the young people at the club and chatted to them about future support and advice"

To find out more about Mixenden Activity Centre visit http://mixendenactivityclub.org.uk/home.html.

The Safer Communities Fund is financed using money recovered from criminals by West Yorkshire Police and prosecutors. The fund launched in 2014 and so far has given out nearly £2million to more than 430 deserving projects.

The latest round of the Safer Communities Fund has just opened for applications. For more information visit /safer-communities-fund.aspx.

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