West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Sees Community Spirit in Dewsbury (16 Mar 2016)

3Cash from the Proceeds of Crime Act has been used to raise awareness of issues including hate crime, forced marriage and honour-based violence by a Dewsbury project.

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Mark Burns-Williamson visited Ravensthorpe Community Centre Limited to see how they used they grant from the Safer Communities Fund.

The Centre was awarded £5,250 in grant round four of the fund to run their Gems Project.

The project provided diversionary activities for young people as well as education to raise awareness of safeguarding issues such as hate crime, forced marriages and honour based violence.

The programme was delivered as part of 5 hours of activity on Saturdays over a period of 38 weeks, with separate targeted sessions for 8-12 year olds and 13 - 19 year olds.

The young people were given awareness and grounding in particular issues which they may face as they grow older such as hate crime, anti-social behaviour and alcohol and drugs. 

PCC Mark Burns-Williamson said "It was great to visit the project and see how they are spending their money from the grant to the benefit of local people.

"The community spirit was clear to see and it was great to meet staff from the centre and see first-hand how dedicated and hardworking they are in delivering valuable services.

"The money which funds the Safer Communities Fund is recovered directly from criminals by West Yorkshire Police and prosecutors and it's fantastic to see it being used to fund such worthwhile causes.

"The next round of the Safer Communities Fund opens for applications on 14 March with £130,000 available. Interested groups can visit my website www.westyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk to apply for a grant of up to £5,000."

Ravensthorpe Community Centre Ltd aims to improve the quality of life of residents in Ravensthorpe by providing a modern, well equipped community facility that acts as a focal point for a wide range of community based activities and projects.

Abdul Aslam CEO of Ravensthorpe Community Centre said "Since setting up in in 1999 we have worked tirelessly to develop projects for the different members of our community. We deliver a range of community based adult education courses including ESOL (English for speakers of other languages), basic skills and employability courses. A 110 place onsite nursery is also in operation which supports the childcare needs of parent learners. Alongside this the community centre delivers targeted cultural and educational projects for young people during term time along with holiday programmes consisting of recreational and sport based activity.

"We also provide support to young people with a range of activities such as homework support, diversionary initiatives and health awareness. Activities include exercise, sexual health awareness, emotional health and wellbeing, awareness around staying safe and safeguarding. "

To find out more about Ravensthorpe Community Centre Ltd please ring 01924 510030.

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