Summer youth activities boosted by PCC's Safer in Kent Fund
There will be more things for young people to do in Kent this summer thanks to cash provided by Matthew Scott from his Safer in Kent Fund.
The Police and Crime Commissioner invited bids from local projects which deliver the priorities listed in his Police and Crime Plan, Safer in Kent.
After a thorough review process, he selected schemes to benefit from a share of almost £50,000 including several which provide activities for young people. It is hoped these communities will suffer less anti-social behaviour as a result.
Announcing the successful bidders, Mr Scott said:
‘Some of the projects I have decided to support will provide diversionary activities for young people. Others will increase public awareness of community safety messages. All of the projects have one thing in common – they aim to make the people of Kent safer.’
Debra Green, Executive Director of Redeeming Our Communities, welcomed receiving £5,000 for the Go Make a Difference scheme.
Giles Seaford, Sports Development Manager at Whitstable-based Active Life said:
‘Young people in youth groups across Kent will be engaging in social action over the summer holidays. Their contribution will be judged and prizes awarded in October. Thank you so much for your support.’
In Birchington, the parish council is using money from the PCC’s Safer in Kent Fund to set up a Youth Parish Council to give young people aged 12 to 17 a voice in the village.
‘We are extremely grateful for the funding we have received from the PCC’s Safer in Kent Fund to support our Doorstep Sports Club programme. Our use of sport and youth work-skilled staff give young people a pathway, both within sport and also by helping them deal with some of life’s difficulties around peer pressure, anger or just appreciating their own value.’
Cllr Phil Fellows said:
Meanwhile, Maidstone Street Pastors (pictured above) received £3,000 for more equipment and training and CXK received £9,000 to raise awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation in schools across Dartford, Gravesham and Medway.
‘Birchington Parish Council would like to thank Matthew Scott for supporting our continuing work on our youth initiatives.’
CXK’s Chief Executive Officer Pauline Smith said:
In total, Mr Scott has so far awarded £45,870 from the Safer in Kent Fund to eight different projects.
‘For a Kent-based charity that puts so much effort into safeguarding, this grant from the Police and Crime Commissioner is particularly pleasing because it offers us an invaluable opportunity to educate large numbers of children across the county about the risks of sexual exploitation.
‘We are grateful to Mr Scott and his office for supporting our application; and we look forward to reporting back on the positive effect it has had on the lives of children and young people throughout the county – making Kent a safer place.’
‘I am grateful to all of those who took the time to submit funding applications to my office, both to the Safer in Kent Fund and also my recent Mental Health and Policing Fund. Details of how other groups can apply for support will be announced later this year.’