New youth activities for Northwich and Winsford

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Four brand new youth engagement projects will soon launch in Northwich and Winsford thanks to funding from David Keane, the county’s police and crime commissioner (PCC).

Young people across the area will soon have the opportunity to attend a number of different activity sessions funded by the police and crime commissioner in a bid to give them something positive to do, as the lockdown ends.

Following successful bids to the Commissioner’s Community Police Fund, summer clubs, weekly youth clubs and bike safety sessions will be delivered by community groups alongside their local policing teams.

Winsford Youth and Community Forum will establish a new Saturday night project and will work alongside Winsford Academy, youth services and the local PCSO to ensure young people are signposted to the new session.

Sessions will run from the New Images Youth and Community Centre on Nixon Drive weekly from 7pm-9pm.  The sessions will provide a safe place for young people, giving them access to sports activities and the games room whilst supervised by qualified youth workers.

Another project set to be delivered in Winsford, looks to provide ‘goody boxes’ to a number of young people who are unable to access sessions due to Covid-19.  During the lockdown, the GGO Community Group have been able to provide support to many members of the community by delivering wellbeing packs and supporting those in isolation.  

The group want to be able to extend that support to young people in light of how difficult things have been. The group hopes this will support the re-connection with young people and encourage them to re-engage when restrictions allow.

Over in Weaverham, a new summer club will get underway which aims to deliver support for low income families and provide engaging activity for those aged five-13.

Weaverham Community Centre sits centrally and is easy to access for most families.  Activities will include; team building, communication and life skills, swimming sessions, exercise and sports, and cookery.  Alongside these, the local PCSO will visit weekly to deliver safety presentations and build relationships with the young people.

In Northwich, two community policing area; Winnington and Castle and Hartford and Greenbank have joined together in a bid for funding and will start a bike safety session. Sessions will take place at the Multi-use Games Area (MUGA) on Peckforten Way, Castle and Saxons Lane Park and consist of bike maintenance and cycle safety.

Young people will be able to seek advice and support from staff at Halfords on how to keep themselves safe and maintain their bikes. Following the weekly sessions, there will be a final event held in the summer where a mobile skate park will be hired.  The event will be open to those who have attended the weekly sessions and had their safety and bike maintenance sections of their ‘Bicycle license’ signed off.

Many of the projects have been set up to address the issue of anti- social behaviour (ASB) in the community policing areas and the groups have worked with their community policing teams from Winsford Wharton, Winsford Over and Verdin, Weaverham and Cuddington, Winnington and Castle, and Hartford and Greenbank to submit funding applications to the commissioner’s Community Police Fund.

PCC David Keane said: “Young people are often tempted to commit anti-social behaviour because they have nothing else to do which is partly a reflection of the underfunding for youth services and diversionary activities.

“I’ve made it my priority to make communities safer and I want to give young people the chance to access the opportunities they deserve.  These projects will do just that.

“The lockdown restrictions have hit the whole community and young people need something positive to look forward to.

“Enabling groups to work alongside the policing teams to build stronger relationships with young people, will in turn create safer and more resilient communities.

The Community Police Fund is a new fund provided to all 122 policing communities in Cheshire. Community police officers and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) have been working with local residents to develop bids of up-to £1,000 to fund projects which address local issues. 

It has been developed using money seized from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act (PoCA) 2002. It also links directly to the recently launched initiative to increase police visibility in every community by providing a dedicated Police Constable and PCSO for all 122 areas.
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Caroline Tozer (Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, Head of Engagement and Policy, Police and Crime Commissioner)

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