Merseyside police chief launches £50,000 youth fund for one semester

NEW YOUTH PROJECTS: The Wirral Health Project CIC boxing ring (Image: Merseyside Police)

A Merseyside police chief has urged community groups to apply for funding from a recently launched £50,000 youth diversion fund for fun and engaging projects over the autumn semester.

Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner Emily Spurrell’s fund diverts money from unclaimed stolen property or property recovered by police to worthy causes. Ms Spurrell called on organizations, charities and groups to apply for up to £3,000 for grassroots programs to steer young people away from crime and anti-social behavior when this traditionally increases.

A total of £50,000 is available from the fund for one-off grants for organizations committed to improving community safety, reducing crime or supporting victims. All applications must be submitted online via the Community Foundation for Merseyside by 4pm on September 23.


COMMUNITY FUNDING: PCC Emily Spurrell at the Hive Youth Zone, who received youth diversion funding (Image: Merseyside Police)

Ms Spurrell said: “I am delighted to be opening my Youth Diversion Fund for the third time, inviting offers of up to £3,000 from organizations working to make their communities safer and better places to be. live by engaging with young people, particularly during the mid autumn period Many Merseyside communities are seeing an increase in criminal and anti-social behavior around Bonfire Night and ‘Mischief Night’.

“Historically, this is a busy time for police and firefighters. Through these grants, I want to help alleviate these issues and provide safe and engaging activities for young people to ensure they don’t get involved in anti-social or criminal activity.I want to see these grants used to support projects that complement the excellent diversionary work being done by Merseyside Police and the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service.

“I want to make sure that young people can enjoy the fall festivities in a safe and enjoyable way that is supervised. Locals know their communities best. They know what works when they engage with their young people, and I look forward to reviewing their ideas and initiatives to ensure everyone can have a safe and fun Halloween.”


YOUTH ACTIVITIES: PCC Emily Spurrell at The Hive (Image: Merseyside Police)

The Community Foundation for Merseyside (CFM) administers the Youth Diversion Fund on behalf of the Commissioner. CFM holds funds from individuals and organizations wishing to support worthy causes on Merseyside.

To apply, visit the site here.

Submitted by Merseyside Police


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