Commissioner sees how Community Action Fund cash is spent at grass roots club15 February, 2017
Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw stepped out to see the how cash from his Community Action Fund has been spent to reduce crime and keep re-offenders off the streets.
Fylde Walking Group received £2,500 from the proceeds of crime £75,000 funding pot to fund the sessions held for adults which specifically focus on working with adults who have been released from custody, or are working on community orders.
The group run by AFC Fylde, has helped integrate over 60 men and women over the past twelve months following referrals from Lancashire Police Revolution Team and the Community Rehabilitation Company.
The group also works with those who feel isolated within the community and feel at risk of being targeted by crime.
Mr Grunshaw said: “I’m delighted to be able to support these projects and it’s clear to see this type of engagement gives people access to mentally and physically stimulating projects. This is an excellent way to help me achieve one of my key priorities of tackling crime, reoffending and anti-social behaviour.
“I will continue to support local people to deliver the initiatives they believe their communities will benefit from, enabling them to tackle crime, reduce anti-social behaviour and support people going through difficult times.”
Tom Hutton, Director of Community Development at AFC Fylde said: “The group is a fantastic way of bringing our communities together and encourages positive pathways for all of those involved.
“It gives players a focus in life and we have had some very positive outcomes.
“Without the funding from Clive’s initiative it would be much more difficult. The funding has helped us manage to keep our prices low and offer great facilities to our members.”