New funding for local kids communities

Posted on - 22nd August, 2014 - 5:30pm | Author - | Posted in - Preston News

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The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Lancashire has handed out much needed funds to youngsters in Preston

Using money from the Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner’s Community Action Fund the PCC wants to help get youngsters active across Lancashire.

Earlier this month, PCC Clive Grunshaw allocated grants of £9,500 to organisations in Lancashire that included two in the city.

The Callon Kids Community Club, which operates in the Fishwick, St Matthews and Ribbleton wards of Preston, has received £1,750 towards its Positive Activities Programme designed to keep youngsters off the streets this summer.

The programme consists of volunteer-led activities and also offers young people the chance to engage in volunteering work and provide peer support and mentoring opportunities.

The club has also organised off-site activities to enable youngsters from deprived and disadvantaged families to enjoy a wider range of activities.

The Sir Tom Finney Preston Soccer Centre also received £2,000 toward the cost of venue and equipment hire for its summer soccer school, which aims to provide football coaching for young people from disadvantaged and financially challenged families.

To find out more about the Community Action Fund and how to apply visit

The Commissioner said: “The long summer holidays can be particularly difficult for parents, and that is why I am so delighted to have been able to offer funding to these groups, who are working hard to keep kids active, occupied and out of trouble.

“The volunteers who put so much effort into these schemes are to be praised for the work they are doing within their communities, which is absolutely invaluable. I want to see my Community Action Fund spent on projects which support my key priorities, which include reducing crime and anti-social behaviour and protecting vulnerable people.

“If we can achieve that at grass-roots level within Lancashire’s communities, it will help make them safer, happier places for all our residents.”

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