Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping dropped into a grassroots community project to witness first-hand how his funding is being used to reduce crime.
The Enthusiasm Trust was initially established by local residents on a deprived estate in Derby as a means of building confidence and empowering young people to fulfil their potential. The project has since expanded to Nottingham and Manchester and continues to divert young people away from a life of crime.
Commissioner Tipping has recently invested £9,969 into the project from his Community Safety Partnership Fund as part of his plans to support services which advocate crime prevention. The funding will help to reduce crime on the Clifton estate in Nottingham through the provision of various diversionary activities on a continuous basis. These include a monthly youth club offering a safe place for youngsters to socialise, regular outreach sessions in partnership with the police in key hotpot locations and weekly drop-in workshops covering issues such as youth crime, knife crime, volunteering and the impact of crime on victims. Additionally, there will also be regular assemblies held in Farnborough School involving the whole year to deliver key crime prevention messages.
Following his visit to the Trust on Friday (November 22), Commissioner Tipping said: “I’m very impressed with the work the Enthusiasm Trust is undertaking to show vulnerable young people that achievement and success awaits those who channel their energy into positive causes such as volunteering. Prevention strategies really are the key to a brighter and better future and addressing the source of disengagement and withdrawal from society will have positive repercussions for everybody living in Nottinghamshire."
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Posted on Friday 22nd November 2013