BURTON Albion Community Trust has received a £10,000 boost from a crime tsar – in a bid to continue its work cutting antisocial behaviour in the area.
The trust has been handed the cash by Staffordshire police and crime commissioner Matthew Ellis from his ‘proceeds of crime fund’ to support its Albion2Engage project, which aims to keep youngsters away from offending.
The scheme works in five of the most socially-deprived wards in the town and offers sporting activities alongside education programmes.
Andy Taylor, community development manager at the trust, said: “We are delighted to access this funding to build on the work which has previously taken place.
“Albion2Engage has made a real impact in the local area with high numbers of young people now positively engaged across the parks at times when there would have otherwise been high levels of antisocial behaviour.
“Not only has Albion2Engage been able to have the immediate impact of reducing anti-social behaviour by providing other activities for young people to be involved in, the long-term impact is that young people’s aspirations are raised, and our work with partners to ensure exit routes are provided into education and employment is resulting in young people now making positive life choices.”
Currently, the programme takes place across five parks with 30 to 40 youngsters during periods identified by police as times of high antisocial behaviour.
Mr Ellis backed the project as part of his bid to make sure that 100 per cent of funding received by Staffordshire Police from proceeds of crime seizures should go back into the community.
The fund is supporting projects in conjunction with local policing teams and local authorities. It is made up of assets and money seized by police from criminals in Staffordshire under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
Mr Ellis said: “For the first time, 100 per cent of funding that comes back to Staffordshire Police from proceeds of crime seizures is going directly to local communities.
“Projects like this benefit both the user and the community in a positive way.
“By engaging young people like this it means we can intervene early to tackle the problem of antisocial behaviour.
“Not only is this better for those directly involved, but it’s also the best way to reduce crime and have a positive impact on communities in the long-term.” More information is available by calling 01283 565938.