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Fakenham and Downham Market among areas to benefit from Norfolk funding to help children and young people

Tackling anti-social behaviour and providing extra support for youngsters in our area are the targets for Norfolk’s authorities.

A joint funding project between the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk (OPCCN), Norfolk Community Foundation, Norfolk County Council and Norfolk Youth Advisory Board has awarded more than £170,000 to organisations across the county to help young people access a range of activities.

The SPACE (Supporting Positive Activities and Community Engagement) youth fund has been set up to reach young people, primarily aged 13 to 15 with positive youth activities in Norfolk.

The Downham-based SWAN Youth Project is one of the organisations to have been granted funding. Picture: Norfolk Police
The Downham-based SWAN Youth Project is one of the organisations to have been granted funding. Picture: Norfolk Police

Six organisations across Norfolk have been successful with their bids, which includes sports and art-based provision.

Among these is EP Youth, which has been handed £30,000 to fund youth workers to deliver detached sessions in different locations in the rural hinterland around Fakenham, where incidents of anti-social behaviour has been identified.

Meanwhile, the Downham-based SWAN Youth Project has also been awarded £30,000.

This will allow it to employ an additional youth worker for 12 hours per week to support teenagers aged between 13-15 wanting to access the open access sessions and the Bike Kitchen Project.

Anna Foster, CEO of the SWAN Youth Project, said: “The SPACE fund will have a significant positive impact on young people in our community, helping to support young people and give them the opportunity to engage in positive, productive activities.

“We believe that this will not only keep young people safe but also help to improve their overall well-being and quality of life.

“We are grateful for the support of the Police Crime Commissioner's SPACE fund and look forward to working together to make the community a better place for all.”

All the successful organisations are members of the Sir Norman Lamb Coalition for Young People. This coalition is made up of Norfolk-based voluntary, community, or social enterprise organisations working with children and young people to help strengthen their existing services.

Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Giles Orpen-Smellie, said: “This type of collaborative community-based provision is so important and reflects the Community Safety Partnership’s preventative approach.

“Providing opportunities like this to young people helps build stronger and safer communities for now and the future. This is why these priorities feature prominently in my Police, Crime and Community Safety Plan.”

Catrin Hamer, senior programmes advisor at Norfolk Community Foundation, added: “Opportunities like this only happen when we all work together.

“We’re proud to have co-ordinated this amazing multi-year funding opportunity that will offer stability for young people and lead to positive outcomes for communities.

“We are always here to champion local charities that do amazing work to help young people in our Norfolk communities.”

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