GREATER Manchester Police has given back £10,000 to community schemes in Tameside Council’s St Peter’s ward.
The funding came from a force-wide asset recovery incentive scheme and comprised money seized from criminals.
Ward residents decided which projects should be funded at a Giving Back event supported by Tameside Council, Action Together, New Charter Homes and the police, and held at the Church of Nazarene, Stamford Street, Ashton.
Lots of people braved the bad weather to attend, including the Civic Mayor of Tameside, Cllr Joyce Bowerman, who represents St Peter’s.
Insp Lee Derbyshire from GMP’s Tameside Division opened the meeting and explained how the funding would be invested in schemes that set out to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour, protect vulnerable people, and build and strengthen partnerships. The various community projects then gave their presentations.
The successful causes were:
Ashton Martial Arts: £2,000 to offer Chinese kick-boxing classes to young people to help instill discipline.
Lindley Education Trust: £2,000 to take young offenders on an outdoor residential course to challenge their bad behaviour and teach new skills.
Safe and Wise: £1,042 to work with homeless families, supporting them with new skills and offering social events such as Bikeability, learning first aid, family cooking, and swimming. Providing afternoon tea at Birchfield sheltered scheme.
Prime Active Communities: £1,980 for seven film-making sessions with young people causing/involved in anti-social behaviour. Work within the wider community also.
Wooden Canal Boat Society: £1,489 for eight canal trips for families and young people to help build strong family relationships, plus litter-picks and team-building with a focus on vandalism, littering and anti-social behaviour.
St Peter’s Anti-Dog Poo: £1,489, a campaign to tackle and spread the anti poo/litter anti-social behaviour message. An artist will work with residents’ groups, children and families and a school to design free-standing signs and plaques to reduce dog fouling in St Peter’s.
Uxbridge Street Multi-cultural Event (funded by New Charter): To hold a multi-cultural event to bring together residents in the Uxbridge Street area.
Neighbourhood North project officer Sue Moorcroft said: “The Giving Back event was partnership working at its very best and resulted in funding for a wide range of inter-generational projects that will serve to make St Peter’s a better place to live.
“Lots of people attended and the feedback was fantastic and positive. Everyone enjoyed themselves at what was a true community gathering.”
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