Merseyside’s Police Commissioner is marking her first year in office by announcing the launch of her summer Youth Diversion Fund to offer safe, engaging activities for thousands of young people and help ease holiday hardship across the region.
Emily Spurrell, who started in post a year ago, warned that the school holidays can be a particularly hard time for young people from families who are struggling.
The six week’s holiday is also a time when communities across Merseyside often see a spike in anti-social behaviour, causing concern and distress for local families and acting as a drain on police resources
To help ease the pressure, the PCC is extending her successful Youth Diversion Fund to run over the summer months and is inviting community and grassroot organisations to bid for funds to run projects which will provide positive diversionary activities, such as sports, arts, or cultural activities, for young people right across Merseyside.
A total of £100,00 is available from the fund and organisations can bid for a one-off cash boost of up to £5,000 to provide safe, supervised summer activities for young people and help reduce ASB in their communities during the six week’s holiday.
Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Emily Spurrell said: “People across Merseyside have told me that ASB can be a blight on their communities during the summer months, particularly during the six week’s holidays when young people are not in school and there are long light nights with very little for them to do.
“Many young people who get involved with behaviour which becomes anti-social don’t have access to positive activities and opportunities to keep them safe and engaged. They feel have nowhere to go and nothing to do.
“Families who were already struggling and are now facing a huge rise in the cost of living, simply don’t have the money to pay for holidays or organised clubs during the six week’s school break.
“Community-based activities can provide a lifeline for these kids. By releasing a new round of my Youth Diversion Fund for projects running over the summer holidays, my goal is to ensure there are safe, fun, enjoyable activities for young people right across Merseyside.
Emily added: “There are lots of brilliant community and grassroots organisations across our region which are committed to giving to young people the best start in life, offering them positive activities, and improving their future prospects and I’m proud to be able to support their work through this fund.”
The Youth Diversion Fund is administered by the Community Foundation for Merseyside, (CFM) on behalf of the Commissioner. CFM holds funds from individuals and organisations as donors who wish to support deserving causes in Merseyside.
All applications must be submitted online via the Community Foundation for Merseyside by 4pm on Friday 10th June 2022.
Please visit their website https://cfmerseyside.org.uk/funds/youth-diversion-fund to apply.