Commissioner funds activities to keep kids off the streets

Young people with, back, from left, Coun  Morris Nicholls, Coun Lucy Hovvels, PCC Ron Hogg, Jane Robson (County Durham Community Foundation) and Hilary Jamieson (Wheatley Hill community Association).
Young people with, back, from left, Coun Morris Nicholls, Coun Lucy Hovvels, PCC Ron Hogg, Jane Robson (County Durham Community Foundation) and Hilary Jamieson (Wheatley Hill community Association).
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Young people are set to gain from more than £9,000 funding aimed at keeping them off the streets.

County Durham Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg awarded the cash to provide access to free activities for young people in Wheatley Hill.

Aimed at five to 16 year olds, ‘Safely off the Streets’ is a school holiday project running from this month to next May, based at Greenhills Centre.

This week the project had 34 youngsters enjoying football and sports in just one morning, and 11 families (11 adults & 29 children) getting messy in one of the creative craft sessions.

Classic activities are available, such as multi-sports, football coaching, dance, arts and youth drop-in sessions, while themed topics like road safety, bikeability and water safety will also be provided. Family events and additional activities for pre-school children are also offered.

Ron Hogg teamed up with local grant-making charity County Durham Community Foundation to deliver his Community Safety Fund for 2015-16.

In total, £149,983 has been awarded from the fund to 21 projects aimed at improving community safety and reducing crime.

Hilary Jamieson, operations manager at Wheatley Hill Community Association, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for our local community.

“It enables our children, young people and their families to access fun, safe activities on their doorstep.”

Mr Hogg said: “This project will engage young people in a variety of ways, while keeping them safely off the streets during the holidays.”