Published - Monday, 27 July, 2015
High Sheriff Project Visit awards three inspiring projects
Transforming young lives and helping make communities safer
The High Sheriff Dr Ahmed Mukhtar and members of the High Sheriff Panel have recently awarded grants to projects working with children and young people aimed at raising aspirations and building safer communities. The panel took to the roads of Northamptonshire carrying out face to face project visits. Each project is working with their local Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) and taking a distinct approach to supporting young people in their communities.
Greenacres Rural Enterprises CIC were awarded a grant of £2930 to run a home grown food box scheme led by young people living in the Daventry and District area. The young people will be responsible for setting up and running the project. Each young person taking part is at risk of permanent exclusion from school. These young people will complete their education still on a school roll, will go into school to take their GCSEs. However, they will also have developed horticultural, catering and business skills and will leave with either a college place or an apprenticeship.
Vision Youth Cafe were awarded a grant of £2997 to run the successful 'Soundbox' project led by young people living in Towcester and the surrounding area. The group aim to create a youth forum as an active group for youth voice, consultation and community action in Towcester and surrounding areas and set them the task of consulting, planning and delivering a special event, which engages over 100 local young people in fun and interactive activities and educational workshops that they have asked for through the consultation by the young people.
Hope Project Wellingborough were awarded £2890 to run the Ngage with Hope Programme. This is a new six week activity planned for young people between the ages of 7 to14 that have suffered bullying in their lives and who have low self esteem and who could potentially end up getting involved in drug abuse or gangs so they have some form of identity. The activity will take place in the community and skills centre on the Hemmingwell estate, with some day trips out for team activities. They will work towards a weekend away at the end of the course for those who engage.