Latest Round of Funding to Tackle Serious Youth Violence

Over £12,500 in funding support to tackle serious youth violence.

A total of £12,673.44 has been awarded to a number of groups across the county through the Northamptonshire High Sheriff’s Initiative Fund that will be tackling serious youth violence covering one of the following approaches:

  • Preventative – Projects working with vulnerable families and communities to reduce childhood adversity.
  • Early Intervention – Projects working with at risk or excluded children and young people.
  • Intervention – Projects working with young people at risk of offending or re-offending in relation to violent crime.

Nicholas Robertson DL, the High Sheriff of Northamptonshire, said: “We saw four very different projects on our visits and found every one of them had a vision of what they wanted to achieve and the motivation to achieve it. Some really inspiring examples of what people in the county are doing for the benefit of all of us. I much look forward to seeing the progress that they have made in early 2020.”

Projects that received funding from the latest round are:

  • Family Support Link – To support their ‘I Matter Too’ programme, alongside ongoing peer support groups and positive activities for young people affected by family members with addiction.
  • Springs Family Centre – To support an outreach works project with the aim of diverting young people from anti-social behaviour and crime.
  • Rough and Ready Kickboxing – To support five young people participating in 30 evening sessions who have previously been gang members involved in criminal activity.
  • Free 2 Talk CIC – To run weekly youth groups in Bellinge and Lodge Farm supporting young people who are at risk or have been excluded from school.

Cliver Ireson, of Springs Family Centre, said: “We are so grateful for the funding from the High Sheriff’s Initiative Fund. It will allow us to expand our youth work to include some detached outreach work aimed at diverting young people from anti-social behaviour and crime.”

The Fund, managed and facilitated by Northamptonshire Community Foundation, encourages the development of projects that bring people closer to their communities to create a more cohesive society. This year, it seeks to help young people to realise their potential, create stronger, safer communities and to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.

Rachel McGrath, Deputy CEO of Northamptonshire Community Foundation, said: “We are working closely with the High Sheriff and the awarded local projects tackling serious youth violence across the Fund’s three approaches. The awards will also enable the groups to attract match funding from other sources of support increasing their capacity to continue their crucial and life changing work.”

Northamptonshire Community Foundation is the leading, independent grant-making charity in the county, working with fund holders and donors to ensure projects make a sustainable impact on local need.