Network is targeting antisocial behaviour
PUBLISHED: 16:00 02 May 2014
A CHILDREN'S programme in North Somerset which helps offer youth groups and activities for youngsters has been given a £3,000 grant.
The South Rural Network (SRN), which combines Banwell, Bleadon, Hutton, Locking, Winscombe and Sandford, has been given the cash boost by the Community Action Fund.
The money will go towards the cost of a youth and sports outreach worker, who will visit the villages and spend time engaging with young people on the streets. The aim is to prevent the youngsters from causing antisocial behaviour by offering healthy and productive activities.
Marc Molloy, SRN’s fundraising co-ordinator, said: “We have already commissioned some work in Banwell on a Friday night which is when the majority of antisocial incidents take place.
“The local police team is fully supportive of our work in the village so we are excited about the potential of working together to create something great.
“We are now looking at ways in which we can engage with other projects locally. The grant fits in with our aim of working with children and teenagers up to the age of 19 in positive activities in the villages.”
The SRN also hopes to work with Churchill Leisure Centre and is looking at the possibility of a Friday night session which will be open to all to attend for free access to sports, swimming and more.
The centre is also researching the possibility of a summer festival which will be open to everyone to attend to try new activities.
The SRN will fund these activities and help run sessions.