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Funding joy for Keighley scheme helping prevent youth crime
11:00am Friday 11th October 2013 in News
A Keighley scheme to steer young people away from crime is celebrating receiving an additional six months worth of funding.
The West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner announced an extension of support for projects such as youth offending, drugs intervention and community safety.
Mark Burns-Williamson revealed there would be another six months of funding for crime and community partnerships at the same level as it is now.
Among the groups that will receive a share of this cash is the charity JAMES, which runs the Positive Futures programmes in Keighley. It has already received its funding for the 2013/14 financial year, but the extra money announced last week will enable it to maintain its current level of service until October next year.
Mandy Lakes, operations manager at JAMES, said: “This is great news, especially when there are so many cuts going on elsewhere.”
She added the group does one-to-one work with ‘at risk’ young people, and runs alternative education sessions for youngsters who are struggling in mainstream education.
It also operates a mechanical skills training programme on Thursday evenings. The project worked with 130 young people in the Keighley area last year.