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New Fleetwood project tackles youth crime

A joint effort to tackle youth crime and anti-social behaviour in Fleetwood has pulled together no less than eight organisations.

Vandalism and intimidating behaviour by some groups of youths have led to the creation of a project called Working Together Better in Fleetwood.
The idea is to increase youth engagement activities in the town through joined up efforts across the community.
But councillors on Fleetwood Town Council voted to a defer an agenda item at its latest meeting after a request from Active Lancashire, the group driving the project, for the council  to provide £6,545 for the scheme.
Concerns were raised by members regarding the need for more detail of match funding by other stakeholders.
The issue will now come up for discussion again at the council’s next meeting on May 14.
The project has input from a range of agencies – Fleetwood Town Council,Wyre Council, Lancashire Constabulary, Lancashire County Council’s Children and Family Wellbeing Service, Lancashire’s Youth Offending Team, Fleetwood Town FC Community Trust, Addaction, the Community Safety Partnership and Active Lancashire.
Active Lancashire has invested £18,020 in three satellite clubs at Fleetwoood – a “free-running” parkour group for eight to 18-year-olds; a dance group for 11 to 19-year-olds and Glow Games sessions for 13 to 19-year-olds.
Active Lancashire said: “Since the inception of three satellite clubs over the last months, we have evidenced good practice, partnership work and exciting future prospects for residents in Fleetwood.”
The efforts followed a survey by partnership representatives, which asked 904 11 to 16-year-olds what activities they were involved in.
Some 64 per cent did not attend any clubs or groups in Fleetwood, while 66.5 per cent thought there was not enough for young people to do in Fleetwood.
Despite the successes, there have been a number of challenges to the scheme.
It was found that some partners placed low levels of importance and value on community youth engagement.
And changing not only the active behaviour of young people, but their cultural habits and aspirations, required significant amounts of time.
Active Lancashire said the £6,545 funding from Fleetwood Town Council would lead to a higher percentage of young people to engage with positive activities across Fleetwood.
But the Fleetwood councillors wanted more information before committing the funding and rejected the cash request, before voting in favour of an alternative move – deferment.
The council stated: “An alternative proposal was made to defer the matter to May 14 for the application to be made on a grant-aid form with further details of finances and match funding already received.
“Therefore, the matter will be heard again on May 14 and the clerk will write to the Active Lancashire Proposer with the council’s requests.”

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