Widnes Vikings score funding for young people venture Date published: 8th January 2016 9.47am

Young people in Halton have been given an extra boost thanks to Cheshire Police and Crime Commissioner’s Crime Prevention Fund.

Cheshire Police and Crime Commissioner John Dwyer handed a cheque for £4,500 to Widnes Vikings Community Department on 6 January.

The money will go towards their project ‘Engage’ which  is a mentoring initiative aiming to engage young people in sport as well as giving them one to one guidance and advice.

The project was developed in consultation with a number of agencies including Halton Borough Council, Halton Clinical Commissioning Group, Young Addaction, and the Safer Halton Partnership.

John Dwyer said: “It is great to see the valuable work such clubs do within the community and how they are dedicated to engaging with young people to keep them on the right path. 

“As Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire I made a commitment to support young people. I have been able to deliver my promise, with the help of my Youth Ambassador when he was in post, by understanding young people’s views and their needs and directing funds to supporting valuable projects such as ‘Engage’.”

Richard Munson, Community Integrated Director at Widnes Vikings said: “We are really grateful for the support of Mr Dwyer in providing the funding from the Crime Reduction Fund for the 'Engage' project. A key focus of our work in the community is on engaging young people in positive activities and the funding will now be used to provide a new vital service that uses the power of sport to engage young people who may engage in anti-social behaviour.”