Leeds and Wakefield: Communities helping themselves win awards

REWARD: St Mary's School, Menston was awarded �500 for its Stop Drugs In Leeds campaign.
REWARD: St Mary's School, Menston was awarded �500 for its Stop Drugs In Leeds campaign.
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Community activity groups from Leeds and Wakefield have received awards from a £50,000 West Yorkshire Police Community Trust pot.

Community Trust chairman Allison Bainbridge said: “All the work that goes on around the county often goes unseen but it is the tremendous commitment and determination shown by these groups that contributes greatly to the success of local policing. Without them, policing our streets would be much harder and I am delighted to be able to reward them all for their hard work and dedication.”

LEEDS awards:

* Cardigan Centre Youth Point – Urban Arts (£1,850) – to fund an urban arts session in Little London.

* Cardinal Youth Club (£1,000) – to involve young people aged 8-19 in crafts such as knitting, crocheting, embroidery, sewing, bicycle recycle, DJ skills and woodwork.

* Carnival Summer School (£1,850) – to extend an arts-based project to enhance education potential of youngsters from deprived areas of Leeds through visual arts, using Leeds West Indian Carnival as a platform.

* Christ Church Armley Youth Project (£1,750) – a group for 11 to 14-year-old boys on a Friday evening for 26 weeks to address issues such as friendship, relationships, violence, peer pressure, drugs and alcohol.

* Gipton Juniors (£1,300) – to replace equipment recently stolen to enable the club to continue to offer football training for six to 18-year-olds in the community.

* Re’new (£1,750) – to fund positive activities for young people in Middleton and Belle Isle with 24 weeks of cycle mechanics sessions and 24 weeks of rock music sessions for 32 youngsters accredited through Leeds Youth Award. Aimed at developing interpersonal skills, skills in music and bike mechanics, aspirations for training and jobs, perseverance, problem solving, team work and self esteem.

* The Beck, a project of Re’new (£1,650) – a 12-week intensive support service for 25, 13 to 19-year-olds at risk of not being involved in employment, education or training.

* Voices and Choices Committee (£1,750) – an area in the city centre that’s fun, attractive, safe and welcoming for young people will be created.

WAKEFIELD awards:

* Crofton Fishing Club (£1,750) – to help set up and enhance Coppers Lake into an area where young and old can enjoy fishing together.

* Featherstone Youth Engagement Community Centre (£1,700) – 15 sessions with up to 20 young people referred by police and schools to look at engaging them in a unique self control course, developed by an ex-offender. This will use martial arts, non-contact boxing plus stretching and relaxation techniques to teach the students to stay calm in confrontational situations.

* Hall Green Community Association (£1,750) – set up a youth group managed by local young people to engage youngsters in out of school activities to help develop confidence and life skills, plus physical and social development.

* Knottingley Community Partnership Project (£1,750) – to install a ball court and a multi-use games area to give young people a place to congregate and play away from homes and vehicles.

* Tackling Temper and Antisocial Behaviour (£1,550) – working within Burley Park and Tinsley Learning Centres, a Tackling Temper and Anti-Social Behaviour programme involving six two-hour sessions, using boxing and other sports to engage with difficult youngster.

* The Old Quarry Adventure Playground Ltd (£1,750) – 20 people aged 11 to 25 will engage in Saturday sessions of self-directed building of assault course structures to promote working as a team, encourage co-operation and provide an opportunity to develop leadership skills, deterring young people from engaging in anti-social behaviour.