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£5,000 grant awarded to support Active Choice programme in Leicestershire

The North West Community Safety Partnership has agreed to contribute grant funding of £5,000 towards the running of the Active Choice course programme, aimed at reducing crime and anti-social behaviour in young people.

Active Choice is a multi-agency programme involving Leicestershire Police, Leicestershire Youth Offending Service, North West Leicestershire District Council and Conkers.

The programme is aimed at young people and designed to give them opportunities to participate in a wide range of activities as well as learning life-skills including citizenship and making better decisions.

Martin Traynor, Director of the National Forest Charitable Trust, on behalf of CONKERS said: “More than 100 young people have successfully participated in the programme and we’re proud to be involved in this positive initiative. CONKERS is committed to the educative development of children and young people through our attraction’s activities and events. Our support for the Active Choice programme reflects this ongoing commitment.”

John Richardson, Head of Community Services at North West Leicestershire District Council, said: “Engaging with young people is hugely important to the district council and we are delighted to be working with our partners on the Active Choice initiative.

“This £5,000 will help give young people chance to learn key life skills and take part in activities that they otherwise might have been out of reach for them.”

Inspector Helena Bhakta from North West Leicestershire Police said: “I am delighted that we are a part of Active Choice. I would like to thank the National Forest Charitable Trust for their continued support that has enabled us to make a difference to communities right across North West Leicestershire.

“I know that the programme has given a large number of young people the opportunity to take part in activities they would not ordinarily have had the chance to, as well as to learn about their role in the community.”