Crime Commissioner backs community partnerships
Durham Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg spent an afternoon with Foundation of Light witnessing first-hand the positive impact being made to raise young people's aspirations within the North-East.
Commissioner Hogg observed Junior Sports Leaders and Kicks sessions delivered by Foundation staff designed to engage youngsters aged 8-16 in a range of healthy and constructive activities as well as gaining new skills and qualifications.
Delivered in schools across the region, the Junior Sports Leaders award helps participants develop confidence, communication skills and organisational skills which can be transferred into other areas of their lives.
Launched in 2006, Kicks addresses social and community issues and creates routes into education, training and employment.
During his visit Mr Hogg also met with representatives from Cestria Community Housing and Derwentside Homes to talk about the positive differences being made to their local communities through their partnerships with the Foundation of Light.
Commenting on his visit, Commissioner Hogg said:
“It’s been fantastic to see first-hand the work that is being done by Foundation of Light, combating anti-social behaviour and raising the aspirations and skills of this region’s young people, and giving them a chance of realising their potential.”
"The partnerships with Cestria Community Housing and Derwentside Homes have been key to the success of these initiatives, enabling substantial change in both areas, and I applaud the efforts of all involved."
The Foundation of Light's partnerships with Cestria Community Housing and Derwentside Homes has seen anti-social behaviour and criminal damage by up to 80% some communities over recent years through projects such as Kicks which addresses social and community issues and creates routes into education, training and employment.
Karen Morris, Head of Community Investment and Customer Services at Derwentside Homes, commented:
"Our partnership with Foundation of Light helps us provide a range of activities and opportunities to thousands of people our community that would normally not be available to them.
"We are extremely proud of what has been achieved so far and look forward to similar successes in the future."
Martin Warhurst, Managing Director of Cestria Community Housing, added:
"Over the past six years our partnership with Foundation of Light has made a remarkable difference to young people and their families in what was previously one of the North East's worst affected areas for youth anti-social behaviour.
"We are committed to improving our local community and working with Foundation of Light helps achieve this goal."
Mark Pae, Foundation of Light's Head of Outreach in North Durham, said:
"It has been a great day and we are delighted Commissioner Hogg accepted this opportunity to meet those that benefit from the activities offered by Foundation of Light, Cestria and Derwentside Homes."
Foundation of Light is the registered charity of Sunderland AFC, which helps some of the North East’s most deprived communities. Structurally and financially independent of the football club, the charity needs to raise more than £3m every year through fundraising.
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Posted on Tuesday 7th October 2014