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Young PCVC takeover challenge!

libby and police and crime panel

(L-R): Mr Nick Cooke, Cllr Marjory Knowles, Cllr Brian Jones Vice Chair of the Police and Crime Panel, Young PCVC Libby Wright, PCVC Ron Hogg

YOUNG people from across County Durham and Darlington will benefit from funding to support projects aimed at reducing crime, allocated by the Young Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner.

Today, 17 year old Libby Wright from Stanley took on the duties of Ron Hogg, the Durham Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner, as part of Takeover Challenge.

Libby was elected as the Young Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner (PCVC) by her fellow Police Cadets. On Monday she chaired a committee meeting of Police Cadets and Mini Police at Darlington Town Hall. The committee agreed to fund the following projects:

  •  a website for schools, to help teachers plan lessons on topics such as road safety, internet safety and reducing crime
  • a project to enable young people to be involved in a samba band, giving young people confidence and a stake in society
  • 7 fun sessions involving motorbike activities, such as graphic design for motorbikes and looking after motorbikes. The sessions will be aimed at young people who have been in trouble
  •  a series of projects for disabled teenagers, looking at topics such as alcohol, drugs, bullying, hate crime
  •  youth club sessions to help young people learn to be safe when using the internet

Libby said: “I’m pleased that the Committee has funded some projects which will make a real difference to people’s lives. I really want to give young people a voice during my time as Young PCVC and I will continue to ask how the Police, and other service providers, are prioritising the things which young people feel strongly about”

During her Takeover Challenge Day, Libby also spent time with the Police and Crime Panel and met the Chief Constable.

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For more information, and to arrange interviews with Libby Wright and Ron Hogg, please contact Jon Carling, Head of Policy and Communications, on 07851 011361 or jon.carling@durham.pcc.pnn.gov.uk   

Notes to editors

In the photograph (L-R): Mr Nick Cooke, Cllr Marjory Knowles, Cllr Brian Jones Vice Chair of the Police and Crime Panel, Young PCVC Libby Wright, PCVC Ron Hogg

Takeover Challenge

Organised by the Children’s Commissioner, Anne Longfield OBE, Takeover Challenge is an annual event which sees organisations across England opening their doors to children and young people to take over adult roles. It aims to put children and young people in decision-making positions and encourages organisations and businesses to hear their views. Young people gain an insight into the adult world and organisations benefit from a fresh perspective about their work. 

Young PCVC fund

The Young PCVC Fund is made up of £10,000 from Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner Ron Hogg, and £10,000 from the High Sheriff for County Durham, Caroline Peacock.

All projects were suggested by young people (under 18) from County Durham and Darlington. They needed to have the backing of a youth group or other organisation that works with young people. The projects which the fund is supporting are:

  1. £5000 for a website for schools, to help teachers plan lessons on topics such as:

-         Road safety

-         Being safe using computers

-         Reducing crime

This will help tackle cybercrime, and help reduce crime more generally.

2.     £5000 to enable young people to be involved in a samba band.

-         Teenagers will help lead the samba band, learning how to play different drums and get people playing together

-         They will learn how to look after everyone in the group and be great leaders

This will help reduce re-offending by giving young people confidence and a stake in society that should help divert them from becoming criminals.

3.    £5000 to run 7 fun sessions on motorbike activities, such as graphic design for motorbikes and looking after motorbikes.

-         The activities will run in a school in Darlington, with some lessons elsewhere 

Some of the young people invited will be people who have been in trouble, and this will give them something good to do and help reduce re-offending.

4.    £3,300 for a programme of projects for disabled teenagers. 

-         Each session will look at a different topic, such as alcohol, drugs, bullying, hate crime

-         The project will include trips to police riot training, a weekend away and Beamish Murder Investigation activity

This will help give the young people a better understanding of the dangers of drugs, alcohol, bullying and so on.

5.     £1700 for special sessions at a youth club that will help young people learn to be safe when using the internet.

-         There will be special sessions for the youth groups that help them understand how to be safe when using their computers, mobile phones and tablets. The money will be spent on tablets to use in the sessions.

This project should make a real difference in reducing the risks of cybercrime to young people.

Posted on Wednesday 22nd November 2017
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