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Confiscated cash set to benefit Shadsworth

Confiscated cash set to benefit Shadsworth

Money confiscated from criminals will be used to create an IT centre at the new £1.5m Shadsworth Hub.

Newground has been successful in gaining £19,500 funding from the Proceeds of Crime Fund.

The organisation is among 15 to benefit from almost £500,000 that was seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act and is being used to support a wide range of projects across the county.

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The new hub includes shops on the ground floor and a fully accessible community resource centre on the first floor, which includes office space for staff and partner agencies, a designated training room, chill out space, training kitchen and multi-use community space.

The money will be used to create an IT training and drop in resource including the purchase of specialised equipment and furniture needed for the provision of a contemporary learning base. 

Glen Finch, Newground’s Director of Sustainable Communities, said: “The £1.5million investment the Together Housing Group has made in the new community facilities at Shadsworth will be a huge benefit to the local residents.

“Newground have been working with the local community over the last 12 months and have recently invested additional staff resource into the area. The awarding of the grant from the Proceeds of Crime Fund will help Newground and partners offer increased services and provide a online offer to help job search and training.

 “We are really pleased to have received the funding for the project and look forward to making the new centre the Hub of community activities over the next few years

Announcing the successful applications, Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw. said: "I'm really pleased to have had the chance to meet some of the people who will be putting this money to good use right across Lancashire.

"I think the best way to use this money is to put it back into the community at grass roots level at those organisations who are helping vulnerable people, reducing crime or providing support for victims in line with my Police and Crime Plan.

"I was amazed by the quality of the submissions we received and I'm delighted so many excellent projects will benefit from this money.

"The money will support some of Lancashire's most vulnerable people, including youngsters from deprived areas and victims of domestic violence and child sexual exploitation, as well as help to reduce crime in the county.

"We were overwhelmed by the amount of interest in this scheme and we will be working closely with many of those who were unsuccessful this time to see if we can find other ways to help get their projects off the ground."

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