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Funding to reduce anti-social behaviour in Ovenden

Funding to reduce anti-social behaviour in Ovenden

Young people in Ovenden will benefit from a campaign to reduce anti-social behaviour next month after a community partnership achieved extra funding.

The Community Alcohol Partnership, which includes West Yorkshire Police and Together Housing, secured a £500 Ovenden ward forum grant to fund staff for an innovative engagement project.

As part of a wider campaign to tackle underage and nuisance drinking in the area in June, the group will hold activities on a double-decker bus run by Bus Oasis, engaging your people in positive activities and teaching them about alternatives to drink.

PC Kim McCloskey, Neighbourhood Officer for Ovenden, said the funding was secured as a joint-venture: “West Yorkshire Police believe that diverting young people from taking part in anti-social behaviour prevents trouble before it begins, and I was happy to apply for this funding for preventative work to take place.”

Tony King, Ward Co-ordinator for the Ovenden Initiative, said ward forum grants are used to improve the local community: “People from the Ovenden ward enjoy living in the area, but like any other area it does have its problems, so positive youth engagement projects that help tackle and reduce anti-social behaviour is very important”.

Caroline Grosvenor, Head of Sustainable Neighbourhoods for Together Housing, welcomed the partnership’s grant: “As a large housing association we know that our tenants, their neighbours and their families have a variety of needs we need to accommodate.

“Funding like this means we can work together with other agencies who want the same thing as the people of Ovenden – a great place to live.”

The June week of action will feature the bus alongside other community activities to promote safe, legal drinking and reducing anti-social behaviour.

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Kevin does public relations and digital inclusion work across Together Housing Group.