Head of Youth Justice Board visits youth project

Frances Done of the Youth Justice Board of England and Wales to visit Runcorn fire station

May 19 2011 Runcorn and Widnes Weekly News

THE boss of the country’s Youth Justice Board is to visit Runcorn fire station this week to see the project work being carried out by young people.

Firefighters will welcome Frances Done, chairwoman of the Youth Justice Board of England and Wales, tomorrow, Friday. Frances will meet to congratulate young people from Halton who have given up their free time to transform the community.

She will be the third recent high-profile visitor to the site, following MPs Derek Twigg and Graham Evans.

The project is part of Community Space Challenge, a lottery funded voluntary scheme which targets young people who are at risk of causing anti-social behaviour and offending.

The project is expected to last about five years.

Activities include transforming run down areas.

Mrs Done said: “I am greatly looking forward to visiting this worthwhile project and meeting the young people taking part.

“The YJB strongly believes that projects such as these can prove vital in changing the paths of young people who are at risk of becoming involved in crime and anti-social behaviour.”

Recent sessions have included growing fruit and vegetables, workshops to reduce inter-generational mistrust and a graffiti removal project targeting vandalism black spots.

Sean Creaney, Halton Council’s project manager, said: “It is so refreshing to see young people taking positive steps to transform their own communities for the better.

“It is clear that this project has achieved its aim of preventing youth offending.

“In working on the initiative the teenagers are sowing the seeds for a more constructive life, making a positive impact on their community. Several have come back saying their lives have been turned around by the project.”

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