The Huddersfield Town Foundation has been granted £5574 from the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner’s Safer Communities Fund for their educational projects for young people!

The West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner’s Safer Communities fund is an initiative to increase community safety and prevent crime.

The Safer Communities fund has granted thousands of pounds to good causes with the Huddersfield Town Foundation’s ‘Get Onside’ project selected as a beneficiary from over 200 applications.

The ‘Get Onside’ project tackles crime and antisocial behaviour in our community to help safeguard vulnerable people. ‘Get Onside’ aims to improve community cohesion, major threats and mental health by staging interventions for young people.

This project will be delivered in several primary schools, with the Safer Communities Grant providing a staffing resource into each school for six-weeks to provide educational sessions on prevalent topics.

These sessions will discuss gang culture, weapon awareness, resilience, self-belief and different taster activities such as music, creative and sport and physical activity workshops.

The Huddersfield Town Foundation aims to use the power of the Football Club to engage, inspire and have a positive impact on our local community.

Abbi Andiyapan, Head of Inclusion and Health at the Huddersfield Town Foundation, commented:

“The grant we have received through the Safer Communities Fund will support our Get Onside programme, which will work in selected primary schools across Kirklees offering a 6-week intervention programme for pupils aged eight to nine years.

“The sessions will provide practical educational sessions on ways to support young people in becoming resilient and increasing their self-belief and awareness.”

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), added:

“The grant round in which the Huddersfield Town Foundation received funding had a direct focus on providing support for early intervention and opportunities for young people. The idea being to prevent young people from being drawn in to crime and anti-social behaviour.

“I am delighted to see this project commencing and look forward to hearing about the results as well as visiting them in the future.

“I am very pleased to be able to support initiatives such as the Get Onside Programme, projects like this are making a real difference on the ground in Huddersfield and surrounding areas.”