Merseyside’s Police Commissioner has announced nearly half a million pounds is being invested through the region’s Violence Reduction Partnership (VRP) to build brighter futures for young people across the region.

The Sports, Arts and Culture Fund has been set up to offer greater opportunities for thousands of young people, helping them to gain valuable skills, build their confidence and make positive decisions for the future.

After inviting bids for the fund last year, the Police Commissioner, Emily Spurrell, has confirmed the 20 brilliant grassroots projects which have been awarded a share of the £485,000 VRP pot to deliver projects focused on engaging and supporting young people, particularly in areas where youth activities have been cut in recent years.

From qualifications in mental health awareness and first aid to digital skills and theatre productions, street arts sessions and sports camps, nearly 8,500 young people from across the region are set to benefit from the new fund.

Successful organisations

The successful organisations include:

  • Alt Valley Community Trust (Croxteth)
  • Apollo Sports Club CIC (Halewood)
  • Autism Adventures Training (Speke)
  • Behind Bars (Birkenhead, Bidston and St James)
  • Brunswick Youth and Community (Linacre)
  • Centre 63 (Whitefield, Cherryfield, Shevington and Northwood)
  • Community Capacity Builders (Leasowe, Moreton, Seacombe, Bidston)
  • Evolving Mindset CIC (Prescot Town Centre)
  • Future Yards CIC (Birkenhead and Tranmere)
  • Maximum Edge (St Helens town centre and Parr)
  • Methodist Centre (Princes Park)
  • Netherton Park Community Association (Netherton)
  • People Empowered CIC (St Helens town centre, Parr and Prescot)
  • Rotunda Inclusive (Kirkdale)
  • Saints Community Development Foundation (St Helens)
  • Torus Foundation (Princes Park)
  • Tranmere Rovers in the Community - TRIC (Bidston and St James)
  • Utopia Project (Birkenhead, Tranmere, Bidston and St James)
  • Venus (Linacre)
  • Women’s Enterprising Breakthrough - WEB (Birkenhead)

Please note, this fund is now closed.