On Thursday evening, 24th March, we were joined by Libby Andrews (Dr. Elizabeth Andrews, High Sheriff of Gwynedd) and Dave Evans of Crimebeat North Wales to talk to us about the various Crimebeat projects in Gwynedd. After the talk we donated £100 to Crimebeat North Wales. In the photo are Libby Andres, our President, Stephanie Purcell, and Dave Evans of CrimeBeat.
The purpose of Crimebeat projects is to make our communities safer by working in particular with young people aged 5 to 25 to involve them more in their local communities, through raising awareness of their community’s history and culture, whilst at the same time providing training in useful skills, with a view to reducing crime and anti-social behaviour. Crimebeat is Libby Andrews chosen charity for her year of office. Individual projects receive grants of up to £500 and are run by local volunteers, often PCSOs (Police Community Support Officers). A particularly successful scheme is ‘Justice In A Day’, where young people learn about the Youth Justice System through drama with audience participation and meeting people involved in the system and why they really are better off avoiding getting involved with the System for what, to them, might seem a trivial offence.
The information below is taken from the website of CrimeBeat North Wales.
Being part of a friendly, safe community where people look out for one another is one of the most valuable things we can have in life. We all have something to offer and give back to our communities and often young people can see things that older people miss.
We are committed to helping young people with any idea that they think could have a positive impact on their area. This help can be in the way of advice and guidance to transform your idea into reality but in concrete terms, a grant of up to £500 cash to help make things happen.
We all talk about the big problems in the world, but actually, it can be the smaller problems which can make life miserable in our local communities, that’s why Crimebeat is different.
Words like shoplifting, vandalism, bullying and drug abuse just wash over you until you meet the people who are terrified because of them. People don’t deserve to be scared of going out at night, shopkeepers shouldn’t have their livelihoods threatened because their stock is getting nicked and your neighbourhood should be a safe place for children to grow up.
Most of us who are under 25 think that we aren’t listened to enough, Crimebeat is a chance to change that. Why not get together with your mates and come up with ways to make your patch safer for everyone, then access funding to make things happen.
We give you the chance to make your idea a reality. Some recent examples have been; helping clubs with new equipment, making education DVDs and design awareness campaigns. There’s also a national prize each year for the best campaigns and the best results; we’re really interested in your ideas and giving you credit for them!
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