Merseyside Police have funded local activities for Halloween and Bonfire Night to make sure that young people across Merseyside can have a spooktacular time.
The force hopes families and young people can have a safe, enjoyable autumn half-term, Halloween and bonfire period and has given £4000 of funding to local community groups.
Merseyside Police hope that this funding will give local community groups the ability to access opportunities that are fun, safe and supervised.
Community partners and local groups were invited to bid for the funding by outlining their proposals and how they would benefit local youngsters. Bids were open to every local authority area across Merseyside and funding was awarded to a total of 16 groups.
Sergeant Azizur Rahman from our Community Engagement Unit said:
“We’re so pleased to be able to fund these activities – there’s a really wide variety of things. We’ve got Halloween discos, sports, arts and crafts, drama, pizza parties, trips… it’s fangtastic.
“We know when young people are given the opportunity to take part in local activities, antisocial behaviour tends to decrease.
“This should be a fun time of year for kids, and we know how excited they get. Having these events is good for parents too, because they’re either there with their children, or they can be certain where their children are, which is so important when the nights are drawing in.”
Community Engagement Inspector Sharon Robinson added:
“We really want to encourage parents, carers and young people to consider some of the great activities being held in the community this half-term and Halloween. It’s a time children want to spend with friends, and organised events give them the opportunity to do something out of the ordinary, rather than hanging around on cold, damp street corners nowhere to go.
“If an activity isn’t around the corner we’d encourage anyone, who is able, to drop them off and pick them up.
“For bonfire night, we would always recommend that families and young people attend safely organised, local events. Fireworks, should not be seen as a toy, they can cause horrendous burns which could prove to be life changing.
“We are really pleased to be able to contribute and support some of these events this year, and would like to thank the organisers across Merseyside for taking the time and energy to put these activities together.
“We will have increased patrols out in our communities throughout the Halloween and Bonfire Night period to provide reassurance. If you’re worried about something though, please, get in touch with us via DM @MerPolCC, ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’ on Facebook.”
- FireFit Hub, Toxteth – £500, for events taking place during the Halloween and Bonfire Night period for young people. Activities include, basketball, football, table tennis, pool, gaming competitions, arts and crafts
- Netherley Youth and Community Initiative – £250, for a disco and Halloween party for young people ages 8-19 years
- Deysbrook Village Centre – £250, the centre will engage with 580 local residents per week who access various sessions, classes and services within the centre. The funding will be used towards aiding engaging activities with local young people in the area
- An Hour for Others – £250, for their event that is running from 24th-28th October for children aged 8-13
- Shrewsbury House Youth & Community Centre – £250,funding used for a pizza party and games for members, including an overnight sleepover for 60 young people
- Young Persons Advisory Service, £250 – for activities including creative play, drama, dance and singing
- Joseph Lappin Centre, £250 – a Halloween party which includes a disco, food and games with youths and families
- Autism Adventures Training Ltd Community Interest Company, £500 – funding to provide a sensory space as well as food and a movie night
- Norris Green Youth Centre Ltd – £350, funding for a three-day residential play away in Skipton, Yorkshire during half term
- The Florence Institute Trust (The Florrie), £500 – daily workshops after school and in the early evening, featuring activities such as costume and mask making, Halloween window decorations, and decorations for the Grand Hall Halloween Party
- £500, for funding a Halloween disco. This will provide funding for a DJ, pizza, drinks, games, face painting and decorations
- Community Safety Team, St Helens Council – £1420, for the hire of a cinema screen at St Helens Cineworld for young people to enjoy a film
- Centre 63, Kirkby – £250, for activities that will be delivered for 6 nights across October and November held at an organised event
- New Hutte Neighbourhood Centre, Halewood – £250, funding will be used for movie nights, arts and crafts and multi-sports events for young people
- Tower Hill Boxing club, Kirkby – £200, for a Halloween party aimed at young people between the ages of 7-15, the activity will include fun games and a DJ