Police and Crime Commissioner Kim McGuinness has reinforced her message that violent crime has no place in communities, and through the Violence Reduction Unit’s Local Youth Fund, she has asked young people to put forward their ideas on how they think crime can be prevented.

As part of this fund, the Violence Reduction Unit is particularly keen to hear ideas on what would make young people stop carrying knives and what would make them feel safer.

With £15,000 available, young people from Northumberland, Tyne and Wear have the opportunity to apply for up to £500 to develop projects or activities that have a direct benefit to them or the communities they live in. Applications must be submitted by 12pm on Friday 20th January 2023.

Please read the The Local Youth Fund Criteria and apply here.

Thanks to previous rounds of this unique fund, almost £30,000 has already made a difference to around 4,000 young people through projects and activities they bid for, including a variety of sports activities, training programmes for personal development, improving local areas and a focus on health and well-being.

For more information on the Local Youth Fund, please contact the Violence Reduction Unit VRU@northumbria-pcc.gov.uk.