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A project in Smethwick, which puts on sporting activities to divert young people away from crime, is being supported by the Police and Crime Commissioner using money seized from criminals.

The Benson Community Project has received over £3,000 from David Jamieson’s Active Citizens Fund.

The initiative is used by thousands of people who live in Smethwick and the nearby area.

The project is organised by volunteers who are dedicated to helping their community look after and support each other.

However, it is not just sporting activities that are offered by the group, they also offer people who have difficult backgrounds the chance to gain qualifications to help them into employment.

The project also works to divert people away from crime and take an active role within their community through referrals from the local police. It is a family environment for those ages 5 and up where parents can play sports with their children and others.

The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, David Jamieson, who operates the Active Citizens Fund said:

“The work the Benson Community Project is doing is invaluable to the area. They are bringing the people together and creating a real sense of community cohesion.

“At a time when we are seeing fewer facilities for families and young people to use, the work done by the likes of the Benson Community Project is even more important.

“I am pleased to be able to support projects like this, putting money that we have taken from criminals to good use.”

Paul Landucci, Manager of the Benson Community Project said: “The aim of our work is to reinforce the community and create more cohesion within it.

“The Active Citizens Fund allows us to help thousands of people, of all ages, learn new skills, making new friends and getting any help that they may need.

“The project shows what can happen when communities come together. It is amazing to be part of this solely because we are a part of that community.”

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