The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner is funding a youth club based in Alum Rock which offers activities for young people during the summer holidays.

The PCC is investing hundreds of thousands of pounds to reduce the risk of young people in the West Midlands committing and being victims of violent crime over the summer holidays.

The Naseby Youth Centre is engaging with young people aged 11-25 in a 4 week programme. Which provides young people the opportunity to engage in positive activities such as boxing, dance, ice skating, rock climbing and a variety of other activities.

As well as providing sporting activities the centre is also engaging young people in workshops aimed at reducing violent crime. The workshops are done in partnership with local groups and the Police to raise awareness about youth violence and challenge knife crime.

The project gives young people particularly from disadvantaged backgrounds access activities which they may not be able to otherwise access.

The centre has over 100 young people attending each day.

The aim of the project is to get young people engaged in activities so that they can make a positive difference in their community.

By attending the centre the young people have had the opportunity to learn, develop, make new friends, challenge themselves and work with members of the community and the police to find positive solutions to the current issues facing young people.

Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner Waheed Saleem said: “The rise in violent crime across the country and here in the West Midlands has been well documented. The region has seen an 85% rise in knife since 2012.

“The PCC is investing over half a million pounds to provide diversionary activities for young people in the West Midlands.

“The Naseby Youth Centre is an excellent example of project which is helping get young people off the streets and giving them a positive alternative.

“The centre is providing great opportunities for young people to make new friends, learn new life skills and make a positive contribution to their local community”.

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