South Yorkshire police chief funds music project

Commissioner Shaun Wright at Horizon Community College, where a music project helped deliver safety messages to children
Commissioner Shaun Wright at Horizon Community College, where a music project helped deliver safety messages to children
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Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright went back to school – to see how funding he awarded for a new project is being spent.

He agreed to spend part of his annual budget on a music project aimed at delivering safety messages to school children.

The Amelix Youth Project takes its ‘Is It Worth It?’ tour around the country, using music to explore issues including alcohol, internet safety and cyber bullying.

Up-and-coming bands involved in the project include NVS, which recently supported JLS and The Saturdays on tour, as well as appearing on last year’s X Factor auditions on ITV.

Commissioner Wright visited Horizon Community College in Barnsley to experience the project this week.

He said: “I’ve seen many initiatives aimed at young people to educate them on the dangers of e-safety, cyber bullying and alcohol related safety, but these Amelix school tours bring a different dimension to delivering these important messages.

“I was impressed by the energy that NVS and presenter James brought to the event and the use of music and quizzes.

“Each young person in the audience will have gone away thinking about what they learned and how it will affect their lives growing up.

“The school tour is commissioned for four days across the county and will engage with up to 4,000 pupils across the districts. This is a huge success in the way we engage with young people and works towards my priority of protecting the vulnerable across South Yorkshire.”

Chief Superintendent Andy Brooke said: “What I have seen today is a refreshing, innovative exercise that engaged every young person.”