Police pay for activities for children to drive down crime on city estate

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A community group on a Sheffield estate has been handed £10,000 to provide activities to keep children off the streets.

MASKK has been awarded the cash by South Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Alan Billings.

The money will be spent on activities aimed at reducing anti-social behaviour.

Project Manager Craig Judson said: “This funding will provide targeted diversionary activities.

“Creating junior clubs with positive role models that include play-work, sports and games and opportunities to enjoy and achieve. We aim to make a big impact in reducing anti-social behaviour across the Manor.

“We are also planning to increase the time service workers can spend with the young people to help make positive impressions on their lives.”

MASKK was formed in 1999 to provide activities for children and young people.

It provides affordable childcare for children aged four to fifteen and respite activities for children and young people with disabilities.

Dr Billings said: “This is a perfect example of a community organisation offering valuable services to those that need them most.

“Many young parents, carers and children are helped.

“I hope this funding allows MASKK further opportunities to develop their service and continue to work in collaboration with the police and in their neighbourhood.”

Dr Billings has handed out tens of thousands of pounds during his first year in his role in which he oversees the activities of South Yorkshire Police and holds the force to account.

For information on MASKK visit www.maskk.org.uk