Commissioner awards cash to Barnsley charity

l-r: Dr Alan Billings, Joanne Stones, Dave Taylor
l-r: Dr Alan Billings, Joanne Stones, Dave Taylor
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A project which helps young people struggling with mainstream education has received a cash boost from South Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

Dr Alan Billings handed over £6,958 to Grimethorpe Activity Zone in Barnsley to help the charity continue its work with youngsters including those excluded from school.

The money came from the Commissioner’s Community Grant Scheme, which supports projects aimed at addressing policing priorities, including reducing crime and anti-social behaviour.

Based in the Acorn Centre in Grimethorpe, GAZ is open from 10am to 4pm daily.

Manager Dave Taylor said: “We hope to work with a minimum of 50 young people aged 16-24 from Grimethorpe who are not in education or employment and move many as possible in to employment and training.

“This will reduce the risk of them becoming involved in anti-social behaviour and various criminal activities, as well as potentially engaging in drug and alcohol misuse.

“From working with these young people we hope the local economy will benefit as more people in work will boost the sales of goods and services and help with the regeneration of Grimethorpe and the surrounding areas,”

Dr Billings said: “I hope this funding goes a long way to help keep this service providing support and advice to as many young people as possible.”