The winners from Flintshire of a special £120,000 fund to help communities across North Wales were announced at a dedicated ceremony in the White House, Rhuallt, Denbighshire on Wednesday, 29 March.
The Your Community, Your Choice fund supports grass-roots projects and is supported by the North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner, North Wales Police and Community Trust (PACT) and North Wales Police. After applications were shortlisted, the North Wales public was asked to vote for their preferred projects and over 16,000 votes were cast across the region in the online ballot.
This year’s awards were even more significant as Your Community, Your Choice is celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2023 and, over the past ten years, a total of over £500,000 has been awarded to more than 150 projects working to reduce crime in their areas and to support the priorities in the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Police and Crime Plan.
The funding for Your Community, Your Choice comes partly from money seized by the courts through the Proceeds of Crime Act, with the rest from the Police and Crime Commissioner. In recognition of this 10-year milestone, the funding available to winning projects this year is increasing to a total of £120,000, shared across 25 projects.
Aura Wales Leisure – Youth Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) Education and Engagement project
Aura Wales was one of the Flintshire groups with a successful project from the public vote.
This project will work with a group of young people who are identified as ‘at risk’ by project partners and will include sessions from the police, drug dogs, drug and alcohol teams, youth service and activities led by the sports development team and will help support young people to understand the current risks they may be involved in.
Dan Williams, Sports Development Officer at Aura Wales, commented: “Aura is delighted to be awarded the grant from the Police and Crime Commissioner through the Your Community, Your Choice fund. The grant will help us support young people in Flintshire, providing opportunities to participate in diversionary activities and educational workshops tackling current issues young people may be facing or at risk of being involved in.”