White Rose project helping Lupset community to thrive

Mark Burns-Williamson visited the YMCA White Rose project.
Mark Burns-Williamson visited the YMCA White Rose project.

A project that helps 500 young people improve their community was visited by West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

Mark Burns-Williamson was at the YMCA White Rose project, in Lupset, on Friday to see how the £4,500 donated from the Safer Communities Fund has been spent.

The group works with around 500 young people and runs projects including youth clubs, social enterprise allotments, after school clubs and activities during the school holidays.

It has been focusing on regenerating the Lupset estate by training people to be leaders to help tackle anti-social behaviour.

The group has run youth provision for the past 14 years and employs six youth workers.

Mr Burns-Williamson said: “This project demonstrates why it is so essential to get more money back into the communities affected by crime.

“The YMCA White Rose project has a tremendous impact in the community because of the work it does and I am pleased to be able to come and see the valuable work they are doing in the community with young people first hand.”

The funding has paid for sports equipment, trips and volunteer costs.

The Safer Communities Fund has given £697,000 to more than 100 charities, voluntary groups and other organisations across West Yorkshire. Money seized from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act is fed into this community pot which is then used for local projects.