Projects to tackle crime given £5k

TWO projects tackling crime in North East Lincolnshire have been presented with grants towards their funding.

Get Hooked On Positive Activities and a scheme to address reoffending in Grimsby’s south ward have been given almost £5,000 between them by the Tribune Trust.

Get Hooked, based at the YMCA, in Peaks Lane, Grimsby, was established in 2000 originally to promote and use the sport of fishing to keep young people active and prevent them from drifting into criminal behaviour.

Over the years it has extended its activities to many other sports and the Tribune Trust has supported it previously to achieve this.

The project has a high profile in North East Lincolnshire and a farmer, as reported, has made available 20 acres of prime land in the Humberston area for it.

The full site will eventually be developed by Get Hooked as a rural education and activities centre on behalf of the community.

The site has two lakes stocked with fish which are being used by the project to inspire, engage and include a wide range of young people, many from disadvantaged backgrounds, in the sport and other activities.

The trust awarded a grant of £2,960 to the project.

The second scheme is called Enfuse.

In partnership with the Humberside Probation Trust, Voluntary Action North East Lincolnshire (Vanel) has employed eight young people to work together as community development workers to support offenders with rehabilitation and reduce crime in the area.

Using a drop-in facility at the Second Avenue Resource Centre, on the Nunsthorpe Estate, Enfuse supports people in areas of employment opportunities, housing, financial assistance and general supervision.

A wide range of agencies are involved, including Humberside Police and the probation service, Shoreline, Humberside Fire And Rescue Service and the Government-funded Troubled Families programme.

The trust has awarded a grant of £2,000 towards the weekly cost of running the drop-in sessions.

The High Sheriff of Lincolnshire, Toby Dennis, and the director of the Tribune Trust, Geoff Ogden, visited the projects to make the award.

Mr Ogden said: “These are excellent community-based projects tackling crime in different ways during a period of austerity when the role of the voluntary and business sector is crucial. The trustees are delighted to add these to the many such projects in North East Lincolnshire it has supported.”