Schools Cop Cash

Schemes aimed at urging youngsters in the Bradwell/Magdalen areas to think twice about getting involved in antisocial behaviour have been awarded �5000 by Norfolk Police.

Schemes aimed at urging youngsters in the Bradwell/Magdalen areas to think twice about getting involved in antisocial behaviour have been awarded �5000 by Norfolk Police.

Safer Neighbourhood Inspector Alun Gibbs submitted a raft of ideas for community projects at local schools, including a Jamie Oliver-style cookery kitchen at Cliff Park.

His ideas on how to increase community engagement focus on diverting youngsters away from antisocial behaviour towards more wholesome and rewarding activities.

Among schools to benefit are:


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Cliff Park High School - �500 to fund a canopy for the use of both the school children and the local community

Cliff Park Junior School - �500 to fund a community cookery kitchen which is used by young people and their parents. The club runs on a Monday for the Junior School and a Thursday for the High School. Liaison has taken place with Jamie Oliver's staff.

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Cliff Park Infants - �240 to fund an after school gardening project

Oriel High School - �500 to fund facilities at a new community room

Norfolk Children's Services - �500 to be used to fund a youth shelter and an outreach youth worker on the Magdalen Estate.

In addition �240 has been allocated to each primary school in the area.

Insp Gibbs said: “The funding is for the Magdalen and Bradwell Safer Neighbourhood areas youth engagement plan for 2009. There are several strands to the operation with the main aim being to increase community engagement whilst encouraging local schools to open up their facilities to the wider community. It is hoped to gain great community co-operation and reduce youth crime and anti social behaviour by funding after schools activities which will divert our young people from committing low level criminality.”

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