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HOME SECRETARY VISITS BRADFORD YOUTH PROJECTS

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Home secretary David Blunkett today visited two projects ...
Home secretary David Blunkett today visited two projects

for young people in Bradford to see for himself some of

the activities and schemes that have been organised over

the summer holiday period.

Mr Blunkett visited the Fagley Road Youth and Community

Centre and the Bradford Youth Service West at Duckworth

Lane, to meet young people and youth workers involved in

summer activities.

The projects are just two examples of the types of

activities in line to receive money from the£5m

allocated by the Ministerial Group on Public Order and

Community Cohesion to help in fostering communities

through activities that give young people a positive

role.

During his visit to Bradford, Mr Blunkett said:

'I am pleased to have the opportunity to see for

myself some of the positive work that is going on in

Bradford and to find out directly from the young

people what are the concerns and issues that affect

them.

'It is only through a proper understanding of the

issues, as local people see them, that government

can play its part in tackling the underlying

problems and helping to rebuild communities.

'But the solutions cannot be top-down - 'Made in

Whitehall' - which is why the sorts of projects I

have seen today are so important to protecting

communities by engaging the commitment of young

people and diverting frustrations away from violence

on the streets.'

NOTES

1. The visit has been kept relatively low key to give the

home secretary a chance to see some local groups prior

to a meeting he will have next week in Bradford with

members of various faith groups.

2. Fagley Road Youth and Community Centre: Local

youngsters are taking part in a 5-week project to

refurbish the Centre, which is used as a youth club in

the evenings and for various other community

activities, like computer classes, during the day.

Youngsters, aged between 12-16, are working with arts

workers in improving the appearance of the centre and,

thereby, developing skills as well as a sense of

ownership of the Centre. The project has been supported

by Youth Justice Board (£75,000 from Youth Inclusion

Programme and£10,000 from the 'Summer Splash' funding)

and will also receive money from the£5m funding

commissioned by the Ministerial Group on Public Order

and Community Cohesion (POCC).

3. Bradford Youth Service West Area Base (Duckworth Lane):

The home secretary will first meet a young women's

study support group and then a group of around 10 young

men aged 15-19 who have set up a health awareness

project. They have been working on the project for

four months and this will carry on till October. They

are looking at various health topics including drugs

awareness, mental health and the needs of disabled

people. It links into the health education work of the

national curriculum.

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