Youth grants up for grabs

Baroness Helen Newlove with Ch Insp Ian Williams.
Baroness Helen Newlove with Ch Insp Ian Williams.
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Community groups in Castleford could get their hands on thousands of pounds to help keep youngsters out of trouble.

The Positive Choices scheme – run by Wakefield Council, Wakefield and District Housing (WDH) and Wakefield Police – is giving voluntary groups the chance to bid for their share of a £35,000 pot of cash.

People have until September 16 to apply for grants of up to £3,000 and will present their ideas at an event at Castleford Civic Centre on October 3.

Joanne Smith, WDH’s area manager, said: “The Positive Choices event will have a huge impact on reducing antisocial behaviour in the district.

“There are many groups in the Castleford and Airedale area doing brilliant things for young people in the community, so we really want them to come forward and apply for their share of the funding.”

Grants will be offered to groups who can provide worthwhile activities for youngsters in Airedale and Castleford aged 11-18.

Last year, 15 groups were awarded cash from the fund which was launched by the government’s champion for safer communities, Baroness Helen Newlove, last year to crack down on anti-social behaviour in the town.

Ch Insp Ian Williams, said: “The response to last year’s event was outstanding and we were delighted to help so many local groups.

“We want to make this year even better so get your applications in. If you are a resident of Castleford, please make the effort to attend the event – it’s your opportunity to shape the way we respond to antisocial behaviour locally. “

Visit to apply and return completed forms to, including the name of your group in the email subject. Alternatively, post applications to Sally Holdsworth, Wakefield and District Housing, Stansfield Road, Airedale, WF10 3BY.