PACT supports Rhyl Youth Group as it moves to its new home
Monday 25 Jun 2018
North Wales Police and Community Trust (PACT) has donated £1510 to Rhyl Youth Group, formerly known as ‘Street Games’, to continue its engagement with young people in West Rhyl.
Rhyl Youth Group provides a safe place for youths to go in the evening and teaches them respect for themselves and others around them. The project is led by Marie Mitchell who is a member of the community herself.
The youths can play board games, football, games consoles and the project also teaches youths how to make basic meals and gives them something to eat. The group ensures that the youths are fed since some of them are not always given regular meals at home.
Anti-social behaviour and minor crime caused by local youths is an issue in the west area of Rhyl. This is the only engagement project of its kind in this area. The club has resulted in less youths hanging around in the area and has had a direct influence in a reduction in the amount of anti-social behaviour. This reduces the demand on the Rhyl Safer Neighbourhood Team and allows them to tackle other issues.
The PACT grant will be used to hire the venue for six months and to buy food and refreshments for the youths that attend the group. The Rhyl Safer Neighbourhood Team will be involved in the group by attending some of the sessions to increase youth engagement in the area and build relationships with the attendees.
District Inspector Arwyn Jones said “This is a proven scheme that has yielded excellent results since its inception. It has been a proven diversion, for those who have historically contributed to a considerable amount of anti-social behaviour within the Rhyl town centre. Should this scheme cease to continue, I am fearful that we will see anti-social behaviour rise again to those heights”.
Rhyl Youth Group runs on Mondays and Fridays from The Ask Centre in Rhyl.
North Wales Police and Community Trust (PACT) is the community safety charity that seeks out and supports community-led projects that encourage a safer North Wales. Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, PACT continues to champion grass-roots projects and major education programmes that support the policing and community safety priorities and strive to deliver positive outcomes for all concerned.