South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Dr Alan Billings, has visited one of his community grants recipients to learn about their work and see first-hand how they are benefiting from funding.
Heeley City Farm, in Sheffield offers those at risk of organised crime culture alternative engagement activities, including den-building, foraging, forest skills as well as meeting new people and learning different skills.
The city-based farm is a certified rare breeds centre, breeding rare native UK animals classed as vulnerable by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust.
They were awarded a grant of £4,000 towards staffing, materials and equipment used by volunteers at the farm.
Following the visit, Dr Billings said: “Heeley City Farm is a great example of a local organisation giving back. They provide weekend activities for young people at risk of becoming involved with crime and anti-social behaviour, which helps to support the aims of my Police and Crime Plan.
“I was pleased to visit the farm and see the range of animals they care for and hear their plans for the future. Charities such as this rely strongly on donations to continue their vital work and I encourage those in South Yorkshire to support the farm.”
The Police and Crime Commissioner’s Community Grants Scheme is currently open for applications. Find out more and how to apply here.
Learn more about Heeley City Farm here.