Crime Commissioner delivers a funding boost to Burntwood Play in the Parks initiative

The Play in the Parks scheme in Burntwood has been handed a funding boost.

Staffordshire Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis handed over a £2,000 cheque from the People Power Fund to the Burntwood Town Council-run project.

Heather Tranter and young visitors to a Play in the Parks event receive the funding cheque from Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis

Heather Tranter and young visitors to a Play in the Parks event receive the funding cheque from Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis

The Play in the Parks sessions offer sports and crafts activities for youngsters.

Councillor Heather Tranter, chairman of the events committee at Burntwood Town Council, said: “The funding that we have received from the Police and Crime Commissioner has helped us to put on eight events during the summer, to keep the children occupied and keep the community together.

“The funding is helping people from all walks of life who thoroughly enjoy coming to the Play in the Park events and the best part is that because of the funding we received, these events are free to everyone.”

The People Power Fund sees money seized from criminals reinvested into community projects.

Commissioner Ellis, said: “Projects like Play in the Parks are a fantastic way to engage with young people, giving them the opportunity to learn new skills and have fun in a safe environment, while helping to reduce anti-social behaviour in the local area.

“Heather and the team at Burntwood Town Council are doing brilliant work which is having a positive impact in the area.”

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