Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis with Emma Hodges and Nikki Archer from St Giles Hospice

A hospice based in Whittington is using a new grant to help support young people who have lost a parent or loved one.

The Phoenix at St Giles Hospice initiative offers activities to allow youngsters to overcome grief.

The group has been boosted by the £3,000 grant from Staffordshire Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis’ People Power Fund, having been initially set up in 2014 due to a similar donation.

Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis with Emma Hodges and Nikki Archer from St Giles Hospice

Nikki Archer, director of supportive care at St Giles Hospice, said: “This particular funding is enabling us to deliver group activities and programmes, bringing young people together to support each other following their bereavement.

“It will also enable us to work with local schools to develop support networks for young people, including web based resources to help reduce the risks young people can face following the experience of a bereavement.”

The People Power Fund uses money confiscated from criminals to help tackle issues in local communities.

Commissioner Ellis said: “The loss of a parent or loved one at an early age can affect youngsters in many ways. St Giles Hospice are doing a fantastic job of providing help and support to children and young people in Staffordshire following bereavement.

“The best ideas to reduce crime, social harm and anti-social behaviour often come from people affected by those issues.

“At the heart of developing the Commissioner’s People Power Fund and Proceeds of Crime Fund was listening to those who are closest to the problem and supporting their ideas with funding to try and fix things. I’m continuing this because the principle has been so successful over the last few years.

“Tackling the issues, building community spirit and often reducing repeat demand on policing means providing that financial help at the most local level is really cost effective.”

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