Children and young people in the Coed Mawr area of Bangor will have access to two fun-filled days during the school holidays thanks to partnership work between North Wales Police and the local community.
Funded by Crimebeat North Wales and organised by the Coed Mawr Community Centre and the local policing team, two fun days have been arranged next month to bring the whole community together.
A bouncy castle, crafts, gymnastics, games, a graffiti artist as well as snacks and refreshments have been arranged for Friday 3rd and Thursday 23rd August.
PCSO Katie Tutte from the local policing team said: “This is an opportunity for local children and young people to have fun during the summer holidays with their friends and is also an opportunity for them to engage with the various agencies that are involved.
“Historically we’ve had issues with anti-social behaviour in the area which included throwing eggs, playing knock door run and causing criminal damage and these incidents were having a real impact on the local community.
“We have seen a decrease in anti-social behaviour in the area and this is all down to a lot of hard work, working alongside colleagues from Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd, Coed Mawr Community Centre and the local Councillors who have held previous community initiatives and fun days which the local children and young people have enjoyed.
“I regularly speak to the youngsters who always have good things to say following a specific activity and they always want to know when the next event is being held.
PCSO Tutte added: “We are pleased to be able to offer these two days over the school holidays which will hopefully keep them occupied, whilst at the same time, allow partner organisations to engage with them in a positive way.
“The £500 grant from The High Sheriff of Gwynedd’s Crimebeat Fund is supporting this initiative and we hope that the events will make a difference in the Coed Mawr community by positively engaging with the youngsters and by giving them new opportunities and experiences. We very much look forward to welcoming the local community at both events.”
Both events are being held at the Coed Mawr Community Centre on Friday 3rd and Thursday 23rd August from 1pm – 5pm.
Crimebeat was started in 1992 by the High Sheriff of Derbyshire. Now it has become a national charity which helps young people develop projects which make their communities a safer place to live.
Further information regarding Crimebeat is available via their website