Cash Confiscated from crooks helps youngsters
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Money confiscated from criminals is helping young people build a new future for themselves.
The Wrexham Warehouse project in Wrexham, which teaches construction skills as a way of getting a foothold on the jobs ladder, has been given a boost b the North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner.
The project won a public vote to secure £3,000 in funding from the Your Community, Your Choice scheme set up by Winston Roddick.
They use part of the money to buy a new football kit and equipment for their newly-established team.
The scheme is also supported by the North Wales Police and Community Trust (PACT).
Much of the cash was recovered through proceeds of Crime Act, using money seized from offenders with the rest coming from the Police and Crime Commissioner.
The Warehouse Project was established by businessman George Powell who last year received Mr Roddick’s Gold Award t his inaugural Community awards.
Shored up with finance from small company Universal builders – of which Mr Powell is partner – by 2011 the project has also taken over and transformed a once dilapidated warehouse in Wrexham.
It is now the base for a successful training centre where young people learn practical skills.
Skills now covered include everything from bricklaying, plastering and painting to joiner, garage mechanics, car valeting, cookery, nutrition and art. There is a fitness suit and a leisure area.
Among the warehouse team who met Mr Roddick was ex-offender Jack Morrison who can testify how effective the project is in transforming young people’s lives for the better.
Jack, 22, from Wrexham, started out as a volunteer last year and has now been taken on as a member of staff. He said ” I look at life with a totally different aspect now/ I’ve got more belief in myself and I’m happy with what I’m doing. I love it. It’s worth doing”.
“I can help the young people who come to the Warehouse project because I see where they are now and that’s what I was like. Hopefully I’ll stop them going down that way”.
Construction manager Andy Jones doubles up as the coach of the Warehouse Football team who won the first tournament they entered.
He said ” We’re really grateful to Mr Roddick and the people in the community who voted for us to get the money because it is showing faith in us. We’re running engagement courses for kids between 16 and 18 years old to give them a taste of construction skills”.
“Some don’t cope well in classroom situations so we’ve got a construction area and we have a hand-on go at it every day”.
Mr Roddick is a big fan of the Warehouse Project. He said “It was one of the first visits I made after coming into office and it opened my eyes to see how some members of the community invest so much of their own time and finances for the benefit of other people in the community and the Warehouse is a shining example of that”.