Published on 1st June 2020

A community interest company in Halton has been awarded funding by the county’s police and crime commissioner to support young people through lockdown.

Training Attention CIC, which works with vulnerable people between the ages of 14 and 19, applied for the £1,000 grant to purchase personal hygiene and personal care products for the young people.

They applied for the funding from PCC David Keane’s Safer Communities Fund after noticing that there had been a drop in personal care during lockdown. The grant will be used to purchase essential products like toothpaste, deodorant and shampoo for 50 young people.

Shaun Hotchkiss, clinic lead at Training Attention CIC, said: “This grant will ensure us to purchase personal hygiene and personal care products for the cohort. We are noticing in lockdown that personal care is dropping and with our coaching and psychotherapeutic program we are working with young people to integrating the benefits of self-care with mindfulness and developing a positive attitude towards future opportunities.

“In some cases this involves the very basic necessity of hand washing after using the bathroom, cleaning your teeth, hair washing and overall bodily hygiene. In others, organising laundry and putting together a personal presentation so when time comes for college or job interviews the young person can present themselves physically in a way to support the confidence we have developed through the rest of our program.”

PCC David Keane’s fund takes money from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act and reinvests it into the community. He added: “During this difficult period it’s really important that the most vulnerable people in our communities have access to the right care.

“My express grants scheme is there to ensure money is available to community organisations that are supporting these groups as quickly as possible.

“I hope this funding makes a real difference to the young people and enables them to not only look after themselves during this period but also helps with their development and future prospects.”