A North-West based children’s safety collective has donated funding raised for projects and causes to a boxing club in one of Manchester’s most disadvantaged communities.
The Safety Guide Foundation donated £500 to the Collyhurst and Moston Amateur Boxing Club after police commissioners and MP’s warned that a ‘broken’ system of school and social funding left youngsters “sucked into criminality”
Between 2010 and 2017-18 councils suffered a 29% cut in funding equal to £3bn.
The donation was made to the club in the heart of the Collyhurst community in the hope that the money can help benefit vulnerable members and help encourage them to not take part in illicit or illegal activities.
More needs to be done by businesses and companies within local communities to ensure that local children are being guided in the right direction said SGF Director, Matthew Ralphs.
“It has been reported that youngsters as young as nine have been carrying knives and getting in trouble as a result of local cuts and lack of funding to positive, life-changing services”.
“Giving vulnerable members of society a place they can be safe and develop in a healthy, happy manner is essential. Our donation allows the social club to continue to provide sports and community activities to those whose government cuts affect the most”.
“Our fundraising was to ensure that we could give back to the community, and this is just the first step of many in how we plan on helping disadvantaged communities”.
Funding in recent years has fallen by as much as 32% per child nationally.
In February, five of the biggest charities in the UK found that the ongoing austerity cuts fall heavily on the north and the most deprived areas within the country.
The Safety Information Guide works closely with educators and parents alike to help tackle a number of societal issues that affect young members of the community by providing information and resources on topics covering bullying, knife –crime and drug use amongst a plethora of others.
Ralphs concluded, “We are here to show children and young people that it is possible to succeed and live a healthy, happy and safe life despite what the world hands them”.
“Whilst the government and austerity continue to decimate communities across the land, we will be on hand to help provide as much help as possible to those who need it. “