Police and Crime Commissioner Peter McCall will be announcing three years of further support for our Cumbria wide ‘Be SAVY’ (Be Safe and Value Yourself) project.

He will be speaking at the first of three events organised by us in Barrow this week bringing people together to tackle the issues facing the borough’s youngsters.

The events are being held at the Project John Hub on Cavendish Street, Barrow on: Monday 8th October 1-3pm for professionals and practitioners; Tuesday 9th October session, 6-7.30pm, for parents and young people and;  Saturday 13th October 11-2pm, for the wider community or anyone who can’t make the week day events.

The ‘Be SAVY’ project builds on work we have been doing in Barrow, Millom and Whitehaven. One of the aims of the project is to help increase youngsters’ understanding of sexual exploitation and grooming techniques, and help them recognise early on if they are being exploited.

Speaking about the ‘Be Savy’ project Peter McCall explained: “I am really pleased to continue to fund this excellent project to help keep our youngsters safe as I have been impressed by the results that the Brathay Trust are achieving through the prevention programme.  I made a commitment to support young people in our communities, and I know that working together with our partners and agencies, like Brathay Trust, that we really can make a difference to the lives and prospects of young Cumbrians.

“I also pledged as part of my council tax consultation earlier this year to put more funding into protecting our young people, especially from abuse through online grooming and exploitation, which is why I was happy to support this project.”

Jenni MacDuff, our Head of Children and Young People’s Services said:

“Peter McCall’s announcement today of further funding on the back of a successful two year pilot project is fantastic news. It is particularly welcome at this time as it responds directly to what young people, and those who support them, say they want help with. It means a further 90 vulnerable young women across Cumbria, will have access to this vital support at a critical time in their lives. The other funders for the Be SAVY project will be Francis C Scott Charitable Trust, Hadfield Trust and Cumbria Community Foundation.”

Brathay collected the views of nearly 1,000 young people, their parents, carers and professionals this summer. They were asked about their concerns, what help is available - and what good help looks like - and what support is missing. The charity now wants to share these findings and tell people what they are doing to address them at these events.

Anyone interested in attending can either turn up on the day, or contact Natalia Wealleans-Turner on mobile: 07739 646168 or by email here for more information.