Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner has awarded Fleetwood Town and Blackpool FC Community Trusts over £9,400 which will play a vital role in helping reduce reoffending across the Fylde coast.

The unique partnership will see both Trusts and Active Lancashire working together with ex-offenders across Blackpool and Wyre, providing them with access to health, wellbeing, volunteering and education, housing and financial support during outreach sessions in the community, as part of the PCC’s commitment to deliver effective offender management and rehabilitation services.

The programme named BounceBACK will run over the next 6 months at venues across Blackpool and Fleetwood.

Clive Grunshaw, Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner said: “Over the past year I have been really impressed with the quality of projects which have been making a real difference up and down the county, and the enthusiasm that we have seen to continue this work going forward.

“Policing alone cannot prevent people reoffending and that is why I continue to support initiatives that break the cycle offenders all too often find themselves trapped in, moving them away from a life of crime.

“I have seen first-hand the difference these projects make in our neighbourhoods and in the lives of the people who live there. Tackling crime and reoffending is a key priority in my Police and Crime Plan and by working with partners to support the delivery of these projects we are delivering value for money, whilst helping people turn their lives around.”

Matt Hilton, Chief Executive, Fleetwood Town Community Trust said; “This support from the Police and Crime Commissioner will enable us to help individuals to make a fresh start in life, whilst making our community safer and healthier places to live”

Ashley Hackett, Chief Executive Officer, Blackpool FC Community Trust added, “This is a great opportunity for the organisations to come together, especially the Football Community Trusts, to show a unity to work in partnership. We are really excited to work with like-minded organisations, who are focused on helping make a real difference and impact to support local people.”