At the very heart of the community

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The AFC Fylde Community Foundation was formed in June 2013, when the Director of Community Development Tom Hutton was brought on board to build the community department within the club. This involved creating links with key partnership organisations such as BAE Systems and many more.

The Foundation strives to provide the best level of service to all residents on the Fylde Coast, whilst also creating links between the Foundation and the Football Club.

As ever there has been plenty to shout about recently, including a new initiative with the office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire and The Fylde Community Safety Partnership, to help break the cycle of repeat offending in the region.

The Fylde Reintegration and Rehabilitation programme aims to ensure that offenders are provided with the best possible chance to integrate into society by opening the door to new opportunities and dedicated support.

Clive Grunshaw, Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire, said: “One of the key priorities of my Police and Crime Plan is to tackle crime and re-offending. That is why I have allocated money from my budget to support local initiatives that aim to tackle these issues at the heart of communities across Lancashire.”

“The Foundation’s dedication to making lives better within the local community means that they are perfectly placed to support the delivery of my Police and Crime plan objectives and I am happy to be able to support the great work they do.”

The Foundation is also working with primary schools across the Fylde Coast to educate more than 700 children about the effects of bullying, with its Sticks and Stones project.

One school which has already benefited from the campaign is Heyhouses Primary School, in Lytham St Anne’s. The anti-bullying project recently visited year 6 pupils to educate them about all aspects of bullying, including coping strategies and restorative approaches.

Cheryl Holland, Y6 teacher at Heyhouses Primary School, said: “We were thrilled to take part in the Sticks and Stones project. It is a great way to prepare our pupils for any challenges they may face when they make such a huge transition to secondary school. Giving pupils the opportunity to express their feelings through art helps them to think about issues laterally and reach conclusions together.”