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Fieldway anti-crime project saved after closure threat

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A RESPECTED project that steers young people away from crime and antisocial behaviour is to continue despite council cuts.

The Croydon Auto Bike Scheme (CABS), based in Wayside, Fieldway, was at risk of closure after the council axed its £70,000 grant for next year in the budget passed in February.

But the project's parent trust, Croydon Youth Development Trust (CYDT), has now merged with Play Place Innov8 CIC, which is continuing the bulk of its programmes.

The not-for-profit community interest company already provides services in Croydon including children and youth club sessions, adult education projects, and sporting activities.

Business director Chris Hennis said: "We are delighted to have been able to agree to work with the CYDT projects and staff teams.

"We see great synergy between the two organisations and are looking forward to offering increased sustainability and new opportunities for residents of Croydon in the future."

Play Place Innov8 is moving its head office to Wayside, where it will run activities for children, teenagers and families alongside CABS.

Mr Hennis added: "Play Place is keen to increase the opportunities available to people in New Addington and other areas of Croydon and would warmly welcome any businesses who may wish to support with time or sponsorship.

"Play Place welcomes local volunteers and has an excellent track record for helping local people to get involved in community work."

CABS helps at-risk teenagers avoid trouble by teaching them about motorbike maintenance alongside sexual health, avoiding drugs and conflict management.

For more information, visit www.playplace.org.uk


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