Group tries to steer youngsters away from crime
BALBRIGGAN Community Policing Forum have set up a new committee to look at the issue of youth crime and anti-social behaviour in the town and to work to provide alternatives for young people to steer them away from drugs, alcohol and petty crime.
Issues around youths abusing drugs and alcohol and engaging in anti-social behaviour are constantly raised at the forum's public meetings in Balbriggan.
Fears raised by the local community around these issues at public meetings have led to the forum establishing a new working group to look at youth drug and alcohol abuse and youth crime, particularly in north Balbriggan.
The group are focusing on trying to provide youth activities and services to address and prevent antisocial behaviour.
The group includes Inspector Declan Yeats from Balbriggan Garda Station, Louise Butler of Balbriggan Community Policing Forum, Sharon Cumiskey and Derval Cumiskey from Balbriggan Youth Centre, Louise Edmonds and Mick Dunne from Fingal County Council, Jacki Thomson of the ND Regional Drugs Task Force, Nicky Carvin from Carvin Property Management Co. and Helena Heffernan FLP.
Fundraising for equipment for youth clubs and youth services in Flemington Community Centre has so far secured €1,000 from Balbriggan Community Policing Forum, €2,400 from the Court 'Poor Box' at Balbriggan Court and €1,000 from Nicky Carvin Carvin Property Management Co., in conjunction with Castlemills Shopping Complex.
This effort is ongong to provide alternatives to drugs and alcohol and related antisocial behaviour.
Fingal County Council is also working hard to bring youth services into the Flemington Community Centre.
Balbriggan Youth Services (Foroige) are always welcoming more volunteers for their youth clubs and anyone with an interest can call Sharon or Derval on (01) 8496708 or (086) 7710790.