Commissioner backs cycle event for young and homeless

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Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa journeyed to the heart of the Derbyshire Dales on Wednesday, June 22, to launch an awareness raising cycle ride.

PCC Dhindsa was in Middleton to attend the start of a 23-mile ride along the High Peak Trail organised by SAFE, a consortium established to support homeless and young people in the county.

AS part of its work, SAFE regularly works with young people who have experience of substance misuse and/or offending. The Commissioner provided a crime prevention grant to the SAFE service in September last year – money that has been used to fund a wide programme of character building events and activities. This ride was the culmination of a great deal of activity over the last year.

Service manager Sue Wood said: “The Commissioner and his predecessor have been great advocates for SAFE over the last couple of years. He has spent time with our service users and really taken on board some of the issues that impact on their lives.

“This ride, and the numerous other activities we have been able to lay on as a result of this support, really has a powerful impact on young people who ordinarily, rarely get the opportunity to do these kinds of things.”