Wrexham multi-faith group aims to address ASB and youth service provision
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Anti-social behaviour and youth service provision were two key issues discussed at the latest multi-faith community forum in Wrexham.
Hosted at the town’s police station on Rhosddu Road last month, the event attracted representatives from a diverse range of backgrounds.
Sgt Dave Smith chaired the meeting and spoke with North Wales Police Chaplain Gerald Williams, North East Wales Community Cohesion Officer and WGU Humanist Chaplain, Gareth Hall; Dr Jishi from Wrexham Islamic Cultural Centre, and members of Wrexham’s Street Pastors team.
Reflecting on a ‘productive’ engagement session, Sgt Smith said: “I felt like a lot of good ground was covered in this latest meeting, particularly around ASB and its detrimental impact on communities.
“This community engagement initiative has enabled officers to gain a better understanding of life in the town for residents of all backgrounds.
“Tackling youth-related ASB remains a priority issue for North Wales Police and those who attended made it clear that it remains a concern for the people in their communities too.
“The consensus among the group was that young people have limited services to make use of during the evenings.
“Facilities like youth clubs and sports associations aren’t as commonplace as they used to be.
“As a result, teenagers are hanging around on the streets with little to do and potentially becoming involved in ASB and even other crimes.
“The group are trying to address this issue and we hope we can move forward with some of the suggestions made.”
Options for the siting of a new youth club within the town centre are currently being explored by the group.
Further updates are expected when the forum convenes again on Friday 1st July at 3pm (venue yet to be confirmed).
Sgt Smith added: “We want this to be a lasting, long-term project and hopefully our numbers will continue to grow in the weeks and months ahead.”
Anyone with connections to local faith groups within Wrexham and who wishes to attend this, or any future, meeting can email: [email protected]