North Wales Police and Community Trust (PACT) is the community safety charity that supports community initiatives that encourage a safer environment for the people of North Wales. Since its launch in 1998, PACT has sponsored grass-roots projects and major education programmes that bring people and organisations together, ultimately creating a safer environment for all.

Community and voluntary groups are able to apply for support to organise projects, in partnership with their local policing team, which aim to reduce crime and fear of crime in their local community.


PACT sponsors new kit for Bangor’s newest rugby team

21/12/20

Bangor Rugby Club has had a an early Christmas present delivered to their new Under 7s team in the form of new team shirts purchased with PACT funding.

This season, the club has started a new under 7s team in an initiative to give younger members of the community the chance to be part of a team and to take part in organised activities.

Bangor RFC Under 7s team

The Chairman of the Mini Section said: “Each week I see first-hand the impact that belonging to a team can have on children from an early age and how happy the children are whilst playing rugby. Rugby fosters courage, fitness and togetherness bringing together boys and girls from all backgrounds. It is the perfect sport because it is built on team work and respect. Bangor Rugby Club has a proven track record for teaching children team skills, social interaction, communication skills, respect and self-discipline.

“The club has almost 200 children playing at the club regularly and the support provided by PACT gives this new team an option to take part in something new or carry on enhancing skills, something that will hopefully carry on for other generations to benefit from.”

North Wales Police and Community Trust (PACT) is the community safety charity that supports community-led projects that encourage a safer environment, to enhance the quality of life of the people of North Wales.


Donations to Wrexham and Chester rucksack appeal

14/12/20

PACT volunteer Sarah Rogers has recently collected and given donations to the Wrexham rucksack appeal on behalf of North Wales Police and Community Trust (PACT).

The rucksack appeal has been set up for winter 2020 and aims to collect rucksacks filled with warm clothes, essential toiletry and sanitary items and small gifts to help make someone’s winter more bearable this year. Donations will be used for the homeless community across Wrexham and Chester, as well as refugee camps across Europe. Donations for all ages are welcome.

There are a number of drop off bins in Wrexham and Chester that are accepting donations before being disseminated to the homeless community.

Sarah Harding, PACT volunteer, said: “2020 has been an incredibly tough year for everyone. Most of us are still fortunate enough to have a safe roof over our heads and be able to enjoy a meal at our tables. We have learnt that we never know when our circumstances could unexpectedly change, and that nothing should be taken for granted.

“It is even more important to finish this year on a positive note by doing something decent and making a real difference to the lives of the less fortunate than ourselves.”

The scheme is running until the 20th of December and volunteers are needed to help organise the donations ad to distribute the rucksacks to people in time for Christmas.

If you are interested in getting involved, you can get in contact via email on Kerry.ashbarry@gmail.com

There are a number of drop off points in Wrexham and Chester. Drop off points are listed below:

Wrexham:

  • Brymbo Enterprise Centre Brymbo Enterprise Centre/Kev’s Café, Blast Rd, Brymbo, Wrexham LL11 5BT. Opening hours Monday – Friday 9.30 AM – 17.00 PM. Please drop donations into the box which will be outside the main reception area of the building.
  • No22 Cafe Wrexham, Ty Pawb Market Street, LL13 8BY. Opening times currently Thursday – Saturday 8AM – 8PM.
  • EmzCakes The Creative Cafe, 45 Chester St, Wrexham LL13 8BA. Opening times: Wednesday to Saturday 11AM – 6PM.

Chester:         

  • Chester Health Store, 59 Bridge Street Row East, Chester, CH1 1NW – above KingKabs taxi office on the rows. Open Monday – Saturday, 11-3. 01244320444.
  • Mel Featherstone: 1 Greenway Off Inveresk Road, Tilston, Nr Malpas, Chester, SY147EE. 07840748925.

 


PACT starts Christmas gift giving early

14/12/20

PCSO Mark Holland has awarded PACT funding to Gwynedd Council’s intergenerational programme.

The money will go towards a Christmas project in Penygroes that will see up to 200 local children using their artistic skills to make Christmas gifts such as framed pictures that will be given to residents of Plas Gwilym Care Home.

This project aims to bridge the gap between the generations and build a relationship between the young and elderly in the community. It is hoped that this project will be the start of other intergenerational projects, helping to boost community spirit and pride in the area.

Judith Humphreys from Gwynedd Council said: “Thank you very much to North Wales Police for their support towards a project which brings together Gwynedd Council’s Inter Generational programme, Gwynedd Youth Services , the young people of Ysgol Dyffryn Nantlle and the residents of Plas Gwilym care home.

“The grant will allow the young people to create Christmas gifts for residents at the Plas Gwilym care home. This project will bring generations together and enhance community cohesion.

“Thank you very much to everyone involved.”

North Wales Police and Community Trust (PACT) is the community safety charity that supports community-led projects that encourage a safer environment, to enhance the quality of life of the people of North Wales.

 


PACT support for Colwyn Bay Stingrays

09/12/20

North Wales Police and Community Trust have recently supported the Colwyn Bay Stingrays mixed ability rugby club with a grant of £1500 to fund a new team kit and equipment. The High Sheriff of Clwyd, David Wynne-Finch, presented the kit to the club last week.

Colwyn Bay Stingrays is a mixed ability rugby club adapted for people with disabilities ranging from age 14 upwards. It is the only mixed ability club in North Wales so players come from a wide area from Deeside to Dolgellau to play as part of the team.

High Sheriff David Wynne-Finch with members of Colwyn Bay Stingrays
Sergeant Daf Curry, Stingray player Ricky and High Sheriff David Wynne Finch.

 

The Welsh Rugby Union is supportive in terms of putting on events and assisting with marketing the mixed ability game, though the Stingrays is run solely by volunteers who assist with transporting and caring for the members so that they can take part.

The team previously had to rely on borrowing their kit from other teams but will now be able to proudly play in their new shirts, helping to give the club its own identity, boost the self-esteem and feeling of belonging to a community for its members and encourage more people to join.

Inspector Dafydd Curry, who supported the grant application, said: “This club is a valuable resource for young adults with disabilities who struggle to participate in many other social outlets and I have seen how it has transformed many of its members.

“This type of environment is vital for young people, particularly those with vulnerabilities such as behavioural or mental health issues who may otherwise be open to being diverted into ASB [Anti-Social Behaviour] or crime.

“This will undoubtedly divert some young people from being drawn into the criminal justice system and will reduce demand on the police.

“The club provides them with a therapeutic and supportive environment which will enable them to develop their confidence and form positive relationships with team-mates and volunteers and it’s great that North Wales PACT can support them.”

High Sheriff of Clwyd, David Wynne Finch, said: “I was delighted to be invited to see for myself the impressive and vital work that the Stingrays are doing to support young people through rugby football.  I am extremely pleased that the Police and Community Trust have been able to support the club and present them with their new kit. I must also take this opportunity to thank the team of volunteers led by Daf Curry who run the club.”

North Wales Police and Community Trust (PACT) is the community safety charity that seeks out and supports community-led projects that encourage a safer environment, to enhance the quality of life of the people of North Wales.