Crime prevention group marks 30 years of making a difference for youth in Alnwick

The 30th anniversary of a group which provides grants to help young people in Alnwick has been marked.

By Ian Smith
Thursday, 23rd September 2021, 11:38 am
A gathering was held to mark 30 years of the Multi-Agency Crime Prevention Initiative (MACPI) in Alnwick.
A gathering was held to mark 30 years of the Multi-Agency Crime Prevention Initiative (MACPI) in Alnwick.

Members of the Multi-Agency Crime Prevention Initiative (MACPI), together with invited guests, held a small gathering last Thursday.

Cutting the celebratory cake was chairman David Archer and special guest Margaret Onions, previously its long-serving secretary.

Since 1991 MACPI has channelled local cash directly into projects in Alnwick designed to steer young people away from crime and drug/alcohol abuse.

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Formed in response to growing concerns about youth exclusion and the numbers of youngsters coming to the notice of the police, MACPI’s main purpose continues to be combining often small amounts of money into game-changing grants.

Beneficiaries have included community-based organisations, one-off projects and local sports clubs together with programmes organised by local churches.

Mr Archer, said: “Alnwick born and bred MACPI – after a short break due to observance of Covid regulations – is back in business and ready to support new projects for young people in Alnwick.

“Our business is to make small grants which really help local organisations.”

Inspector John Swan of Northumbria Police added: “Northumbria Police have worked with MACPI since its inception and are pleased to continue to be involved.

"The projects supported by their grants have helped a considerable number of young people over the years and it’s great to know they are still looking to help make more of these happen in the future.”

The MACPI committee would be pleased to hear from anyone who would like to contribute funds, offer support or are looking for funding. Please email [email protected]

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