Projects have young at heart

I wanted to follow up your kind report of my visit to Hadston House Youth and Community Project.

I share the view of such supporters of Hadston House as the High Sheriff of Northumberland that this is a project that will steer young people in the right direction and play a vital part in the linked fights against youth crime and unemployment.

Clearly there was space to mention only one course in such a report so I wanted to make clear that Hadston House offers a wide range of services for both adults and young people, with evening session work with qualified experienced staff, daytime training courses and mentoring by the young, experienced but very passionate staff who work there, under the leadership of the excellent Scott Dickinson.

In my campaign to become police and crime commissioner, I want to build links with organisations such as these and have a comprehensive understanding of their funding sources and services that they provide, so that they can play a role within the wider picture of identifying and working with the causes of crime and indeed the implementation of preventative services working together.

I intend to go to similar schemes in Amble, a town where I used to live and to which I still feel a huge commitment, and in Ashington, and would welcome invitations from other projects in all parts of Northumberland, since the police and crime commissioner should ensure that similar supportive work takes place in rural communities as well as in urban ones.

Vera Baird

Labour PCC candidate for Northumbria