The ‘Drop In Zone’ project has been operating for the last 18 months and encourages local children to call in after school at 3.30pm and spend some time playing computer games, doing craft work or watching television. Food is also available for those who want it. The project aims to provide somewhere safe for children.
The project has attracted nearly 50 local children with a regular attendance of 20 children per session.
Councillor John Fox, Chairman of the Fairfax Community Centre said:
The project would not have got off the ground without the support of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Community Chest fund which provided £3066 for all the computer games and other equipment.
Community Safety Partnership and My Neighbourhood contributed £1440 towards the running costs and Harrogate Borough Council contributed £550.
Julia Mulligan met members of the Management Committee and Centre staff before spending time with the children.
Councillor John Fox said:
Julia Mulligan was extremely pleased to see the ‘Drop In Zone’ in action and seeing what a difference it was making for children in the area.