The Youth Hostels Association (YHA) is to launch a new youth crime prevention fund that will allow voluntary and community groups to run trips to its hostels as part of wider crime diversion projects.
The new fund replaces the YHA's existing Police Partnership scheme that has been in place for several years. The charity is relaunching the programme to allow a broader cross-section of groups to participate.
Around £250,000 has been raised to launch the fund by the YHA's 320,000 members across the UK. Additional donations by the food suppliers Brake Grocery will also see the fund through its first year.
"The broader fund fits perfectly with our central objective of helping those with limited means access the benefits of the British countryside," said Jane Town, group's adviser at the YHA. "The money will allow groups to run outdoor activities that will take young people away from potential crime hot spots closer to home."
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