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Youngsters showcase their creative flair on purpose-built graffiti wall

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Alan Charles with Head Teacher Miss Teresa Roche and pupils

School pupils demonstrated their artistic talents as they unveiled Christmas-inspired panels for a new graffiti wall funded by Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles.

The wall was recently built at Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School after pupils won a £1,000 grant from the Commissioner’s Schools and Community Grant Scheme in 2014 which supports three community-based projects every year aimed at crime reduction.

The initiative was open to all secondary and special schools across Derbyshire as part of the Commissioner’s aim to connect with young people and give the younger generation a bigger voice about how policing can be improved to reflect their views and needs.    

Commissioner Charles visited the project today (Monday 16 November 2015) to find out how school pupils have been engaging their creative abilities for the purposes of reducing crime.

By providing a positive environment for the artistic designs, it is hoped the wall will reduce graffiti and antisocial behaviour in the local area and create a feature to be enjoyed by the whole community.

The students can change the display at different times of the year to reflect different seasons or themes and this month’s switch was made to reflect the approach of Christmas.

Commenting on his visit, Commissioner Charles said: “I was most impressed with the creative work taking place by the pupils to brighten the school and the local community.

“It’s good to see so many young people channelling their artistic energy in such a positive way and for members of the local community to see the outcome of this hard work, which hopefully helps to challenge negative perceptions of young people.

“This project was carefully thought out at the outset, with pupils carrying out research with community police officers to find out the impact of antisocial behaviour and graffiti in the area. I’m really pleased that their hard work has come to fruition and that local people can benefit from such a vibrant addition to the community.”

Mr Charles is expected to announce details of the 2015 Schools and Community Grant in the next few weeks.

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Posted on Monday 16th November 2015
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