A PROJECT which encourages young people to get involved in their communities has been given a helping hand by a car dealership.

Sherwoods of Durham has helped to provide two customised Peugeot vehicles to Durham Constabulary’s Mini Police scheme, which is delivered and developed by Durham Agency Against Crime (DAAC).

More than 170 schools are signed up to the scheme, which sees apprentice youth workers work with primary school children in County Durham and Darlington to involve them with policing and community issues.

Through the programme, young people take part in a number of activities to encourage positive action in their communities and to break down negative perceptions. They also visit police establishments like the control room, custody suites and the Police Support Unit to learn more about the role police officers and staff play in their communities.

The scheme has a digital platform for schools to use during lesson planning, with information about their local neighbourhood teams and examples of positive work within their schools and community.

Bryan Russell, executive manager of DAAC, said: “Having this support from Sherwoods is invaluable.

“These new vehicles will allow us to get to more schools to deliver our worthwhile project.”

Sherwoods director, Alasdair MacConachie, said: “We are delighted to be able to support one of the best police forces in Britain.

“By donating these vehicles to Durham Agency Against Crime, we hope they will continue to inspire more young people across County Durham and Darlington.”