In 1993, nationally,
Sefton was one of the highest rated areas for
In 2007, the
then chief constable's aim was that Merseyside Police become the best
performing force in the country. Merseyside Police moved closer to this
goal by reducing crime by more than any other police force in England
Payes is registered with the Charity Commission, number 1074652.
The scheme is made possible by generous funding from a number of sources including charitable trusts, private individuals, local business and registered social landlords. Working with our partner, Brathay Trust, we must raise in excess of £55,000 per year for the organisation to touch the lives of around 90 young people who seek to benefit from taking part per year.
Some 24 years after the Police and Youth Encouragement Scheme was initially founded, we firmly believe that the validity and need for this charity is as great as ever.
The lessons learned by the young people and the skills that they develop and build on are not necessarily taught in schools. They are 'life skills', which can be invaluable in a young person's development:
"I was on a PAYES course last year and was climbing a mountain. I realised that if I didn't stop then I'd get to the top quicker. When I was in school, I was doing some work and I remembered what it was life on the mountain so I didn't stop and carried on. Once I do that, it gets done quicker. I have definitely enjoyed my time on PAYES. I've done all 3 levels and I still want to come back. I want to come back as a staff member when I'm 18 so I'll stay out of trouble with the police. I would recommend PAYES to anyone because of the skills it teaches you, things you may not learn at school”
(Level 3 delegate 2014)
Police and Youth Encouragement
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