YOUNG Ealing Foundation is among 14 groups to receive a share of £100,000 in their work tackling the causes of crime.

With retail crime on the rise, including an increase in the threat of violence and the use of weapons, Southern Co-op's Safer Neighbourhood Fund aims to reduce these offences.

The chosen 14 will receive up to £7,500 each.

Young Ealing Foundation brings together the public, private and voluntary sectors in thr borough to effect positive change for young people.

Rachel Phelan, its fund-raising development manager, said: "The foundation believes all children and young people should grow up happy, healthy and safe. Youth violence and all the associated issues is one of Ealing's biggest threats to this.

"We have created a Tackling Youth Violence Forum, which brings together grass-roots organisations, the police, Ealing Council, local housing associations and any other interested parties.

"The forum meets quarterly and creates an open dialogue between the many groups working to address this problem."