PCC Paddy Tipping with members of Chat’bout having announced the recipients of this year’s Commissioner’s Community Safety Fund. Chat’bout was awarded £15,000 for 2015/16
Twenty-two crime-reduction schemes in Nottinghamshire are today welcoming Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping’s announcement that they will be receiving awards totalling nearly £250,000 from his Community Safety Fund.
The Commissioner announced that he has now selected the successful applicants during his visit to see the work or Chat’bout at Hyson Green Youth Club (Tuesday, 10 March). It was there that he handed over his first award – a cheque for £15,000 in support of Chat’bout’s My Streets, My Voice projectwhich aims to improve understanding and communication between the police and young people and help them set up independent liaison and scrutiny panels.
This is the second year on running that he has made an award to Chat’bout. Last year they received £9,153 to help strengthen the voice of under-represented young people in Nottingham.
Mr Tipping’s annual Community Safety Fund enables him to make small grants of up to £25,000 to third sector community groups who aim to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour and protect victims, witnesses and vulnerable people from harm.
He has so far earmarked £235,455 of his fund for local projects. The schemes receiving the awards are all helping to deliver crime reduction initiatives which support his Police and Crime Plan.
“Projects like these play a valuable role in promoting safer communities and helping to reduce crime which means fewer victims,” the Commissioner commented. “The impact of what they do can be far-reaching in different ways, and I am most grateful for their enthusiasm and concern for the welfare of vulnerable people.”
Organisations receiving awards include Age UK Nottingham and Nottinghamshire for its Scam Hub Projects supporting victims of scams and fraud; Nottinghamshire Women’s Aid for its counselling service which offers emotional support to women who have been affected by domestic abuse; and Working Futures’ Unity Project that uses professionally organised sporting events and social education to engage young people considered at risk of offending.
Also receiving grants are: Aspley Partnership’s programme that helps young people causing anti-social behaviour gain employment or training; Breaking Barriers Building Bridges’ diversionary support towards becoming positive citizens; and Changing Lives’ Reach Out scheme to reduce the risk of sexual exploitation, substance abuse and offending among young women.
The Commissioner has also announced grants for Hetty’s in its work with families affected by drugs or alcohol; the Karimia Association project that promotes volunteer Street Pastor Imams to build safer communities; and the Mojatu Foundation’s work in engaging survivors and communities in ending FGM in Nottingham.
Other grants go to: Equation whose Choices projects work with preventing abuse; Imara CIC for its early intervention support to improve mental health of child victims of sexual abuse and vulnerable family members; Integritas Advocacy’s support project for vulnerable adults; and The Prince’s Trust’s Moving Lives Forward project with young offenders and those at risk of offending.
Grants also go to: Mixed Foundations for its Safer Minds Safer Street trauma management project; Newark and Southwell Streets Pastors in support of its regular and expanding patrols; Patra Incorporating ACDA’s BME Steering Group whose work includes improving BME policing experiences; and Nottingham Women’s Centre’s Guard project which includes aims to increase reporting and public confidence in the police and other agencies.
Other successful applicants include Notts Independent Domestic Abuse Services; Nottingham Mencap (Smile!) Stop Hate Crime safe places scheme; Voluntary Action Broxtowe’s Keeping Safe for Vulnerable People workshops; and The Enthusiasm Trust to help provide activities delivered by local people for young people most at risk in order to reduce crime, youth unemployment and social exclusion.
Picture Shows: PCC Paddy Tipping with members of Chat’bout having announced the recipients of this year’s Commissioner’s Community Safety Fund. Chat’bout was awarded £15,000 for 2015/16
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Posted on Wednesday 11th March 2015