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Commissioner celebrates positive outcomes from his community grants scheme

Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping is to host a celebration ‘breakfast’ in recognition of the grassroots community safety work that he has supported through his grants scheme.

The event, which takes place on Friday, September 4 at the New Art Exchange in Nottingham, will see beneficiary organisations from the past three years gather in recognition of their achievements in relation to community safety and crime prevention.

During the event, presentations will be delivered to showcase just some of the successful outcomes of the Commissioner’s Community Safety Fund and other grants.

Organisations which have benefitted from funding to enhance their community safety work will also be presented with a certificate in recognition of their achievements.

Commenting on the event, Commissioner Tipping said: “This is an opportunity for all those organisations which have benefitted from my community safety funding to bask in their success and achievements and to collectively appreciate the difference they have made to people’s lives.

“It has long been recognised that the police alone cannot solve all of the social problems and dysfunction that can lead to crime and the projects highlighted during this event are proof that local, grassroots prevention can have a huge impact on public safety.

“More than half of the recipients of this financial support are projects targeted towards helping victims of violence and other vulnerable people recover emotionally from their experiences. Much of this work could not have taken place without external grant funding and I’m delighted that they have such a positive story to tell following our investment.

“Each year, we receive a large number of applications for funding from organisations primarily focused on keeping Nottinghamshire communities safe. The selection process is rigorous to ensure we deliver the best outcomes for the public and it is pleasing to see this positive work coming to fruition.

“I look forward to congratulating our grant recipients in person and learning more about the good work they are doing to help reduce crime in the county.”

Since 2013, Commissioner Tipping has provided grants to 54 voluntary and community organisations to help him deliver his Police and Crime Plan. The majority of the funding has been allocated from his Community Safety Fund – a small grants fund aimed at enhancing services for victims and supporting grassroots-led crime reduction.

In 2014/15, the Commissioner funded 31 voluntary and community organisations with grants from a total pot of £360k. He also awarded an additional £100k to support victims’ services. 

A large proportion of the grants were awarded to organisations which support victims, witnesses and vulnerable people however other projects focused on crime reduction, tackling antisocial behaviour and substance misuse and diversionary activity to steer young people away from offending.

The PCC has also supported projects which seek to strengthen relationships between the police and communities. This included just over £6k for Voluntary Action Broxtowe, which ran courses to help new migrants to understand the law and the role of the police in England. In total, 81 people attended the course from 24 different countries and by the end of the project, 88% of the attendees said they felt much more positive about the Force.

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Posted on Monday 31st August 2015
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