Over 50 representatives from city and county-based community groups turned out on Friday (4 September) to celebrate the positive changes resulting from funding awarded by Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping.
The event, held at the New Art Exchange in Nottingham, saw organisations which have been helped over the last three years gather to jointly celebrate their achievements in relation to community safety and crime prevention. Without exception, the organisations thanked the Commissioner for his support.
A number of moving presentations showcased just a few 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 after the event, Commissioner Tipping said: “This was a great day, and provided an opportunity for all those organisations which have benefitted from my community safety funding to relive their achievements and collectively recognise the difference they have made to people’s lives. They really have risen to the challenge and made significant changes.
“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.”
More than one service user said that the support provided as a result of the Commissioner’s funding had enabled them to turn their lives around.
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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Celebration of Achievements
led by the voluntary and community sector
enabled by Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner grant funding
New Art Exchange
Friday 4 September 2015
Grant recipient details:
Provision of workshops, mentoring, coaching and training for young people at risk of offending.
Age UK Nottingham and Nottinghamshire
Support for elderly repeat victims of scams and fraud so they feel safe and able to avoid becoming victims in future.
Ann Craft Trust
Creation of an education programme around child sexual exploitation and learning disabilities targeting community based professionals. The project researched local issues and developed bespoke resources around safeguarding and communication.
Programme for young people who are on the verge of, or are causing, ASB in the local area supporting environmental improvements and work experience to gain employment or into training.
Recovery focused support to BME offenders/inmates through effective interventions ranging from peer mentoring/peer coaching, structured group sessions and interactive personal development workshops.
Bassetlaw Street Pastors
Street pastor service to support people late at night.
Breaking Barriers Building Bridges
Diversionary support and guidance to Somali young men and friends to become positive citizens. Building pride and encouraging them to be positive role models within their communities, squashing stereotypes.
Broxtowe Women’s Project
Distribution of domestic abuse awareness raising materials in community locations to raise profile and ensure accessibility to specialist services.
Work with vulnerable 16-25 year-old women, providing assertive outreach, structured learning, group-work, and person-centred support, to reduce the risks of sexual exploitation, substance abuse, and offending.
Facilitation of county wide, area based young people’s engagement events, focused on improving understanding and communication between the Police and young people. Leading to establishment of independent Young People’s Liaison and scrutiny panels.
Communities in Control
Pilot project to training local organisations to record and report hate crime, produce a hate crime manual and develop a countywide hate crime reporting infrastructure.
Publicity materials on Crimestoppers awareness raising initiatives in partnership with Police and PCC, contribution towards service to help young people to pass on information about crime anonymously and conference to tackle rural crime.
Programme of activities strengthening individual pathways of offender support, to provide diversion from crime and opportunities for participants to develop a non-offending lifestyle.
Various healthy relationships projects for young people either at risk of domestic and sexual abuse or demonstrating abusive attitudes and/or who have experienced domestic abuse.
Support for young people affected by domestic abuse in their relationships.
Through the gate prison 1:1 prison mentoring service delivered by volunteers and development of a network of voluntary organisations supporting offenders with housing and substance misuse.
Supporting substance users in treatment earlier through targeted interventions with family members affected by their loved ones addictive behaviour
Work through Holocaust education and the development of personal responsibility to inspire and support adults and families within 3 Nottinghamshire communities to take action to prevent Hate Crime.
Early intervention service to improve mental health of child victims of sexual abuse and vulnerable family members, advocating on their behalf and supporting participation within the criminal justice process.
Development of a network of organisations supporting offenders into employment, education and self employment to engage with Transforming Rehabilitation agenda.
Intensive support and one to one case management for vulnerable adults with complex needs to help prevent them becoming victims and/or perpetrators of crime.
Support for young victims of sexual abuse, rape and sexual violence aged 13 – 25 years through offering specialist counselling, specialist therapeutic group work and support to extended family members across Nottinghamshire.
Jason Spencer Trust
Peer support and activities for families bereaved by violent crime.
Delivery of person centred befriending support to women with complex needs, including addictive behaviours, enabling them to develop a lifestyle away from the sex industry. Contribution towards a drop in centre and set up of befriending support for female sex workers.
Engaging communities with social, recreational and education activities to reduce and discourage members crime and promote volunteer street pastors (street imams) to help and build safer communities.
Malt Cross Trust
Street Pastors to care for people who have become vulnerable while out enjoying Nottingham’s night life on Friday and Saturday nights 10pm - 3am. Street Pastors in Bulwell and Sneinton/St Anns building community relationships to help tackle crime and anti social behaviour. Operation of a temporary safe space from 10pm to 3am every Friday and Saturday night from June to October whilst the previous safe space was renovated.
Midland Women’s Aid
Support for women survivors of domestic abuse in Family Court Proceedings where they have no recourse to legal aid or cannot afford a legal representative.
Providing trauma management, CBT and motivational interventions to young people involved in gang culture and /or violent crimes and drugs (both use and supply) to transform lives & reduce offending.
FGM Survivors engagement and awareness campaigns through conferences, workshops, films, school visits, cultural engagements, and extensive coverage in Mojatu magazines.
Muslim Women’s Organisation
Awareness raising events to highlight domestic violence and forced marriages within Muslim communities.
Newark and Southwell Street Pastors
To continue the regular patrols in Newark on Saturdays, in Southwell at special events, and expand to resume Friday patrols in Newark.
Provision of support to young males and females that are at risk of, or who have already begun to perpetrate domestic violence within their own intimate and family relationships. Participatory project with young people 13-19 years to develop a range of DV services identified by the YP as relevant to them.
Provision of mapping of voluntary sector organisations interested in delivering victim support services. Development of a network of organisations supporting offenders with mental ill health.
Develop 'Safe Places', a proven way of supporting people with learning disabilities to engage safely within their community. Businesses are supported to provide a 'safe haven' for individuals in difficulty.
Nottingham Rape Crisis
Young person outreach worker to deliver a sexual violence prevention programme to schools in Nottingham City and County, educating young people on issues relating to sexual violence; consent and the law.
Nottingham Women’s Centre
A project using new and innovative ways to address misogynistic incidents and crimes in Nottinghamshire, increase reporting and public confidence in the Police and other agencies to deal with them. Provision of an early intervention outreach programme to educate girls and young women at risk of exclusion from school and/or offending.
Nottinghamshire Neighbourhood Watch
To promote Neighbourhood Watch and encourage scheme registrations and information hubs, through partnership working and pursuing new opportunities, especially in high crime areas. Encourage the take up of Neighbourhood Watch schemes and community self help: securing homes and property, responding to suspicious behaviour and improving engagement with Police.
Nottinghamshire Women’s Aid
A confidential counselling service which offers emotional support to women who have been affected by domestic abuse, helping them recover from their experiences of trauma and its long-term emotional impact. Support for vulnerable young girls who are at risk within their own relationships including domestic abuse, sexual exploitation, honour based violence, forced marriage, stalking, harassment and high risk cases. Therapeutic group intervention programme to address the impact of domestic abuse on women and children.
Notts County FC Football in the Community
Targeted football-based provision working with young people in St Ann’s, Basford, Kirkby in Ashfield and Sutton in Ashfield, at risk of committing crime.
Restorative justice based work with boys and young people aged 11-16 who are or have been involved in crime or anti social behaviour.
PATRA incorporating ACDA
Delivery of the policy recommendations made in the Police and Crime Commissioner's BME Report.
Contribution towards a mobile unit to provide outreach support to sex workers with complex needs.
Group work with vulnerable girls who are victims of crime. Deliver a rolling programme of group based educational sessions for children and young people responsible for committing low level offending.
Safer Living Foundation
Circles of support and accountability to promote the protection of victims of sexual crime and the rehabilitation of high risk sex offenders.
Initiative to reduce bike theft.
The Enthusiasm Trust
To provide activities delivered by local people for young people who are most at risk in order to reduce crime, antisocial behaviour, youth unemployment, community breakdown and social exclusion.
The Prince’s Trust
Intensive outreach and mentoring to 72 young offenders/ex-offenders and those at risk of offending/anti-social behaviour, living in Nottingham City, to access and complete Prince’s Trust programmes.
The Unity Project
The Unity Project engages young people who are considered at risk of offending, Using professionally organised sporting events and social education helps to build social understanding and reduce criminal activity.
Trent Bridge Community Trust
Support for Year 5 and 6 young people using mentoring and community engagement to drive ambition and attainment. Urban art project engaging young people at risk of anti-social behaviour and juvenile crime in Hawtonville (Newark)
UK Network of Sex Work Projects
Contribution towards a national third party reporting mechanism for sex workers to report crime against them. Warnings are disseminated to other workers and shared with the police.
Provision of the Young Witness Service to provide a tailored home visiting service to young witnesses. Support service for victims of ASB providing a listening ear, emotional support, advocacy, practical measures, access to home security advice and other specialist/support services.
Voluntary Action Broxtowe
Accessible workshops for those with mental health issues and physical disabilities giving practical support and advice on keeping safe and to feel comfortable in knowing how to report hate crime. Accessible workshops for newly arrived migrants to support and advise on the law and keeping safe.
Pilot support and advocacy service to teenage girls aged 13 to 17 years experiencing intimate partner domestic violence and abuse.
We R Here
Provision of therapeutic workshops to support victims of domestic violence
Posted on Tuesday 8th September 2015