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PCC opens up £250,000 Community Safety Fund… …with help from Chat'bout

Community Safety Fund Launch

(L-R): Paddy Tipping with Kieran Francis, Jendayi Davis and Lewis Woodcock-Hackshaw from Chat’bout

Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping has unveiled details of a £250,000 windfall for community groups committed to increasing public safety and protecting the vulnerable.

The Commissioner unveiled his Community Safety Fund 2016-17 at a special launch event on Friday (4 Dec) supported by representatives from youth networking charity Chat’bout.

The organisation received funding in 2014-15 and 2015-16 to expand its work with young people, strengthen the relationship between the younger generation and the police and improve access to employment.

In the latest round of funding, Commissioner Tipping will be issuing grants of up to £25,000 to similar local grassroots organisations which can demonstrate the ability to turn lives around, reduce antisocial behaviour and prevent crime.

Although budget decisions have yet to be finalised, Commissioner Tipping hopes to set aside around £250,000 for his Community Safety Fund this year – a figure that has been mirrored in previous years.    

The funding will be available for projects delivering between 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2017.

Commissioner Tipping and Chat’bout volunteers donned Santa’s hats as they officially opened this year’s grant scheme.

Mr Tipping said: “For some time now I’ve talked about the importance of tackling the precursors of crime to bring about long-term changes. Nowhere is this better achieved than by and in the very communities that are experiencing the problems.

“The Community Safety Fund helps to nurture community life and support vulnerable people before they fall onto the path of criminality as well as resolve some of the issues that prompt criminals to reoffend.

“Guiding just one person towards a positive, crime-free future relieves considerable pressure and demand on the police, health services, social services and the public purse which is why I’m so passionate about prevention over cure. 

“I would like to thank Chat’bout for their help in launching this year’s fund and look forward to supporting even more organisations this year to expand the practical help available to victims and those at risk of criminality and ensure that change is within reach.”

In 2014-5, Chat’bout received £9,153 from the Commissioner’s Community Safety Fund to work with the police delivering workshops on Stop and Search which were attended by more than 60 BME young people. The programme helped to foster understanding about the police powers and improve the relationship between young people and the police.  The funding also helped Chat’bout develop as a group and access further opportunities to widen its services.

In 2015-16, a further grant of £15,000 was awarded which was partly used to hold an event generating interest in area youth panels. The event empowered young people to engage with and discuss issues relating to policing, community cohesion and stop and search. As a result of the work, six young people have benefitted from accredited training in constructive dialogue and effective communication and mentoring other young people. 

Commissioner Tipping has outlined a number of key areas in which he is keen to support third sector intervention including support for survivors of sexual abuse, help for vulnerable people who have complex needs and risk victimisation, initiatives aimed at driving down rural crime, innovative BME-led projects and those initiatives which support new and emerging communities to establish positive relationships with the police.

In addition, the Commissioner is keen to support projects which focus on his Police and Crime Plan pledge to address antisocial behaviour. 

Organisations interested in applying for funding must complete an application form, project budget and submit a delivery plan. This should be sent with the signed conflict of interest form to grants@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk

Applicants are strongly advised to read the Guidance Notes before completing their application form. 

Organisations who would like to discuss their application can contact Nicola Wade on grants@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk or 0115 844 5998.

All documents can be downloaded from the Police and Crime Commissioner’s website http://www.nottinghamshire.pcc.police.uk/CommunitySafetyFund-2016-17



Media Enquiries:    Sallie Blair - 01283 821012 / 07702 541401



Posted on Tuesday 8th December 2015
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