Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping raised awareness of the plight of vulnerable residents and victims of crime during an inspirational speech to community leaders.
Commissioner Tipping was invited as a keynote speaker at the Improving Lives’ stakeholder conference on Friday (February 26) which updated charity representatives and community champions on its valuable services.
Improving Lives, formally known as Integritas, is based in Nottingham’s Community and Voluntary Service Centre and delivers free support services to vulnerable members of the community with complex health and social needs to increase their safety and resilience, prevent them from reaching crisis point and guide them to lead happier lives.
More than 40% of the organisation’s service users are victims of crime while many have serious and often undiagnosed mental health issues which come to the charity’s attention via repeat emergency services calls or intervention.
Commissioner Tipping has provided grants of £25,000 and £15,000 to the service during the past two years and has pledged to help again in 2016/17 to ensure the organisation can continue its work.
During the stakeholder engagement event, Mr Tipping told delegates of the vital relationship between community help services and crime prevention and spoke of his support for organisations which aimed to resolve the social issues which often led to crime.
“Improving Lives is a huge ally to the police, making sure vulnerable people receive the specialist help they need while also reducing demand on emergency services,” he said after the meeting.
“Organisations that fulfil a social, compassionate role like this are helping us to builder healthier and safer communities and it’s important there is continuity in service. I’ve been very impressed with the work of Improving Lives and feel strongly that it receives the financial help needed to keep delivering these positive outcomes.”
Victoria Burrows, Improving Lives project manager, added: “Improving Lives is very grateful for the ongoing support and funding that Paddy and his team has given us. We unfortunately need more funding to secure our service after July whilst we explore alternative funding streams.”
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Posted on Thursday 3rd March 2016