Crime reduction schemes and victim support services provided by volunteers and community groups make significant contributions towards keeping people safe and confident in Nottinghamshire, the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Paddy Tipping, said today (Thursday 31 March).
Speaking at the Nottingham CVS (Community and Voluntary Service) Little Acorns event, Mr Tipping pointed to the achievements of so many groups, and how he has been delighted to support their work through his community safety funding scheme and victim support commissioning role.
“The third sector is incredibly diverse and plays a really significant role in society by delivering public services, supporting vulnerable people, working with people who are mistrustful of public sector agencies and by mobilising communities,” he said.
He went on: “People often talk about the big charities. However, small voluntary and community groups are the catalyst for change in their local communities.”
The Commissioner was one of a number of speakers talking to voluntary and public sector colleagues on the day’s three themes: Crime and Drugs, Transforming Care, and Mental Health.
Since taking office in 2012, Mr Tipping has awarded over £1.3m in small grants of £25,000 or less to more than 60 voluntary and community groups to support them in work that helped to achieve his Police and Crime Plan objectives. These projects range from fraud prevention work with vulnerable elderly people to Street Pastors who help to keep people safe while enjoying Nottinghamshire’s nightlife. Other schemes he has funded include work with offenders to tackle the underlying cause of their criminal behaviour, work with newly arrived communities to build relations between them, and schemes such as Crimestoppers and Neighbourhood Watch.
He has contributed around £600,000 each year towards substance misuse contracts held in the city and county by third sector organisations Framework and CRI. The CRI contract is part of a multi-million point contract which has been co-commissioned with the County Council.
In 2014 Police and Crime Commissioners became responsible for commissioning victim support services. Since then, Mr Tipping has funded support of around £1.8m per year. “Third sector organisations have, without exception, delivered all the support I fund to victims. As a result of the hard work of staff and volunteers in voluntary agencies literally thousands of victims now feel safer and more confident.”
The Commissioner, who is keen to ensure that community groups are recognised for the role they play, held a consultation exercise with stakeholders a few weeks ago. This concluded with their overwhelming approval for a stronger role for community groups in helping to empower victims to recover from crime. As a result, a new model is aimed at supporting small and large organisations in working together.
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Posted on Thursday 31st March 2016