Eighteen community projects across Nottinghamshire are being given the chance to make a difference to public safety thanks to funding from the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping.
The PCC has allocated £270,000 from his 2018/19 Community Safety Fund to support community-run projects which help people combat their problems, protect vulnerable people from violence, support the recovery of victims of crime and tackle hate crime and segregation.
A special celebration event was held at Nottingham Forest Football Club today to congratulate those organisations which successfully applied for funding to expand their work.
Mr Tipping said: “My idea of good policing continues to be focused on prevention, prevention, prevention. By putting ourselves in the shoes of the perpetrators and victims of crime we can start to unravel the problems which increase risk or vulnerability and take action to prevent it.
“I’ve been really impressed by the experience and positive work of these organisations here today. Competition for funding was strong however I’m confident our final selection will maximise our efforts to make Nottinghamshire safer and reduce the impact of crime and antisocial behaviour on our communities in the future.
“People often need help not punishment to lead better lives and overcome their problems. These grants will empower community-run organisations to deliver support where it’s needed most and by people who are compassionate, understanding and trained to intervene.”
Graham Moran, chief executive of Nottingham Forest Community Trust, said: “Nottingham Forest Community Trust is delighted to host the event and support the Police and Crime Commissioner’s investment in positive community engagement.”
Among the organisations to successfully apply for funding this year is Nottingham Muslim Women’s Network (NMWN) which has received £22,000 for its Men Leading For Change programme working with boys and young men to tackle unhealthy ideas and attitudes towards women, grooming, honour-based abuse and forced marriage.
The Safer Living Foundation, meanwhile, received £25,000 for its Prevention Project to continue its provision of a self-referral treatment service for individuals who are concerned they might sexually offend.
To support community-based crime reduction, the PCC has issued £5,000 to NottsWatch to facilitate the launch of new NHW schemes and information hubs in high-impact areas and support existing NHW coordinators and also £5,000 to the Crimestoppers Trust’s Rural Crime Initiative to gather intelligence, supress criminal activity and provide police with actionable information about rural crime.
Other successful organisations include Al-Hurraya for its Project Rainbow which provides culturally-specific mentorship and counselling for young people affected by substance misuse and vulnerable to or involved in crime.
A full list of successful projects is available here.
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Posted on Tuesday 15th May 2018