Vulnerable people at risk of becoming victims or perpetrators of crime will receive greater support following the release of vital community safety funding.
Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping has chosen 20 community organisations, charities and support specialists to benefit from funding in the latest round of his Community Safety Fund scheme, tackling pressing issues such as domestic violence, hate crime, sexual violence and addiction.
They celebrated their success at a special ceremony attended by community leaders and the PCC at the NBV Enterprise Centre in Nottingham today (14 March).
Under ambitious plans to help people help themselves, Mr Tipping is backing a number of projects which keep young people on the right road and support them to achieve their ambitions as well as those helping serial adult offenders to turn their back on crime.
He is also fulfilling his pledge to build tolerant and cohesive communities, funding projects that break down negative stereotypes and embrace diversity as well as tackle hate crime.
In all, community projects are sharing a total of £254,174 in 2019-20 - £30,000 of which is being retained by the Commissioner until the completion of his review of youth crime diversionary activity.
“There are lots of issues impacting public safety today but I’m in no doubt that the people working with potential victims and offenders day in and day out are the best-placed to offer help,” said Mr Tipping.
“This year we’ve identified a huge range of projects that will help us to tackle some of the most serious problems of our generation, including youth violence and online sexual exploitation. Some of these break new ground, working with potential perpetrators of crime including sexual offending before they’ve ever committed crime.
“I’m very serious about supporting people to make positive life choices, whatever hardship, crisis or difficulties they face, and I’ve every confidence those organisations benefitting from my Community Safety Fund this year will help me make a meaningful difference to people’s lives and future safety. Policing needs their insight and their valuable expertise and I’m counting on their work.”
Most projects are receiving funding for 12 months, covering the period from April 2019 until March 2020. The maximum grant available is £25,000.
Successful applicants were selected following a robust scrutiny process which required them to provide evidence of how they supported the PCC’s Police and Crime Plan themes. These include protecting vulnerable people, helping and supporting victims, tackling crime and antisocial behaviour and transforming services and delivering quality policing.
Among those celebrating are the Nottingham Muslim Women’s Network which has received £18,600 for its Engage Inform Empower project raising awareness of domestic sexual violence and abuse in the Muslim community.
The Children’s Society has been awarded £18,850 for its Safe Choices project working with boys and young men at risk of being sexually and criminally exploited while Changing Lives has received the full grant amount of £25,000 for its Conditional Caution Early Intervention work supporting low to medium risk female offenders through Women Specific Cautions (WSCs) to prevent reoffending and escalation of offending.
For the full list of successful recipients visit: https://www.nottinghamshire.pcc.police.uk/Our-Money/Grants-and-Funding/Community-Safety-Fund-2019-20.aspx
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Posted on Thursday 14th March 2019