(L-R): Bishop Lincoln Davis, Clive Foster, Kate Meynall, Paddy Tipping, Dave Wakelin, Dr Ezekiel Alawale, Bishop Carlton Napier
Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping has unveiled new funding worth up to £350k for proactive community work confronting, amongst other things, knife crime and serious youth violence.
Speaking at Nottinghamshire’s Knife Crime Symposium – an event bringing together senior church leaders from across Nottinghamshire to agree action on youth violence – the PCC announced plans to empower local communities and voluntary groups to tackle the root causes of knife crime, serious violence and prevent young people from becoming the next victim.
He announced £250,000 would be available for grassroots community safety projects through his Community Safety Fund for 2020-21- and in a double boost for community groups he revealed a further £100,000 was being invested by Nottinghamshire’s Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) creating a combined Community Safety and Violence Reduction Unit Fund of £350k..
Mr Tipping, who chairs the new VRU (which organised the Symposium event), said: “Each and every one of us has a responsibility to support young people to become safe and active members of their community and to help them to achieve their potential.
"That is what this event is all about.
"It takes the whole community to raise a child and it is imperative we intervene early to reduce the risks and prevent further tragedies on our streets.
“We need passion, unity and sustained effort to nurture the next generation of young people and ensure we put a stop to violence in all its forms. On the street, online and in the home. This funding will empower communities to work together and deliver vital intervention now.”
The Knife Crime Symposium was hosted by Pastor Clive Foster, Senior Minister from the Pilgrim Church in the Meadows, and held at Gods Vineyard Church in Lenton.
It examined how the Church could play a proactive role in reducing serious violence in key hotspots of Nottinghamshire by working together with public authorities and partners, as well as how it could support and respond to families and communities affected by violence.
Mr Tipping said tightly knitted cohesive communities, where people support each other, share problems and jointly work towards solutions, are critical to discouraging people from making harmful life choices which impact negatively on everybody.
He said the Fund would also favour projects which prioritised neighbourhood-level problem solving approaches to tackle issues such as drug use and dealing and reckless and dangerous driving as well as community-led initiatives promoting community cohesion.
The PCC also pledged to prioritise community-led projects that tackled serious violence by focusing on a public health approach. This model believes that violence is preventable and that by understanding and addressing the root causes, it is possible to stop it happening.
Other prioritised areas include programmes that aim to rehabilitate first-time offenders and break the cycle of crime and projects which work in partnership with Nottinghamshire Police to foster positive relationships between the Force and BAME and other new emerging communities.
Applications open from today (Monday 11 November) and the deadline for submissions is midday on Friday 20 December. Grants up to a maximum of £25,000 are available for projects delivered in the 2020/2021 financial year.
The keynote speakers attending the Knife Crime Symposium include Nottinghamshire Assistant Chief Constable Kate Meynell; Amanda Jamieson, Director of Mother’s Voices; Ben Lindsay, from Power the Flight Project in London; community campaigner Dr Rev Desmond Jaddoo; and criminology lecturer Sarah Hilder from Nottingham Trent University.
For more information on the funding criteria and to apply, click HERE
NOTES TO EDITORS:
The Violence Reduction Unit was established in September 2019 following receipt of a Home Office grant. These units have been set up across England and Wales with the core function of leading on and strategically coordinating the local response to serious violence.
The Violence Reduction Unit believes violence is preventable and it seeks to improve the safety, health and wellbeing of communities across Nottinghamshire by tackling violence and addressing its root causes and promoting collective responsibility for its prevention.
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Posted on Monday 11th November 2019