Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles today announced a fresh wave of funding for community groups and local organisations which support his efforts to improve the quality of life in communities.
In 2014-15 Commissioner Charles’ Crime Prevention Fund will provide £250,000 worth of grants to locally-run organisations and third sector applicants who can demonstrate success in tackling his Police and Crime Plan priorities. The funding, announced at today’s Strategic Governance Board meeting, will be delivered in two separate rounds of £125,000 each and grants up to a maximum of £25,000 are available for the right projects.
Commissioner Charles is keen to support crime reduction and early intervention initiatives to help reduce the demand for police and health services – and fewer victims of crime.
Commissioner Charles said: “Taking a more preventative approach to crime is not only cost-effective but delivers better results in the long-term. For every offender who is reformed and guided away from criminal behaviour, there are fewer future victims and the money which would have been spent on a police investigation can instead be invested into more holistic services.
“Our partners are working incredibly hard on the ground to provide alternatives for people whose lives have bound by addiction, abuse and offending. The funding I’m making available in 2014-15 shows my ongoing appreciation for their contribution to the larger community safety agenda and will I hope go some way to expanding them in the future.”
Local organisations and community groups interested in applying for funding should visit the Commissioner’s website at http://www.derbyshire-pcc.gov.uk/Public-Information/Grants/Crime-Prevention-Grants.aspx
The closing date for applications for the first round of funding is 1 May 2014 while the second round will run from 10 July to 12 September 2014. The Commissioner will ask Derbyshire County and Derby City Council to review applications during the decision-making process.
Successful projects supported in the last twelve months include:
Last year, the Commissioner provided £250,000 from his Crime Prevention Fund to 25 local organisations and charities. One such recipient was Rhubarb Farm Community Interest Company in Langwith, which received £5,000 to expand its work with ex-offenders and volunteers recovering from alcohol or drug abuse. The grant helped fund a new polytunnel which supported the growth of crops later distributed to the local community at a substantially reduced cost. The project is credited with helping to build confidence and self-esteem among the volunteers and steer them away from their previous criminal activities. Many have now gained employment through the initiative as a result.
Rhubarb Farm has been delighted that the Commissioner had the faith to fund such a project, as it will enable more ex-offenders to be supported in their rehabilitation.
Chesterfield-based SPODA received £5,000 to help develop a website designed to reduce the harm that the drugs can cause, give people information about different drugs and the effects they can have, and inform people what they should do in an emergency if a friend becomes unwell after taking drugs or alcohol.
The site allows people who use drugs such as cocaine, M-cat and ecstasy to learn about the risks of taking illegal white powders and pills.
The Commissioner said: “While I don’t condone illegal drug use, I am aware that if people are determined to use legal or illegal substances, they will find a way. I think it is preferable that they are fully informed of the effects these substances can have and so that the right first aid or medical help can be provided should something go wrong and if it saves one life, then I think it is well worth it.”
Our Vision our Future
Our Vision Our Future is a self-advocacy group based in NE Derbyshire, run by and for adults with learning disabilities. It received £2000 for a hate crime project which focused on explaining how hate crime affects people with learning disabilities. The Commissioner’s funding enabled presentations to be made to 12 schools in the area. The presentations were designed to help young people and adults understand how their actions have an effect on other people in the community and the hurt and harm this can cause.
Children in each school thanked the team for raising awareness about bullying particularly if cases where they had been victims of bullying.
The presentation also covered sexual abuse and raised awareness about the need to keep safe.
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Posted on Monday 17th February 2014