Grants totalling more than £162,000 have been awarded by Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles to a number of organisations whose work helps to meet his plans for keeping the county safe from crime.
His grants were approved at the Strategic Governance Board meeting at Police HQ in Ripley (held Monday 28th July).
Mr Charles commented: “We are very lucky in Derbyshire to have a wide range of organisations that work hard to help prevent crime and support victims in their recovery. Their involvement does much to improve the quality of life within our communities.
“In the midst of these groups are many hundreds of volunteers who give their time and expertise to make a considerable difference. I am therefore delighted to be able to offer some tangible support through my crime prevention and domestic violence service grants.”
His latest round of grants includes funding for four projects delivering training or awareness schemes. They are: Jobs, Education and Training that work with Derby City Council Community Safety Partnership; the Multi Faith Centre’s awareness programme for young people in the Roma community; Erewash Youth Forum’s production of a film to raise awareness of cyber bullying; and Rhubarb Farm’s Living Skills training courses for ex-offenders.
A further four grants go to groups working on domestic abuse issues. These are the High Peak Women’s Aid whose members are running a scheme to help young women aged 14-24, Derby Women’s Centre’s for their development of a domestic abuse programme aimed at male Pakistani perpetrators, Next Step in South Derbyshire, and Refuge – an organisation that provides emotional and practical support to South Asian women resettling from refuge.
The Commissioner has also selected The Hope Springs Recovery Centre for an award to support its work with drugs and alcohol issues.
Mr Charles has several award schemes at his disposal with a view to helping him to deliver his Police and Crime Plan. £250,000 was set aside for 2014-15 under the Crime Prevention Grants scheme to fund projects aimed at helping to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour, protect victims and vulnerable people, and support witnesses.
Closing date for the second of this year’s two opportunities to apply for grants is 12 September. Applications are invited from the public sector, community groups and third sector organisations for either a Small Grant of up to £5,000 or a Large Grant of between £5,000 and £25,000.
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Posted on Tuesday 29th July 2014