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Commissioner visits Watford CCF winner to see work with former offenders
The Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd visited an organisation in Watford yesterday (Monday 9th February) to see work to divert former offenders away from a life of crime.
 
‘Farming For All’ was awarded more than £16,000 by the Commissioner’s Community Fund (CCF) last July to run courses for a group of offenders that are at high risk of offending again. The courses offer participants practical, life and employment skills through structured and supportive rural activities for service users, to help break the cycle of reoffending.
 
Visiting the community interest company on Monday, the Commissioner saw some of the service users at work tending animals and learnt more about the project.
 
He said: “I was interested to see how the group had used their CCF grant to help improve confidence and self-esteem among an often-marginalised section of the community. Giving someone some skills and confidence can be the key to helping them turn their life around. Success here benefits the wider community as less reoffending means less crime and fewer victims.”
 
Jude Allen, who is director and principle trainer at ‘Farming For All’, said: “We are very grateful to the Commissioner’s Community Fund for awarding us this money. We know from experience that practical projects of this nature have the potential to help change lives for the long term.
 
“They enable people to re-engage with both society and themselves, to demonstrate their own capabilities and develop a renewed confidence in life. Many of our participants go on to other courses, volunteering opportunities and employment after being helped with that first step back towards a meaningful contribution to society.”
 
The CCF opens for applications on Wednesday 18th February from individuals, charities or businesses in Hertfordshire wanting to apply for funding for schemes and projects that help improve community safety or reduce crime.
 
Anyone with a good idea that fits in with the Commissioner’s Police and Crime Plan for Hertfordshire will be able to apply for funding from its £250,000 pot.
 
Further information and supporting documentation is available now on the Commissioner’s website here.
 
Applications can be made between 18th February and 25th March and submitted by email to commissioner@herts.pnn.police.uk. If you are unable to submit your bid via email, please contact Commissioner Lloyd’s office on 01707 806100 or by post to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, 15 Vaughan Road, Harpenden, Hertfordshire AL5 4GZ.