More groups supported by Commissioner's Community Fund
More community safety and crime reduction projects in Hertfordshire have been awarded grants from the Commissioner’s Community Fund (CCF).

The community groups or projects have been awarded funding totalling more than £100,000 to help put into action a variety schemes that help cut crime, reduce anti-social behaviour, improve road safety, help victims or reduce reoffending.

This is the second round of funding to be announced after the first tranche of successful bids was announced in September. The CCF has a pot of £250,000 annually however within this round two bids were also eligible to receive funding from the Commissioner from funding provided by the Ministry of Justice for victim-related work.

David Lloyd, Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, said: “The Commissioner’s Community Fund is an important part step in the delivery of my Police and Crime Plan Everybody’s Business. It provides a financial boost to local schemes that make a real difference to life in Hertfordshire by supporting victims or vulnerable people, or by diverting people away from crime or anti-social behaviour.

“As with the first round of funding, the quality of the bids was excellent and shows that there are plenty of ideas out there for making Hertfordshire safer and reducing crime.”

The groups that are receiving funding are:

• Hertswatch has been awarded £1,000 to help pay for a ‘Scam booklet’ which is a fraud prevention advice leaflet for elderly and vulnerable people across Hertfordshire.

• Be Your Best Foundation has been awarded £1,000 towards the costs of a drug misuse and crime prevention arts competition for young people in Hertfordshire.

• Khalsa Youth Football Academy. The Letchworth-based group has been awarded £5,000 to pay for coaching staff and equality officers as well as venue hire for combined football and anti-racism and anti-gang workshops.

• Dacorum Council for Voluntary Service has been awarded £1,227 to train former offenders in Dacorum on work-based courses to enable them to get back into employment.

• Some £7,500 will be paid for a Senior Citizens Academy in Welwyn Hatfield that will provide advice, support and guidance to older people in the district.

• St Albans Penal Affairs Group has been awarded £4,000 to support of a penal affairs conference. The group provides a focus for criminal justice issues in St Albans diocese and is a network for Christians who share concerns on these issues.

• Druglink has been awarded £25,000 towards its countywide alcohol diversion scheme. Druglink delivers a diversionary course to those who would be issued with a fixed penalty notice for alcohol-related offences. The money will allow equipment to be updated and additional resources.

• The anti-knife crime group Billy’s Wish has been granted £8,000 to contribute towards a countywide education programme about the dangers of carrying knives.

• Hertford & Ware Street Pastors have been awarded £9,000 to pay for training and other resources required throughout the year for the help they provide to people using the pubs and bars in East Herts.

• Resolve in Welwyn Hatfield has been awarded £18,208 to fund a pilot drug and alcohol targeted outreach intervention project.

• Surestart Children’s Centre in Watford has been granted £924 to run ‘Caring Dads’ courses which enable men to improve their fathering skills and increase their awareness of,  and responsibility for, abusive and neglectful fathering behaviours and its impact on children.

• Stevenage Citizens Advice Bureau has been granted £10,000 to offer an outreach service to offenders in Stevenage and North Herts, mainly centred around debt and finance work in order to help stop them returning to offending.

• Kids Count has been awarded £12,000 for a countywide programme working with children from a youth offending and anti-social behaviour background.

• The Watford Rape Crisis & Sexual Abuse Centre has been awarded £5,000 to help pay for countywide support for men who have been sexually abused either as a child or as an adult. The grant will help pay for training and marketing for the service. 

• Herts Women’s Centre has been awarded £10,000 for a countywide service supporting the victims of sexual and domestic abuse.

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