Crime fighting initiatives receive boost from Commissioner's Community Fund
More than £64,000-worth of funding has been agreed by the Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd for crime prevention, community safety and victim support schemes in Hertfordshire.
Some 11 projects or organisations have received funding in the fourth tranche of Commissioner’s Community Fund (CCF) winners or from his victims’ commissioning budget.
This is the fourth tranche of funding to be agreed and follows an application process that started in September. The winning schemes support the Commissioner’s Police and Crime Plan for Hertfordshire, Everybody’s Business, by helping cut crime and anti-social behaviour or reducing reoffending.
Four of the schemes were funded using cash from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) Victims Fund to support the delivery of local services to help victims of crime cope and recover from their ordeal. This is money that has been devolved from the MoJ for spending locally by the Commissioner. Funding from this budget was available through a similar application process as the CCF which ran at the same time.
Commissioner Lloyd said: “Yet again the standard of applications for funding for both the CCF and victims’ services was excellent. I created the CCF to provide financial support to community schemes to help them get off the ground or expand their current provision.
“Hertfordshire is a safe place with a strong community spirit and low in crime. I’m glad to see so many groups and organisations there are that are looking to make a positive difference to life in the county.”
The groups receiving CCF funding (total £48,417):
Westminster Drug Project (Countywide): Awarded £8,443 to help reduce intergenerational offending by employing a trained family worker to work intensively with 12 families across Hertfordshire as part of the Recovery Oriented Offender Treatment Service programme.
Betel of Britain (Countywide): Awarded £3,794 to purchase new landscaping equipment to help train ex-offenders in business and life skills.
St Albans Business Against Crime (St Albans): Awarded £2,000 to provide radios to retailers in St Albans District to help tackle business crime, together with a leaflet campaign to encourage retailers to join St Albans Business Against Crime scheme.
Watford African Caribbean Association (Watford): Awarded £600 to deliver a series of digital safety workshops on topics relating to internet security (staying safe, cyber-bullying, illegal downloading) for 58 pupils aged 5 to 16 years.
South Hill Centre (Dacorum): Awarded £18,300 to help reduce re-offending by offering 10 newly released offenders a mentor and home start kits.
Swan Youth Centre (Dacorum): Awarded £12,580 to provide a range of structured activities for 12-18 year olds who are at risk of engaging in anti-social behaviour.
Herts Watch (Countywide): Awarded £2,700 to purchase ultraviolet pens and Neighbourhood Watch signs to support the increase of Neighbourhood Watch across the county.
Victim services funding (total £16,000):
Watford Women’s Centre (Watford and Three Rivers): Awarded £3,000 to assess and support 150 domestic abuse victims by providing therapeutic interventions to help the victim develop healthier relationships for themselves and their children reducing the risk of elevation.
Youth Talk (St Albans and Harpenden): Awarded £5,000 to provide therapeutic interventions for young people aged 14-25 years who present with current and historic abuse and neglect.
The Open Toy Box (Dacorum and St Albans): Awarded £3,000 to offer 12 weeks of play therapy groups to children and young people aged up to 18 years old who have witnessed or suffered domestic abuse.
Watford Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Centre (Countywide excluding North Herts and St Albans): Awarded £5,000 towards rewriting organisational policies and procedures and develop a handbook for volunteers to help support victims of male rape, historical rape and forced marriage.
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