12 projects have received funding to support work within their communities, that meet the Commissioner’s fighting crime plan priorities and are aimed at making a positive, lasting difference to people for communities.
Schemes in this latest tranche range from diversionary activity, awareness around sexual violence and offences, and engagement with young people to avoid them getting involved in crime and the criminal justice system.
The fund, established in 2021 at the launch of the Commissioner’s Police and Crime Plan, uses cash seized by criminals through the Proceeds of Crime act to fund community projects that help tackle his five key priorities.
A total of £143,000 has now been given to 20 projects from across the county.
Speaking about the funding, Andrew Snowden, Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner said:
“I’m delighted that we’ve again been able to support community groups across Lancashire through my Safer Lancashire Neighbourhoods Fund, as we continue to tackle crime and re-offending across the county and protect the public.
“By backing community projects that make areas safer and deter crime, we’re supporting the officers that are taking the fight to criminals, and the work that the Constabulary is doing to keep people safe.
“There is always a poetic irony in using cash seized from criminals and pumping it back into the communities they once exploited, helping us fund projects that address underlying causes of crimes bettering the lives of those in the community.”
For more information on the Safer Lancashire Neighbourhoods Fund, visit https://www.lancashire-pcc.gov.uk/grant-funding/safer-lancashire-neighbourhoods-fund
Projects receiving funding:
CANWe Solutions CIC – East Division – working with young people subject to No Further Action disposal by the police, ensuring they have access to support – £10,000
Positive Action in the Community – Pendle – youth club provision in response to increase in anti social behaviour in Pendle – £9,988.80
The Billy Project Personal Training – Blackburn with Darwen – support for vulnerable women both victims and ex-offenders, working on fitness, confidence building and referral to other specialist services. – £8,500
Fleetwood Town Community Trust – Wyre – Targeting specific ASB hotspot areas in Fleetwood following consultations with young people, with young club facilities and diversionary activity. – £10,000
The Washington Group (Northwest CIC) – Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre – targeted events around sexualisation in schools colleges, wider community – working with education, police, councils and charities. £8,550
Wigan Athletic Community Trust – West Lancashire – diversionary activity in the heart of Digmoor, Tanhouse areas of Skelmersdale around ASB – £7,200
AFC Fylde Community Foundation – Fylde – support for those who have witnessed or been subjected to Domestic Abuse, working with young people across the Fylde area – £9,750
Freckleton Parish Council – Freckleton – Extension to CCTV system that covers Memorial Park and Main Road area – £1,100
East Cliff Residents Association – Preston – aims to deter ASB, arson and other crimes through additional CCTV cameras – £1,150
Larches, Savick and Lea Pact Partnership – Preston – develop of engagement with young people with activities, educational workshops and support on health and wellbeing – £2,400
Blackpool FC Community Trust – Blackpool – delivery of services in hotspot locations identified with police and community safety teams, with mentoring and engagement with those at risk of or involved in ASB – £10,000
West Lancashire Community Safety Partnership – West Lancashire – project tackling criminal exploitation and rolling our the Choices 24/7 programme in schools – £7,000