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Commissioner highlights success of organisations awarded thousands in funding

23 April, 2015

Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs), voluntary organisations and charities across Lancashire have used funding from Clive Grunshaw to help support victims and reduce re-offending.

The Police and Crime Commissioner grants were made available to organisations for work to help deliver his policing and crime priorities.  The benefactors included charities that tackle domestic violence and hate crime, support rape and sexual assault victims, and provide diversionary activities for young people.

In addition the 12 district CSPs each received £10k for local initiatives. The money has supported a range of initiatives including tackling anti-social behaviour and crime with a taxi stewarding scheme from Preston CSP, to protecting vulnerable people with a Victim Support Package joint project between Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale’s CSPs.

Among groups that benefited from the cash are 13 organisations across Lancashire that run Women’s Centres and Supported Safe Housing. They shared £302k after Mr Grunshaw secured more than £500k from the Ministry of Justice Victims Competed Fund.

The Commissioner has also funded several partnership and community safety programmes that have been approved for funding from the Community Safety and Partnership and the Ministry of Justice Victims’ Funding streams.

Mr Grunshaw said: “I’m delighted to have been able to support these projects, which I hope will make a real difference to the lives of vulnerable people in Lancashire.” Trust House, a rape and sexual assault centre in Preston, used its £70,000 grant to continue providing a specialist sexual violence helpline as well as counselling provision for adults and a children’s and young person’s sexual violence advisor. The money will mean the organisation can also expand some of its services.

The Inner Strength Programme, which works with groups of domestic violence perpetrators in a community or custody setting, was awarded £30,000 to train frontline professionals to help them identify risk groups and deliver sessions in community settings. The scheme, which is jointly managed by Blackpool’s Early Help Manager and Lancashire Constabulary’s Public Protection Unit and supported with supervision by Forensic Psychological Solutions, is aimed at making perpetrators realise the impact of their behaviour.

£20,000 has been given to Victims Voice – a partnership between Disability First, Smile Mediation, the Wyre and Lancaster District Hate Crime Project and the Independent Hate Crime Hub CIC – to host four interactive hate crime roadshows across Lancashire highlighting what hate crime is and how victims can get support.

Domestic abuse victims in Chorley benefitted from the £20,000 given to Saheliyaan Asian Women’s Forum. The organisation, which works with women from all backgrounds, used the money to deliver more culturally-appropriate confidence building courses for victims and potential victims.

And a further £10,000 was given to the Club2Go bus – a youth facility that visits areas where there is a higher than average rate of anti-social behaviour and criminal damage. The cash will mean the initiative can provide the bus’s services over the six weeks of the summer holidays in at least four locations in Blackpool.

Eight other local groups and organisations were also awarded grants of up to £2,500 from Mr Grunshaw’s Community Action Fund.

Preston Pirates, Larches and Savick PACT Partnership, Certain Curtain Theatre Company, Friends of Highfield Road Park, Friends of Rose School, Ormskirk Street Pastors and West Lancs Ark have all been given money under this scheme.

Mr Grunshaw said: “These initiatives all support and work to deliver my priorities as Police and Crime Commissioner, as well as tackling issues which have a high-level impact on the Constabulary. “Lancashire has some excellent organisations which dedicate themselves to trying to improve the lives of victims county-wide, and I am delighted I have been able to give them financial support to continue their work. “An important part of my role is assisting community groups and voluntary organisations to help their area. Local people are in the best position to know what residents living in their area need, and I am pleased I am able to support them to deliver the initiatives they believe their communities will benefit from, enabling them to tackle crime, reduce anti-social behaviour and support people going through difficult times.”

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