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Commissioner in digital ‘visit’ to project bringing people together during Covid-19

21 August, 2020

Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Clive Grunshaw has heard how a project aimed at supporting vulnerable people and strengthening community bonds, has needed to change the way it delivers this support due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Adullam Programme, based in Lancaster, received £2,200 from the Commissioner’s Community Action Fund to expand the group based support offered to include more people, support in terms of engagement, mental health support and lessen the impacts on the emergency services.

This is complimented with one-to-one peer support which takes into account the different needs of each service user and the best way to help them engage, improving their employability, social skills and helping avoid any involvement in crime, such as anti-social behaviour.

Talking to Kath, one of the programme managers of the Adullam Programme, the Commissioner heard about the way that the project is being delivered remotely due to Covid-19, how service users have reacted to these changes and the future of the organisation’s work.

He said:

“It was great to hear how this project, which I was pleased to support through my Community Action Fund, has adapted to the unprecedented situation caused by the Coronavirus pandemic and continued to deliver support to those who need it.

“Investing funds recovered from Proceeds of Crime in this way, removing funds from those who seek to blight our communities and using it to strengthen them, sends a clear signal about the type of place that Lancashire is and recognises the positive role that the various community organisations up and down the county play.

“It helps build confident communities and supports vulnerable people who may otherwise have nowhere else to turn, which are key priorities in my Police and Crime Plan.”

Kath from the Adullam Programme said:

“We have had to work differently during the Covid-19 crisis and it’s been great to be able to support people at what is a very difficult time.

“The Community Action Fund has helped us expand our offer and support more thoroughly those who need that help to get back on their feet.”

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