PCC Fund supports community groups to make Northamptonshire safer

Northamptonshire Search and Rescue

Tuesday 20 February 2018

The Police and Crime Commissioner, Stephen Mold has awarded over £26,000 to three community projects that are preventing crime in the County.

The Making Northamptonshire Safer Communities Fund is managed and facilitated by Northamptonshire Community Foundation. The fund offers grants of up to £10,000 to support the Police and Crime Plan objectives; Keeping the young safe, Putting victims first, Protecting people from harm and Community Partnerships.

Northamptonshire Search & Rescue were awarded £8,517 to upgrade the group’s radio network to provide a secure communications system.

Neil Balderson, Search Manager at Northamptonshire Search & Rescue spoke about the importance of the funding: “Communications are vital during search and rescue operations and with this funding we will be able to upgrade, to a digitally secure network and simultaneously add the GPS tracking functionality.  This means we can communicate faster, and monitor team’s location remotely, deploy assistance quicker, and hopefully save more lives, making Northamptonshire a Safer community. The team relies solely on donations and grants to operate, and this funding is a huge boost to the team. Thank you to NCF and the PCC.”

East Northants Community Services also received a grant of £8,847 to continue to provide their recovery house rehabilitation service which supports those suffering from substance addiction. Support Northamptonshire were awarded £9, 586 to develop a community-led safety network to help prevent crime, including hate crime and fear of crime across Wellingborough.

Stephen Mold, Police and Crime Commissioner for Northamptonshire spoke of the recent funding decisions: “I’m really pleased to be able to award this money to three fantastic organisations that are helping to make Northamptonshire Safer.

“Working alongside Northamptonshire Community Foundation is an important aspect of this work, as it enables us to show how committed we are to transparency when it comes to the administering of our grant funding.

"I’m looking forward to going to see these projects in action across the next few months, and viewing the positive impact they have on our communities.”

Rachel McGrath, Grants Director and Deputy CEO of Northamptonshire Community Foundation said: “We are delighted to be working alongside the PCC to deliver this fund and help make communities safer across Northamptonshire. The awarded groups will make local communities a safer place to live, work and visit through their funded activities.”

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