Police and Crime Commissioner Fund: Latest awards

The Police and Crime Commissioner, Stephen Mold has awarded over £12,000 to two community projects that are preventing crime in the County with further funds to be awarded later in the year.

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.

Northampton Street Pastors were awarded £3,000 to support the work of Street Pastors which deploys trained volunteers into Northampton every Saturday night around pubs and clubs to support those who may experience a traumatic or difficult time if their behaviour, or the behaviour of others, is impacted by excessive alcohol, and at times, use of drugs, and where individuals can be vulnerable to abuse and crime.

Richard Johnson, Chairman of Northampton Street Pastors spoke about the importance of the funding: “Street Pastors teams impact the community by creating an increased feeling of safety within the community, offering practical support, reducing and averting crime, and reducing the need for Police and emergency services. The teams are cost effective, non-threatening and non-judgemental and work closely with partner agencies who seek to keep Northampton safe.”

Shudan Community Interest Company received £9,560 from the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Fund to run martial arts and self-defence lessons at the Hemmingwell community centre in Wellingborough, to help solve the problem of crime, drugs and anti-social behaviour in the area.

Jeff Gonsalves, Director of Shudan CIC said: “Thanks to the Making Northamptonshire safer Communities Fund, we will be running martial arts and self-defence lessons two evenings a week at the Hemmingwell community centre. We will also be putting on knife awareness workshops on for free to participants, this is also funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner.”

Stephen Mold, Police and Crime Commissioner for Northamptonshire spoke of the recent funding decisions: “It is a privilege to be able to directly support groups across the county that are working hard to make their community safer. Through my ‘Making Northamptonshire Safer’ fund we have given grants to a wide variety of organisations, working on a small or large scale, and what they have in common is that they are changing lives for the better.

“I have the opportunity to see great work going on in Northamptonshire and it is a very rewarding part of my role that I have the chance to say ‘thank you’ to people who are making a difference to the lives of others.”

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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