Commissioner awards funding to groups
that help tackle crime, reoffending and anti social behaviour
COMMUNITY groups across Lancashire have
been awarded almost £9,000 of funding from the Police and Crime Commissioner's
Community Action Fund. Clive Grunshaw has given the money to 6 organisations
that work towards helping him achieve his Police and Crime priorities. The
funding will help disadvantaged youngsters stay away from crime and anti social
Mr Grunshaw said:- "I'm delighted to be able to support these projects,
which I hope will make a real difference to the lives of vulnerable people in
Among the organisations to be granted funding is the Callon Kid Community Club,
in Preston. It has been awarded £1,700 to provide a Positive Activities
Programme. It will take place over for weeks in the school summer holidays and
allow children, who are among the most disadvantaged and socially excluded, in
the Callon, Fishwick and St Matthew's areas of the City get involved in
activities 3 days a week.
In Central Lancashire, the Too Many Cooks scheme will be run by the eQuality
Time group with £1,760 of funding from Mr Grunshaw. The literacy intervention
programme works with groups, particularly young people at risk of offending.
Organisers will work with youngsters for a week to help them create a novel. On
the final day, their book will be published and sold on the internet.
The Friends of Eastpines Park, in Blackpool, will use its £2,000 grant to
provide a Football Kicks programme. Training sessions will be held on Monday and
Friday evenings, for 12 months, for young people aged 7 to 19 from Bispham,
Anchorsholme and Cleveleys.
Youth facilities at Mill Hill Community Football Club will be improved thanks to
a £500 cash injection from the Commissioner's Community Action Fund. Organisers
will use the money to buy a mower and strimmer, which will allow the centre to
continue running its football teams.
The New Opportunity Festival, which will be run by Sports Opportunity
Foundation, is to benefit from £1,000 from the Commissioner. The multi sports
project, for young people aged 1 to 18 in the Preston, Kirkham and Ashton
Gardens and St Anne's areas will run four days a week for a five day period.
And in Accrington, free multi sport activities for boys and girls, aged 10 to 17,
will be provided at Springhill Primary School by Sweeney's Multi Sports. The
group works with the neighbourhood Policing teams to target the most vulnerable
young people. Officers can engage with young people in a relaxed environment.
Mr Grunshaw added:- "All of these projects are extremely worthwhile and go
a long way to helping me achieve 1 of my key priorities of tackling crime,
reoffending and anti social behaviour. These community groups work tirelessly to
help some of the most disadvantaged people in Lancashire and they are in the
best position to know what residents in their area really need. I am pleased to
be able to support them to deliver important initiatives that in turn help to
reduce crime where they live."
The Community Action Fund hands out grants of up to £2,500 to support small
projects across Lancashire. To see if your group is eligible for funding,
New PCs have just join the
Lancashire Police Force
NEW Police Constables have been
officially sworn into Lancashire Police. 32 officers were welcomed into the
force at an attestation ceremony at Lancashire Constabulary's headquarters. A
further 14 will be attested at another celebration on 19 May 2015.
Clive Grunshaw, Lancashire's Police and Crime Commissioner, said:- "1 of
my key priorities is to protect frontline Policing in the county, maintaining a
24 hour service across every inch of the County. I am delighted to be able to
welcome this latest group to Lancashire Constabulary. All of our new officers
have done exceptionally well to make it through the recruitment process, and I
now wish them the best of luck as they embark on their initial training. They
should be very proud of themselves. It has been several years since Lancashire
Constabulary has been able to open up recruitment externally, and the demand the
force received from people wanting to join was phenomenal. The roles these new
officers will play in Lancashire will be vital; they will be responsible for
keeping the public safe, upholding the highest standards of honesty and
integrity and representing Lancashire Constabulary in our communities. I am sure
they will all be a real asset to the force."
The ceremonies form part of a legal progress
and the new recruits, who are from all over Lancashire, are presented with their
warrant cards during the attestations, meaning they are allowed to make arrests.
Following the events, the PCs will continue with their training for 5 months.
They will then complete a public order training course before entering into the
tutor phase, during which they will shadow officers for 10 weeks.
After successfully completing a 2 year probationary period, which will include
the new recruits passing an additional three development courses at the
Constabulary's headquarters, the new PCs will achieve a Level 3 Diploma in
Policing. They will 'graduate' in April 2017.
The force welcomed a further 59 new officers during 2 attestation ceremonies in
January 2015. The Commissioner added:- "I wish all of the new PCs
all the very best for the future."