Grassroots organisations funded by PCC
to help cut crime and protect communities
13 grassroots organisations have been
awarded a share of ₤135,000 from a fund run by Merseyside Police Commissioner's
for projects which are working to build safer communities.
Jane Kennedy again used her Crime Prevention Fund to give a vital cash boost to
community groups, charities and third sector organisations who are working to
prevent crime in communities across Merseyside.
The fund, which was launched in 2015, offers grants of between ₤5,000 and
₤25,000 to support community safety projects which prevent problems from
occurring by reducing the opportunities for crime, and by deterring people from
becoming involved in anti social and illegal behaviour.
More than 70 community organisations bid into the fund, with the total combined
value requested amounting to more than ₤1.1m. Currently Jane has announced the 13
successful organisations which will each receive a share of the funding to help
make a difference in their communities over the next 12 months.
Jane said:- "This fund recognises the really significant role local groups
and 3rd sector organisations play in identifying issues in their own communities
and devising effective and often inventive approaches to tackling those
problems. The number and quality of the bids I received demonstrates the effort
invested across Merseyside to prevent and tackle crime and support vulnerable
people. I am delighted to now be in a position to announce the 13 organisations
who will benefit from a grant from the Fund. Each of the groups behind these
projects showed a genuine passion for their work and a real desire to make a
difference. These small grants can have a huge impact in the long term by
helping to deter people, especially young people, from entering the criminal
justice system, reducing the number of victims and thereby making our
communities better places to live. I look forward to seeing all these projects
being delivered over the next year."
Among the successful organisations were the Royal Court Liverpool Trust who were
awarded ₤25,000 to continue to run their hard-hitting drama Terriers. Terriers
has received rave reviews from schools for helping to raise awareness among
young people of the dangers of getting involved with gun and gang crime.
The Commissioner also awarded ₤15,000 to educational charity, Ariel Trust, to
help run their 'It's not OK!' project aimed at providing resources to support
teachers to deliver preventative education to young people on a range of issues,
including domestic, homophobic and online abuse. This year, the fund will
particularly focus on raising awareness on child sexual exploitation and
grooming among primary school children.
A ₤10,000 grant was also made to Breckfield and North Everton Neighbourhood
Council (BNEC) to help them deliver their Making Waves project which delivers
both outreach and centre-based services for young people living in areas of high
deprivation. The funding will be used to help fund a team of specialised youth
workers who will be deployed to ASB hotspot areas to engage with young people
and provide a range of activities to divert them away from crime.
The funding will also be used to support Liverpool Pride's:- 'COME OUT the
Shadows' campaign which will see a host of popular landmarks lit up across
the City to help build awareness of LGBT issues, promote tolerance and encourage
residents to embrace and celebrate diversity.
A number of the successful projects focussed on engaging with young people,
particularly those on the periphery of crime and anti social behaviour, to
divert them away from illegal behaviour and encourage them to get involved with
a host of positive activities.
The Crime Prevention Fund is administered by the Community Foundation for
Merseyside (CFM), an independent charity which assists grant-making and
charitable giving. CFM's Community Philanthropy Manager James Proctor said:-
"The high quality and range of projects we received for the fund demonstrates
just how Community and Voluntary Sector organisations have such an important
role to play in providing diversionary activities, safety awareness advice and
services for those at risk or already involved in the criminal justice system.
These all have a hugely positive impact on reducing crime and anti social
behaviour to support the Police. As a grant maker, the Community Foundation for
Merseyside believe funding such as this from the Police Commissioner is vital to
support the great work of these community organisations."
Organisations who applied for the funding needed to show how their project would
work to tackle the objectives set out in the Commissioner's Police and Crime
Plan. These include tackling serious and organised crime, preventing crime and
anti social behaviour, providing a visible and accessible neighbourhood policing
style, supporting victims, protecting vulnerable people and maintaining public
Applications also needed to demonstrate how the initiative would deter
individuals from committing crime, reduce the number of people entering the
criminal justice system, or lower reoffending. They were also assessed to see
how well they would protect vulnerable communities.
||Proposed Allocation ₤
|Ariel Trust (It's Not OK)
|Breckfield & North Everton Neighbourhood
|Gautby Road Play and Community Centre
|Park Farm Centre
'Come out the Shadows'
|Road Safety Matters C.I.C
|Royal Court Liverpool Trust
|Speke Children's Environment Centre
|Tuebrook Hope Group
|Viking Centre and youth Club