Over £2 million in grants has been allocated to local organisations since Norfolk’s first elected Police and Crime Commissioner took office two and a half years ago.
This week, PCC Stephen Bett will visit some of the projects he has helped support through his Safer Norfolk grants programme and find out how the work he has funded is making a difference in our county.
“Keeping Norfolk safe, supporting victims, rehabilitating offenders and keeping young people clear of crime are not jobs for any one organisation alone”, Stephen said.
“They’ll only be achieved through teamwork, and we are lucky in Norfolk to have so many local organisations playing their part. There is great work being done by people with real dedication, skill and drive to make a difference.”
“I am delighted to have been able to support some of them through my Safer Norfolk Fund and I’m very much looking forward to being out on the road again meeting the people involved.
“As well as finding out more about how the funding is being used, I’ll also get to meet some of the people benefitting from the activities I’ve funded and hear first-hand what it means to them to be able to access the services being provided.”
Organisations eligible to apply for PCC funding have included those supporting victims of domestic abuse and sexual abuse, projects working with children and families affected by crime, those running schemes for young people at risk of offending, and groups working with people who might be more likely to experience crime (either as a victim or offender) due to mental health issues or addiction.
Stephen undertook a week of visits in November 2014 to mark two years since he was elected as Norfolk’s PCC. In this second round of visits, Stephen will take in the Pandora Project which supports victims of domestic abuse and their families in West Norfolk, Open Road’s motor vehicle workshop which is helping young people learn work and life skills which will help them set out on the right path, and the Benjamin Foundation which, through its positive activities programme, is helping tackle the issues affecting young people in Thetford.
The PCC will also be finding out more about the work of GYROS (Great Yarmouth Refugee Outreach and Support), particularly their substance misuse workshops aimed at minority ethnic communities, interpretation services and how they help with access to specialist support. Stephen will also meet with LEAP whose funded activities include a catering and hospitality training scheme for vulnerable and socially-excluded people, and Herring House Trust which is providing a direct pathway from street homelessness to substance dependency treatment.
More information on the PCC’s commissioning of services and all grants allocated can be found on our PCC Grants page.