With over £2 million in grants allocated to local organisations since Norfolk’s PCC took office two and a half years ago, Stephen Bett has been visiting some of the projects he’s helped support.
Last week, Stephen visited a number of organisations which have benefitted from his Safer Norfolk grants programme, including Pandora Project, Open Road, The Benjamin Foundation, GYROS and LEAP, to find out how the work he’s funded is making a difference.
Stephen was very impressed with the work and services provided at each of the projects and could really see that the services were reaching those who need it most. He was keen to highlight the importance of such projects across the county and the crucial role they have in reducing crime in Norfolk, particularly at a time of police budget cuts:
“We have to get in before people get involved in crime”, he said, “and when they have had a criminal record we have got to try and stop them continuing on that road – which is not a job for the police.
“These voluntary groups have done a fantastic job and it is well worth every penny I have spent in helping them to do this for the community.”
Stephen is proud to support them and will continue to visit more PCC-funded projects in the coming months.