Groups urged to apply for funds to improve community safety

Time is running out for community groups across Staffordshire to apply for funding for projects that can make their area safer.

The current round of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s People Power Fund funding opened on 1 March, but will close on 14 April.

The fund supports local community safety activities across Staffordshire, such as providing activities for young people to help reduce anti-social behaviour, mentoring programmes, and events that improve the quality of life in local areas.

In the last three years over 280 local projects across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent have received People Power Funding, including

  • Staffordshire Wildlife Trust received £2,750 for its Wildplay sessions in Stoke-on-Trent which saw over 350 young people involved in outdoor activities including den building, pond dipping and obstacle courses, getting youngsters outside and providing a positive alternative to anti-social behaviour.
  • Trentham Rugby Union Football Club was awarded £925 to install CCTV following a number of incidents of anti-social behaviour and vandalism. The new security measures are helping to prevent anti-social behaviour in the neighbouring park from spilling into the club grounds, reducing the need for local officers to attend.
  • Eccleshall Football Club received £1,650 to install CCTV cameras and an alarm system following a number of break-ins at the club grounds resulting in the theft of maintenance equipment and gas bottles. The new security measures have helped to prevent further break-ins, reducing local officer call outs.
  • Highfields Community Group was given £3,000 for the Highfields Workshop Project, which aims to reduce anti-social behaviour in the surrounding estate by encouraging people to take part in a community activity. They are able to learn new skills, increasing their personal development and employability skills, and opening up more career and job opportunities to them.
  • Lifeworks Staffordshire in Newcastle were awarded £2,000 to support its health and well-being club, which helps to prevent people being targeted because of their vulnerabilities and help them take the best paths in life. It also helps them to overcome the isolation often experienced by people with autism.
  • The Street Chaplains received £1,500 towards their work as a presence in the city centres of Newcastle and Hanley on weekend nights, bringing re-assurance, support and advice to people in need.
  • Biddulph Town Gladiators Lads and Dads Football U14s team, which is aimed at reducing anti-social behaviour by giving youngsters a place to play football and teach them teamwork skills, has been awarded £290 for the purchase of new equipment - after spending the previous season using water bottles as goalposts.

Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis said: "The Commissioner’s People Power Fund puts £300,000 back into local communities and is easy and simple to apply for.

"It’s about local ideas to sort out local issues like anti-social behaviour.

"f you’ve got a good idea, the People Power Fund may be able to help you achieve it."

People Power applications need to be sponsored by the group’s Neighbourhood Police Officer or PCSO and will initially be assessed by the local Community Safety Partnership.

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