PCC’s Fund recipients announced

Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Tim Passmore has announced the successful recipients of the latest wave of grants from his Police and Crime Commissioner Fund.

Four local organisations will share over £26,000 to fund various projects which contribute to reducing crime and disorder in the county.

Missing People, which reunites missing children and adults with their loved ones, received £8,526 towards a digital support service for young people aged 13 – 18 years to empower them to find a way out of exploitation, abuse, and coercive situations.

The River Church in Ipswich received £5,000 to support a football project. The funding to the ‘Bridge The Gap’ programme will benefit over 150 young people living in central Ipswich. The project connects young males with positive mentors and role-models, to support them make positive life decisions to avoid a life of crime.

A community art project run by Rock Paper Scissors Arts CIC received £4,995 to work with over 700 young people right across the county to create murals. Artwork produced by the young people will be displayed in local areas which have high incidences of anti-social behaviour. The murals reclaim areas such as alleyways to reduce crime, anti-social behaviour and specifically discourage drug use/dealing.

A church in Whitehouse, Ipswich received £5,000 towards a weekly youth provision for young people aged 11 – 19 years in the Whitehouse area of Ipswich. The aim of the youth provision is to provide a safe space where young people can relax, enjoy an evening meal, do homework and learn new skills. The provision aims to help those at risk of offending/exploitation to stay off the streets which in turn will have a positive impact on the surrounding community.

Tim Passmore said, “Commissioning services to support the Constabulary in its work and reduce demand, is an important element of my role as Police and Crime Commissioner.
“I am absolutely delighted to be able to support these local organisations in their valuable work through my PCC fund. We rely very heavily on the support of voluntary and community organisations, and I am indebted to them for their commitment and enthusiasm.

“I truly believe that without the support of organisations such as these we would be a much poorer society.”

The Grant panel, which considers applications, includes a representative of the PCC’s team, a representative from Suffolk Community Foundation and the Chairs of the local Community Safety Partnerships. The Panel is chaired by the PCC who is responsible for final determination of each award.

Detail of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Fund.