PCC announces £113k PCC Fund recipients

Tim Passmore, Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner has announced the successful recipients of the latest wave of his PCC Fund grants. Eight local organisations will share over £113k to fund various projects which contribute to reducing crime and disorder in the county or help victims or witnesses.

Tim Passmore said, “Commissioning services to support the work of the Constabulary 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. We rely very heavily on the support of voluntary and community organisations and we are 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 Bridge Project in Sudbury received £4,200 towards ‘Keeping Safe’ workshops for 42 adults with learning disabilities or autism. The workshops cover a range of topics, including how victims can report a crime.

Inspire Suffolk has been awarded £19,196 to help support and expand youth provision in the Whitton area of Lowestoft. Vulnerable young people are supported through sport sessions, counselling and awareness-raising workshops to help reduce crime and disorder. The funding is expected to support up to 500 young people.

The Porch Project will receive £38k over two years to help fund their youth workers’ salaries. Working across Hadleigh, Sudbury, Great Cornard and the surrounding areas, the detached youth workers will facilitate sessions educating, informing and supporting vulnerable young people, providing a safe space for 250 young people.

The Selig Trust received £6,000 towards the ‘Springboard to Employment’ programme. Intensive one-to-one support covering life skills, interview techniques and budgeting will help support 12 homeless individuals into a more independent, crime-free life.

Solo Housing Ltd received £ £19,806 towards the support worker’s salary and other associated costs. Solo Housing provides intensive support for women in contact with the criminal justice system, including mentoring, and support into employment. The funding is expected to support three women.

The Suffolk Chinese Family Welfare Association successfully bid for £4,260 towards a Support Worker to provide on-to-one support to victims of crime within the Chinese community. Monthly training and awareness-raising sessions, which are community led or in partnership with other agencies, will support 300 beneficiaries.

Suffolk Refugee Support will receive £40k over two years to support the organisation’s work to reduce crime, vulnerability to crime, protect communities and improve criminal justice outcomes among settled refugees and asylum seekers in Suffolk. The project will have a particular focus on women and families and include online safety sessions for young people on gangs, drug misuse and other harmful behaviours. The funding will support 350 beneficiaries.

Suffolk Young People’s Health Project received £19,987 towards the delivery of their detached youth work in areas of deprivation in Ipswich. The detached youth workers provide guidance and educational support on safety, crime prevention and anti-social behaviour to help young people make the right choices. The project will create a youth-led safe space for up to 220 young people in the Gainsborough, Chantry and Priory Heath areas.

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

A key part of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s role is to commission services that support the Constabulary in its work, and/or reduce demand.

Detail of the PCC’s grants.