23 December 2020 PCC awards £57K to support crime reduction in the county Tim Passmore, Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner has announced the successful recipients of the latest wave of his PCC fund grants. Four local organisations will share over £57k 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 four 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.” Ormiston Families in Ipswich has received £15,325 to support children with a parent or carer in prison. This funding is ringfenced for children living in Suffolk and will support 35 children to improve their emotional well-being and resilience through the Breaking Barriers service. The Suffolk Lowland Search and Rescue service has been awarded £5,439 towards its core running costs. Suffolk Lowland Search and Rescue, normally referred to as SuLSAR, is a voluntary organisation which assists the emergency services find missing children and vulnerable adults. The Mix in Stowmarket were awarded £16,253 to help fund the detached youth work project ‘Open Out’ and extend the support to young people in Needham Market. This project will support the provision of youth workers who will engage with 1000 young people in the area on issues such as drug and alcohol use, sexual health and mental health concerns and help them to access further support and guidance. The YMCA in Ipswich received £20K to support their work with disadvantaged young people at risk of offending or criminal exploitation. This funding will support ‘Youth Ipswich’, a youth led project aimed at 13-18 years olds living in Ipswich to help them realise their full potential and raise their aspirations. 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. For more detail on grants please click here.