Communities across Avon and Somerset will benefit from over £1.8 million this year after funding was awarded by Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens to local projects and initiatives.
The money will be spent on community safety activities which support the Commissioner’s approach as set out in her refreshed Police and Crime Plan. It’s given to local authorities to who ensure that it is spent appropriately on projects working in their areas.
This year funding will help restorative justice work in Bristol and provide support for victims of domestic abuse in Bath and North East Somerset (BaNES). A Somerset-based project, Children Affected by Parental Offending Project, is also one of the initiatives to be supported.
Youth Offending Teams across Bristol, BaNES, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset and Somerset will also be helped in delivering substance misuse and restorative justice services to young people, with the aim of reducing offending.
Somerset and Avon Rape and Sexual Assault Service (SARSAS), an Appropriate Adults Scheme, Sexual Assault Referral Centre and a Drug and Alcohol Arrest Referral Service, who all provide support for victims Avon and Somerset wide, will also receive funding as part of the £1.8m grant.
Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: "There is such great work taking place across Avon and Somerset by Community Safety Partnerships. I am delighted not only to be able to support them, but to be able to work with them to achieve the best outcomes for our local communities.
"Projects awarded community safety grants this year really focus on the Police and Crime priorities which in turn help those local people and victims who require it the most. I’m confident the funding will enable our partners to continue with their crucial work in tackling the issues that are affecting their local areas."
Sue will continue to work closely with local community safety partners to ensure the fund helps local agencies to work together to protect vulnerable people, provide better services for communities and limit the impact of tightening budgets.
Ms Mountstevens continued: "We all have and are working towards the same aim, to keep our local communities safe and feeling safe."
The grants will be paid to local authorities to commission work through Community Safety Partnerships, Youth Offending Teams and Drug and Alcohol Actions Teams. All of the grants awarded by the PCC for 2015/16 can be viewed here.
The Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Plan and each of the local Plans outlining the PCC’s priorities can be viewed here.
Posted on Wednesday 13th May 2015