PCC Sue Mountstevens with young people from the Crimestoppers What Would You Do? project
Final allocations of grant funding from Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens’ Community Action Fund takes the total awarded to communities across Avon and Somerset over the past three years to £600,000.
As the Community Action Fund comes to a close pending the PCC election in May, the final quarter of allocations saw over £81,000 awarded to 24 community groups and voluntary organisations across Avon and Somerset.
Projects supported by the latest round of funding included a young people’s engagement programme provided by Bristol Rovers Community Trust, a regeneration project by Somerset Art Works and the publication of a self-help guide for male and female victims of rape and sexual assault to be produced by Somerset and Avon Rape and Sexual Abuse Support (SARSAS).
PCC Sue Mountstevens said: “When I first launched the fund back in May 2013 at the Colston Hall, I never imagined the level of interest that we’ve seen. It’s been a privilege to be able to support such a variety of projects and initiatives which are clearly making a difference to the local communities of Avon and Somerset.
“Over the past three years we’ve received a wide variety of ideas and proposals from across the local authority areas of Avon and Somerset. Whether the projects have supported young people, focused on tackling anti-social behaviour or supporting victims each initiative is a valuable and worthy cause.
“It has also been a pleasure to have visited many of the projects supported by the fund and I will never forget visiting the flowers in St Andrews Park, meeting the young people involved in Crimestoppers What Would You Do? and finding out first-hand more about the work of the Taunton Street Pastors.”
Enabling communities to come together and tackle issues in their local area relating to the priorities set out in the Police and Crime Plan, the £200,000 annual grant has been funded by the PCC and administered by the Police Community Trust, of which the PCC is a Trustee.
Bea Salter, Chair of the Police Community Trust said: “The Trustees have had a very effective cooperation with the Commissioner for the past three years. Funds from her community action fund have been distributed to a wide range of interesting and deserving organisations.
“The initial proposal for the Trustees to work with the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office was viewed as a significant and beneficial opportunity for both parties. The vision was to provide small amounts of funding for local communities or groups to come together and tackle local issues in the community. It is encouraging to look back and see that this has largely been achieved.
“It is clear to me that people have a real desire to make a difference across Avon and Somerset. Whether it is mentoring young people, providing emotional and physical support for victims or innovative ways to tackle anti-social behaviour, people care about their communities.”
The Commissioner’s Community Action Fund is now closed for applications. However, there are other grants available including the Police Community Trust General Fund and the Police Community Trust Road Safety Grant. More information about this can be found here - www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/services/police-community-trust/
For general details about the Commissioner’s Community Action Fund and to see who has been supported over the past three years visit - www.avonandsomerset-pcc.gov.uk/Partnerships/Projects-supported-by-the-Fund.aspx
Posted on Wednesday 23rd March 2016