Posted: Wednesday 11th January 2017
As the Police Community Trust Assistant, it is my job to administer all of the funds that the Police Community Trust hold and are responsible for. There are three main funds that I look after; these are the Commissioner’s Community Action Fund (CCAF), the Road Safety Fund and the General Fund. On a daily basis, we receive applications for each of the funds and I am responsible for monitoring, preparing and making sure all of the information we need is there, so the application can be put to the Trustees at one of their regular meetings.
For those who aren’t familiar with the funds, the CCAF offers grants of up to £3,000 for local community groups and voluntary organisations to fund initiatives that support the priorities in Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens’ Police and Crime Plan. The Road Safety Fund offers grants of up to £5,000 for initiatives that make the roads of Avon and Somerset a safer place for all who use them. The General Fund offers grants of up to £1,000 for schemes that work towards tackling crime and the fear of crime.
Throughout the year, the Police Community Trust receives numerous applications for each of the funds. Some of the submissions we’ve received include requests for football kits for local clubs to give young people an alternative activity away from a life of anti-social behaviour, funding for a range of summer projects run by the local community and support for services working with victims of crime. Each of the funds has a set of guidelines which states what the Trust funds and what it will not. We would encourage anyone thinking of applying, to consider all of our funds as the Trustees like to help as many projects as they can.
As and when we receive applications I begin preparing them for the next Trust quarterly meeting. We have a Board of 12 Trustees in Avon and Somerset, which are made up of a selection of individuals HM Lord Lieutenants, local people and representatives of the Police Federation. At these meetings, the Trustees come together to discuss the applications before making a decision on which applications will be awarded funding. Details of when these meetings take place can be found on our website www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/pct
As well as these three funds, the Police Community Trust also offers Hi-Vis jackets to primary schools within the Avon and Somerset force area. Schools can have up to 100 children’s and five adult jackets for free, to use for children who walk to school and for in-school day trips. If you’re a local school and would be interested in these jackets, please contact your local policing team and ask how you get some!
The Trust also supports the Bobby Van Scheme. The Bobby Van Scheme is carried out by Crime Reduction Carpenters who attend the houses of elderly residents, who have been or are at risk of burglary. They also attend the houses of men and women who are at risk of domestic abuse. The carpenters fit locks onto windows and doors, making them more secure and at less risk of break-ins.
We know that the Bobby Van Scheme really makes a different to our communities with one resident supported by the scheme, contacting us saying: “I’m writing to say a massive thank you for helping me change my locks and making me and my children feel safe again. Finding the strength to report domestic violence wasn’t easy but the support and kindness I’ve had from everyone along the way has helped me’.
I hope this brief blog gives you a better insight into the work of the Police Community Trust. The Trustees welcome all applications for consideration, so if you have a project that you think fits the criteria of any of our funds, please visit our website and start filing out an application now! www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/pct
Police Community Trust Assistant