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19th Dec 19
Seven Northamptonshire organisations – including two schools – are ending the year with a funding boost that will allow them to undertake projects that make their community safer, thanks to Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Stephen Mold.
Schemes that have benefitted from funding include a group for children and young people in Northampton, outreach work in the night time economy in Kettering; a crime awareness day in Rushden and road safety projects in Wellingborough, Sywell, Polebrook and Kettering.
These latest awards bring the total funding given through the Commissioner’s grant schemes in 2019 to almost £150,000 to 29 community groups.
There are three grant funds that are available to charities, community and other voluntary groups in Northamptonshire: The Making Northamptonshire Safer Fund for projects that support the aims of the Police and Crime Plan; the Northamptonshire Road Safety Community Fund for initiatives that support the strategic road safety Plan and aim to reduce behaviour such as speeding and anti-social road use; the newly introduced Small Grants Scheme, that will support projects with funding of between £500 and £3,000.
The Commissioner also manages the Tackling Hate Crime Fund, which offers grants of between £1,000 and £8,000.
Groups that have been awarded funding in December are:
Making Northamptonshire Safer Fund
Small Grants Fund
Road Safety Community Fund
Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Stephen Mold said: “It’s a tremendous privilege once again to be able to award grants to groups that are working in so many innovative ways to make their communities safer places to live.
“I’m always inspired by the hard work and creativity that voluntary groups put in to improving life in the county. I am looking forward to seeing how these projects benefit their local areas.”
Money for the grant schemes comes from a number of sources, including the fees paid by speeding motorists who attend a speed workshop.
Steve Fraher, Assistant Principal of Kettering Buccleuch Academy said:“We are very pleased to have received this funding towards our successful Silver ST:EPS programme, which is reducing congestion outside our school gates, improving our students’ road safety skills and encouraging more of them to walk and cycle to school. This grant will help us continue this vital work with Brightkidz and to act as champions for safe, active travel across our local community.”
Steph Pearle, Assistant Headteacher of All Saints CEVA said: “We are so pleased in being successful in receiving the funding to support us with developing the role of Road Safety Crew within All Saints. We have already made a start in raising awareness about road safety with the pupils, and the Road Safety Crew have already worked alongside Craig Blacha, PCSO, in developing their own expertise in Road Safety. The funding will enable us to purchase a range of signage and uniform for the Road Safety Crew. We wouldn’t be able to do this without the support from the Road Safety Community Fund.”
Applications for the next round of funding open on 2 January 2020 and closes at midday on 10 February 2020. Details are available at www.northantspfcc.org.uk
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The photgraph shows the team behind Corby Pubwatch ‘Safer Nights Project’, which was awarded a grant in November this year. The project aims to prevent incidents and help vulnerable people in the night time economy in Corby.
Chairman of Corby Pubwatch, Mick Willey said: “There are many reasons why people become vulnerable in the night time economy. They may have exceeded their alcohol limit and become very drunk, they may have taken drugs, or been spiked, been a victim of domestic abuse, they may have fallen foul of county lines drug dealers or may have mental health issues.”
“The ‘Safer Nights Project’ is a Corby Pubwatch initiative but alone we would have great difficulty in delivering it. With the funding we have been awarded from the Safer Northamptonshire Fund, we will be focusing on prevention, caring, informing and education to hopefully reduce the chances of people becoming vulnerable. We will also focus efforts on recognising those that are vulnerable and assist them at the time, or in some cases point them in a direction where they can seek help.”