PROJECTS to help keep communities safe and protect the vulnerable are among schemes in Warwickshire being given a £2.25million boost by the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe.
Projects to help victims of domestic abuse and their families receive the largest share of the funding pot, in recognition of increases expected during lockdown.
The Family Intervention Counselling Service has been awarded more than £120,000 for a range of initiatives aimed at supporting victims of domestic abuse and stalking, as well as programmes aimed at perpetrators, while Insight Counselling is being given a £12,500 in recognition of the additional casework it will be supporting over the next six months from people suffering domestic abuse.
Schemes boosting the safety of the county’s roads also feature among those awarded, in line with the commissioner’s ambition to reduce the numbers of people killed and serious injured in collisions each year. These include schemes promoting safe cycling and motorcycle riding, new ‘Safe Road User’ awards for schoolchildren, as well as more general road safety promotional activities.
There is also funding support for the work of the commissioner’s cyber crime, rural crime and business crime advisors, alongside youth schemes and smaller awards to community organisations, including Neighbourhood Watch groups.
Mr Seccombe said: ““I wanted to make sure that there would be no uncertainty for those organisations, particularly for those who have found that other funding streams have been affected by the current crisis. It is especially important that those organisations working with the most vulnerable in society can continue their work at this time as it is needed more than ever.
“My overall message to the vulnerable and victims of crime is that support services are continuing to be funded and are operating well throughout the Covid-19 crisis, so please do continue to seek their help when you need it.”
Visit www.warwickshire-pcc.gov.uk/grants-awarded-2020-21/ for a full list of all the grants-awarded.
Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe has awarded grants of £2.25million to help keep communities safe and protect the vulnerable.