Youth workers and community safety volunteers became the toast of Derbyshire during a special celebration event marking the release of more than £226,000 of crime prevention funding.
Bondholder Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa invited the recipients of his latest Community Action Grant funding to Police HQ in Ripley in gratitude for their dedication and passion in protecting vulnerable people and helping offenders turn their backs on crime.
The Commissioner highly values the input of community organisations to keep Derbyshire safe and supports a vast range of projects to help him achieve the ambitions set out in his Police and Crime Plan.
“These charities and projects are supporting people through a host of complex problems including addiction, domestic abuse, lack of opportunity and social exclusion to break the cycle of offending in the long term,” he said.
The PCC has recently released almost £227,000 in grants for 2019-20 which is being shared among 19 organisations.
Representatives from the successful projects were invited to a special celebration event to be congratulated for their work and vision by the PCC and members of his team.
“I am immensely proud of the difference our community organisations are making to cut crime,” said Mr Dhindsa.
“We have a proven track record of helping people to tackle a wide range of problems so they are more resilient in a crisis. This is the most effective and responsible way of keeping our communities safe and I’ve seen the results first-hand.
“A wealth of new and innovative projects have received funding this year and it was a pleasure to meet the volunteers and managers behind them. It’s important to me they understand the value they bring to public safety and feel part of a united team helping to deliver permanent change to our residents and communities.
“I’m looking forward to reporting their progress in the near future.”
Bondholder Artcore received £2,500 towards roller shutters to protect the building and prevent street drinkers from congregating in the entrance and car park space.
For more information on applying for grants visit: https://www.derbyshire-pcc.gov.uk/Finance-and-Grants/Grants/Crime-Prevention-Grants.aspx