Making a Real Difference – PCC Awards £227, 478 to Community Projects Since the Start of the Pandemic
The Community Covid19 Recovery Fund and Property Fund re-invests money seized from criminal behaviour and over the last year, Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Peter McCall has awarded £227, 478 helping to make a real difference in our local communities in our fight against crime.
ll comments: “Re-distributing money that has come from the ill-gotten gains of criminals can only be a good thing and since the start of the pandemic, the Community Covid19 Recovery Fund and Property Fund grants have provided excellent opportunities for community activities and local charities to put the money where it is needed most and have the biggest impact.
“This year has been tough on so many people, for so many different reasons and I am delighted that we awarded £227, 478 of funding back into community projects and activities.
“Early on in the year, we adapted the fund into the Community Covid19 Recovery Fund to help local charities and voluntary community groups to financially manage the new issues which were arising in light of the Covid19 pandemic.
“Such activities are often led by an enthusiastic army of volunteers and their resilience and ability to carry on and help others, regardless of restrictions or lockdowns, has been truly heartwarming to witness in the last 12 months, and another reason why Cumbria communities are some of the safest and most kind spirited places to live in the country.
“The latest round of the Property fund concentrated on supporting projects that engage in community initiatives and interventions for people with mental health problems that may have arisen since the start of the pandemic. We received numerous and innovative applications, which indicates the local need for such projects at this time.
“Some examples of awards in the South of the county include Well Minds in Kendal; a 12 week wellbeing programme for young people (16 to 18yrs) with the skills and experience they need to improve their own wellbeing, supporting Manna House to deliver staff and volunteers mental health training and the Drop Zone’s project providing mental health support to young people aged under 18 in the Furness area.
“Other projects awarded in the South during 2020 include Impact Housing Young People’s Association Service have been putting together ‘Hug in a Bag’ packs of essential items for homeless people aged 16-24, in Kendal the Gateway Church have led an outreach programme with neighbourhood volunteer chaplains and the Bay Trust Radio purchased software to allow presenters to broadcast from home.
“Some examples of awards in the North of the county include the Farming Community Network supporting outreach and mental health training workshops to Young Farmers Clubs and Samaritans Carlisle, to support additional recruitment and training of listening service volunteers due to an increase in calls to the service.
“Other projects awarded in the North during 2020 include People First who received funding that enabled them to create a socially distanced Covid19 compliant counselling space and Carlsile Key who adapted their premises so that young homeless people could access support and advice. Age UK Carlisle and Eden recruited additional help to support vulnerable older people and Penrith Pumas WRC purchased 2 bespoke wheelchairs for wheelchair rugby.
“In the West of the county for example, Around the Combe HWB Alliance volunteers have been helping vulnerable local people with meals, shopping and prescription collection and Bookwell Primary School in Egremont purchased road safety banners, pavement signs, traffic lights and safety tabards. Allerdale Girls FC purchased additional non-contact thermometers and first aid and Brampton and Solway Network Youth Churches received funding to assist with youth outreach work over the summer.”
T/Chief Superintendent Rob O’Connor, Cumbria Constabulary, said: “It is pleasing to see that money generated and seized from those who commit crime is redistributed into very worthwhile initiatives within our communities.
“The efforts by community groups not only assist the Constabulary’s efforts to keep people safe, they also make a significant contribution to improving the quality of life for people across the county.”
The public are invited to apply for up to £2,500 from the Property Fund to help support projects that engage in community initiatives and interventions to reduce crime. Application details and deadline are outlined on PCC website www.cumbria-pcc.gov.uk
Community Covid19 Recovery Fund
Growing Well, Kendal activities/support to vulnerable people
Barrow Raiders Deliver Raiders on the Road – Advantage! to groups of young people after school
Gateway Church Advertising, project lead and volunteer expenses for neighbourhood chaplains in Kendal
CANDOFM Media campaign (video/audio interviews) opportunities for young people to get involved in broadcasting.
Resource Creatives Young people and knife crime
Bay Trust Radio Radio software to allow presenters to broadcast from home
Signal Film and Media Support activity packages for young people
Around the Combe HWB Alliance Volunteers helping the vulnerable with meals, shopping, prescription collection, welfare checks.
Cowran Training Support worker
SAFA Self harm support group, develop online toolbox of resources
Right2Work CIC Skills based training for young people who are beginning to disengage with school/college
Milnthorpe Family Centre Holiday club
Drop Zone Youth Projects Supporting young people
Hindpool Tigers First aid kit and rugby training equipment
Drop Zone Furness Mental health support for under 18s
Jigsaw, Kendal Community garden project
Well Minds, Kendal 12-week wellbeing programme for 16-18 yrs.
Community Solutions, Ullverston face to face/online support group equipment
Autus Cumbria, Kendal social group support 17-25yr old with Autism
Manna House, Kendal mental health training for staff and volunteers
CADAS dangers of drink/drug driving for young drivers
Anti-racist Cumbria support young people from protected groups and encourage them to become peer mentors
Walney Churches Scout Group digital zoom membership, sanitising equipment, clipboards.
Impact Housing Young People’s Service Hug in a bag. Essential items for homeless people 16-24
Community Covid19 Recovery Fund
Whitehaven Harbour Youth Project Laptops, screens and gaming consoles to allow the virtual youth club to continue
South Workington Youth Partnership Community support for families
Cumbria Youth Alliance Better outcomes for young people in the care system
Samaritans of West Cumbria Recruitment of volunteers
Brampton/Solway Network Youth Churches Youth outreach work
St John’s Methodist Church Holiday club
Time to Share Bereavement Services 8-week course to support bereaved children and families in Copeland
Beginning Again Supervised opportunities for offenders, ex-offenders and those at risk of offending to gain outdoors work experience.
Cockermouth Junior Football folding goals, footballs, bibs and training equipment to enable to minimize sharing
Calvert Trust Funding will be used to support core staffing and operating costs for charity working with 3,584 people with disabilities
1st Hensingham Scout Group. outdoor equipment such as lighting that will allow for sessions to continue under current restrictions and social distancing rules.
Autism support Allerdale + Copeland Workshops around challenging behaviour, sleep patterns and self-harming. Offer workshops out to schools
Millom Junior Football the renewal of equipment for football club
Wath Brow Hornets Contribution towards mower for rugby club
Egremont Youth Partnership Detached youth work
Millom Recreation Centre Splat mat, beginner’s soft springboard, foam springboard
Jericho Primary School Road Safety: banners and standalone signs, Road Safety Play
St James C of E infant and Nursery School Traffic cones and ‘No Parking’ banners
Bookwell Primary School Banner, Pavement signs, Flying Flag, Traffic Lights, Safety Tabards
St Gregory + St Patrick’s Infant School ‘Think’ Banner, Activity Set, Traffic Lights
Moresby Primary School No waiting cones, Safety Banner, Safety Set
St Mary’s School Kells Safety Activity Set, Traffic lights, Traffic Sign
Bransty School No Waiting Traffic Cones, No Parking Banner
Hensingham School Signs for gates, Crossing in car park, Hi-Vis equipment for children, Road Safety Training
Montreal School Road Safety, cycling helmets, reflective lights, no parking cones, banner
Allerdale Girls FC Additional footballs, non-contact thermometers, first aid, new match kits, pair of aluminum weighted goals.
Thornhill Primary focuses on bullying, inappropriate online gaming/social media.
Community Covid19 Recovery Fund
Appleby Deanery Synod Provision for rural youth club to purchase projector screen, PS 4 games, crafts and activity items
CHOFHS Youth Group Equipment for youth group, crafts, sports equipment and camping
Carlisle MENCAP mate and hate crime, exploitation, online sexual abuse, theft and fraud support
Dalston Bowling Club air conditioning units in response to Covid-19
Penrith Pumas WRC 2 bespoke wheelchairs for wheelchair rugby
Carlisle Key Counselling space for young homeless people (16-25yr old)
Happy Hooves RDA Equine Facilitated Coaching and Wellbeing sessions for referred people.
Carlisle Refugee Action Group Assisting refugees to pass their UK driving test
People First Adapting counselling services due to Covid
CADAS Staff to deliver drug/alcohol recovery support
Triple A Project (All About Autism) Adaptation of project delivery for autistic
Carlisle Youth Zone Community based youth work support for 10-15-year old
Spiral Support victims of bullying
Penrith Cricket Club Contribution towards Fairway mower
Age UK Carlisle and Eden To help and support vulnerable older people throughout Covid and into the recovery period
Samaritans Carlisle recruitment/training for listening volunteers
Farming Community Network Outreach mental health training for Young Farmers Clubs
Pride in North Cumbria pantomime – equipment hire, promotion volunteer expenses
The Cumberland Ability Counts League Subsidising coaching and refereeing courses, values shield and rewards
Arden Explorer Scouts Uniform, badges, tents, rucksacks, expedition equipment, maps, stoves