New funding boost to help keep Sussex safer

10/01/2018

Fourteen local organisations supporting community safety have been awarded Safer in Sussex funding totalling more than £68,000.

The Community Safety Fund, established by Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) Katy Bourne, awards grants of up to £5,000 for groups that provide a positive and lasting impact on the local community.

To qualify, projects have to show how they will increase or promote community safety within the local community and have a positive long-term impact. They should also be able to offer evidence to show how it helps to prevent offending and reduce re-offending.

In the latest round of funding, a number of schemes which focused on young people as well as ex-offenders received support including:

• Re-link, a one-to-one mentored literacy programme to support the rehabilitation of ex-offenders, run by The Bridge Community Education Centre in Moulsecoomb, Brighton
• Platform-9, a scheme by the Newhaven Young People’s Forum to work with young people who are carrying out anti-social behaviour in Newhaven, Peacehaven and Seaford
• The Crawley Brunch Club, a new initiative aimed at resettling ex-offenders into the community in partnership with the West Sussex Resettlement Team of the Kent Surrey & Sussex Community Rehabilitation Company
• The Hangleton and Knoll Project's Aiming High programme in Mile Oak, Brighton, which plans to work with 40 young people a week addressing issues of anti-social behaviour and substance and alcohol misuse

“Embedding programmes for ex-offenders into a diverse and inclusive community setting offers a natural opportunity to encourage social cohesion,” says Julia Blagbrough, from The Bridge Community Education Centre in Lucraft Road, Brighton.

“By providing a supported, bespoke service targeted to individual needs, ex-offenders can experience progress, learn skills and improve their communication, gaining confidence and self-esteem.”

Lucy Hill, from Newhaven Young People's Forum, says: “This funding will enable us to train young volunteers to become role models and challenge the anti-social behaviour at the core of the issue as well as helping us to gain a broader understanding on the impact of anti-social behaviour on young communities and the hot spots in Peacehaven, Newhaven and Seaford.

“We plan to run weekly workshops for targeted groups of young people to increase awareness, target negative behaviours and tackle the underlying issues as well as equipping them with the knowledge of how their behaviour affects others and offering them an alternative to negative activities.”

Other organisations which have received grants from the PCC's Community Safety Fund include Yada, a Worthing-based outreach service for women in the sex industry, the Sussex branch of the National Autistic Society for its Ditch the Bully campaign and 4x4 Assist which helps the emergency services and communities in Sussex.

“Since launching the Safer in Sussex funding scheme in December 2013, more than £1.3m has been allocated to support over 250 crime reduction and community safety initiatives in the county,” says Mrs Bourne.

"The calibre of applicants for this latest round of funding was incredibly high and I look forward to visiting these organisations and following the progress of their projects over the coming months."

Applications for Safer in Sussex funding are accepted three times a year. he next window opens on Monday 8 January 2018 and will close on Friday 9 February 2018.

For further information, please www.sussex-pcc.gov.uk/apply-for-funding

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