Funding boost helps local projects tackle crime
More than 90 applications were submitted for a share of the Fund, made available by the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne.
Local community groups, particularly those from the voluntary and community sector, were invited to submit bids for funding to support crime reduction and community safety initiatives.
Applications had to demonstrate support for the priorities set out in Mrs Bourne’s Police & Crime Plan. These include tackling antisocial behaviour and addressing community priorities such as drug and alcohol harm, as well as reducing reoffending and the impact of domestic abuse and hate crime.
Successful bidders joined Mrs Bourne at a special ‘Celebration Showcase’ event at her office in Lewes on 19 June for an official cheque presentation.
The Pan Sussex Mediation Alliance was one of the associations to receive funding. A grant award of £30,000 will support the service, which provides domestic, intergenerational and family mediation services across East Sussex, West Sussex and Brighton & Hove. The project bid, led by the West Sussex Mediation Service, will continue to provide voluntary dispute resolution to residents and communities across the county.
Peter Magness, Chair of West Sussex Mediation Service, said: “Over 600 community mediation referrals are serviced every year across Sussex. Mediation can help to assist in the prevention of crime and reduce the levels of crime and antisocial behaviour as well as addressing the fear of crime.
“We have all seen headlines where neighbourhood disputes have been allowed to escalate, sometimes resulting in tragedy but, even where it is used at a late stage, mediation can be successful.
“Where we engage with clients suffering dependencies of mental health issues we can also signpost them to other support agencies and services.
“The Pan Sussex Mediation Alliance provides a free community mediation service to all residents, regardless of their circumstances. It will ensure a consistent standard of services, in terms of quality and working practices, offered by four partner organisations across the county.
“Police staff are also offered suitable training on how to make appropriate referrals to mediation and how to encourage parties to take part, prior to any intervention.
“This service will reach out to all communities, regardless of their location, age, sexuality, ethnicity and financial means. It will benefit those who would otherwise be unable to pay for this kind of independent expertise who are looking to maintain positive neighbourly relationships without the need for statutory police involvement.”
Mrs Bourne said: “I am delighted with the initial response to the Fund. The sheer number of applications received reflects the huge number of local organisations and community groups who are committed to keeping Sussex safe.
“I will be closely following the progress of these projects over the coming months to monitor the real impact they are delivering for residents in Sussex.”
The next closing date for applications for the Safer in Sussex Community Fund is 30th June 2014. For more information about the scheme and how to apply visit: http://www.sussex-pcc.gov.uk/safer-in-sussex-community-fund/.
Photo caption: Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, with representatives from the local organisations receiving grants from the Safer in Sussex Community Fund.
About the Safer in Sussex Community Fund
The Safer in Sussex Community Fund helps local voluntary and community groups tackle crime and improve community safety by providing financial support to projects and services that address the priorities outlined in the Police and Crime Plan.
Awards of up to £5,000 will be granted for projects that meet the funding criteria following consideration by the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner and approval by the PCC. In exceptional circumstances the Commissioner will consider requests for funding above £5,000. Bids are considered, and funding is awarded, on a quarterly basis.
About The Pan Sussex Mediation Alliance
The Pan Sussex Mediation Alliance is the joint voice for community mediation across East and West Sussex and Brighton & Hove. It is supported by four independent community mediation services that operate across both counties;
Brighton & Hove Mediation Service, Hastings & Rother Mediation Service, Mediation Plus – Eastbourne & Wealden, and West Sussex Mediation Service.
A list of organisations that have been awarded grants from the Safer in Sussex Community Fund follows below:
|Name of Project||Organisation||Grant
|Pan-Sussex Mediation Service||West Sussex Mediation Service (lead
|SkillBuildingWorkshop for Youth||Yoyo Youth Club||£2,020.00|
|Live and Learn||Entertainment Workshops Ltd||£4,875.25|
|Knoll Community Association||Knoll Community Association||£1,300.00|
|Engaging the Disengaged||Youth Dream||£4,618.00|
|Project Unity||LittlehamptonTownWard & District Neighbourhood Watch Association||£4,318.00|
|BME Peer Education Project||RISE||£5,000.00|
|Extending Volunteering Opportunities in Rother||Rother Voluntary Action||£4,800.00|
|Aware||The Oyster Project||£4,900.00|
|Bourne Angels Coach Project||St John’sChurch||£5,000.00|
|From Our Experiences||Kivu Peace Initiative||£4,810.00|
|Seaford& Newlands Amateur Boxing Club||NewlandsSchool||£3,000.00|
|GlebeLandYouth Leisure Area||Findon Parish Council||£6,000.00|
|Seaview Accommodation Direct Access Project||Seaview Project||£5,000.00|
|Moving Up – Year 11 Transition||Haywards Heath Youth CIC||£1,480.00|
|Growing Forward||SussexWildlife Trust||£5,000.00|
|Littlehampton Sports field (replacement ball stop
|Littlehampton Sports field||£4,960.00|
|Cascade Creative Recovery||Cascade Creative Recovery||£5,000.00|
|Better Braybrooke Pocket Park||Better Braybrooke||£4,990.00|
|EastbourneYouth Radio||EastbourneEducation Business
|Sexual Violence Advocacy Volunteer Programme||Survivors’ Network||£4,990.00|
|Samaritans of Horsham andCrawleyAwareness
|Samaritans of Horsham andCrawley||£1,500.00|
|Equality Awareness in Schools||Diversity Lewes||£2,000.00|
|Littlehampton Café Bus Project||Littlehampton Café Bus Project||£4,125.00|
|Heathfield Works!||The Heathfield Partnership Trust Ltd||£5,000.00|
|Think Twice||SussexCommunity Development
|SussexPrisoners’ Families Family Court Support||SussexPrisoners Families||£5,000.00|
|Engage Project – Sompriti||Sompriti –SussexCommunity
|Report it! And Community Safety Awareness LGBT||Brighton & Hove LGBT Community
|Responding + (Respond Academy)||RespondAcademy||£5,000.00|
|Safe Start, Safe Future (Safety Net)||Safety Net||£8,000.00|
|CRUSH – Early Intervention Domestic Abuse Project||Worthing Women’s Aid (Safe inSussex)||£4,964.00|
|The Table Tennis Intervention Project||BrightonCityTable Tennis Club||£4,920.00|
|Open Access||Worthing Churches Homeless Projects||£1,115.00|
|The Community House||Worthing Homes||£5,000.00|
|EasthillParkCommunity Café and Training Project||Fresh StartSussex||£1,350.00|
|St James’ Community Action Group||St James’ Community Action Group||£2,010.00|
|Time with Horses||Equine Partners CIC||£4,982.00|
|Eastbourne StreetPastors||Prayer Centre||£5,000.00|
|Angling as a Crime Diversion||Mastersport and Play CIC||£3,000.00|
|Brightonfit Circus||Brightonfit Circus||£5,000.00|
|Billingshurst StreetPastors||Billingshurst StreetPastors||£1,000.00|
|Mocktail Apprentice||Horsham Matters Ltd||£5,000.00|
|East Grinstead StreetPastors||East Grinstead StreetPastors||£3,000.00|
|Area Safety and Security Community NHW project||Saltdean, Rottingdean & Ovingdean Neighbourhood Watch||£4,200.00|
|The Base Skate Park CIC||The Base Skate park||£5,000.00|
|EastbourneKicks Project||Albionin the Community||£5,000.00|
|Wadhurst NHW Security Transformation||Wadhurst Neighbourhood Watch||£1,000.00|
|HastingsSchoolHolidayFootball Tournament||Albionin the Community||£3,770.00|
|Safe as Houses – Burglary Prevention/after support||3VA (East SussexFire & Rescue Service Community Volunteer Scheme)||£4,987.03|
|Junior Neighbourhood Watch||EastbourneNeighbourhood Watch Association||£2,080.00|
|Albion Goals -East Worthing||Albionin the Community||£5,000.00|
|Eastbourne Kicks Project (East Brighton)||Albionin the Community||£5,000.00|
|Pathway to Coaching and Volunteering in Sport||HastingsBorough Council||£4,976.00|
|HastingsWild Things Youth Engagement RSPCA||RSPCA Mallydams Wood||£5,000.00|
|Brighton & Hove Business Crime Reduction Partnership -Hoveand Portslade||Brighton & Hove Business Crime Reduction Partnership||£5,000.00|
|Building a Positive Future||Counselling Plus||£1,500.00|
|Peer-to-peer Self-Employment Mentoring for Prisoners and ex-Offenders||EnterpriseExchange||£5,000.00|
|Arun Angels||Arun Angels||£5,000.00|