Posted on Friday 21st December

13 projects which support vulnerable people in Cheshire have been awarded funding by the county’s police and crime commissioner to help them make a difference in their community.

David Keane’s Safer Communities Fund supports local residents and communities to get involved in the prevention and reduction of crime in their area. Community groups or organisations can bid for up to £5,000 for projects which support crime prevention.

Projects which have benefitted from the latest round of Safer Communities funding include sports clubs which aim to tackle anti-social behaviour, community projects which aim to prevent social isolation, a project to help keep disabled adults safe, a prison radio station aiming to help prisoners gain new skills and confidence and a scheme to protect those with autism.

David said: “I’m pleased to have been able to award funding from my Safer Communities Fund to even more organisations which are working tirelessly to make Cheshire even safer.

“We’ve seen unprecedented interest in this year’s fund with a whole raft of applicants committed to delivering projects which prevent crime and anti-social behaviour or support victims and vulnerable people.

“This fund is about empowering local people, giving support to local projects and making our local communities safer. The support of our community partners and local people is helping police tackle issues at their root-cause.”

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A full list of the projects who have benefited from the Safer Communities Fund in this round are:

Central Cheshire Buddies Scheme – to deliver a project to help disabled adults in Crewe stay safe.
Village Life – to support them to run events at Castlefields Community Centre to reduce social isolation in the Halton Castle area.
Chester FC Community trust – to deliver a new project which uses football to tackle anti-social behaviour in the Upton and Newton areas of Chester.
Runcorn Shopping City - to furnish the new Runcorn Youth Zone which has recently been launched in the shopping centre and aims to reduce anti-social behaviour.
Cheshire Without Abuse – to support a domestic abuse survivor group to develop films to help other victims spot the signs of abuse.
Vikings Sports Foundation – to deliver their Engage project in Halton which uses sport as a means to break down barriers with young people locally.
The Wishing Well – to give young volunteers, who have engaged in anti-social behaviour in the past, ownership of a café in The George’s Community Centre in Crewe.
Warrington Beat Management – for their project to create a mascot to engage with children.
Age Concern Mid-Mersey – to deliver their Good Neighbour project in Halton which will help make the community safer by identifying and dealing with issues such as county lines and hate crime.
Queensberry Alternative Provision – to run their 12 Rounds programme in Northwich which addresses issues such as knife crime, criminal exploitation and anti-social behavior through a boxing club for young people
Warrington Armed Forces Hub – to support their bike recycling scheme for veterans which helps alleviate depression and social isolation.
Cheshire Autism Practical Support – to roll-out their Autism Attention Card to more people across Cheshire. The card flags an individuals’ diagnosis to emergency services so they can get the support they need.
Prison Radio Association – to allow them to create a radio studio in HMP Styal to help prisoners develop new skills.