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Funding Application - Stockton Refugee Week
The Teesside Uganda Community (TUC) is a non-political, non-religious and non-profit organisation. It aims to bring Ugandans living in the Teesside area together as a community and to provide a platform where they can promote social, cultural and economic activities by working together and making positive contributions to local communities.
During Refugee Week, people from around the world will be celebrating ‘different pasts and a shared future’ to create a better understanding between different communities and to encourage successful integration, enabling refugees to live in safety and continue making a valuable contribution. This year marks the 20th anniversary therefore it is significant that as residents of Stockton the TUC celebrate and provide an important opportunity for asylum seekers and refugees to be seen, listened to and valued. The TUC is hosting a number of events aimed at providing information which educates and raises awareness of refugee experiences and showcases the talent and expertise that refugees bring with them to the UK.
To help delivery these events, they requested funding from the PCC to contribute to transport and catering costs, venue hire and also to support delivery of dance, fashion, drumming and craft workshops all of which will promote community cohesion.
The workshops provide a platform to celebrate culture, share knowledge and promote integration. It contributes to the economic and cultural diversity in the Tees Valley by helping to improve dialogue and understanding of communities and supports the PCC's objective of Securing the Future of our Communities.
Funding - Make West View Welcoming Project
West View Project (WVP) seeks to improve the lives and lifestyle choices of disadvantaged children in Hartlepool. They offer a safe space within the community, holding youth clubs up to five nights per week as well as regular outdoors activities and summer play schemes. They also work with families, promoting the healthy emotional and mental resilience and development of the family and strengthening the bond between its members.
The local community in West View has recently experienced a number of racially aggravated incidents as well as antisocial behaviour problems. The WVP are working closely with West View Primary School to deliver a programme of activity focussing upon risky behaviours and the impact of these on individuals.
The WVP have requested funding to expand the delivery of their programme which will be delivered in age appropriate sessions to 5-7 year olds, 8-11s and 12-19s. The group work will be delivered over six weeks with 36 sessions in total. The funding will cover refreshments, volunteer expenses and resources for all the sessions.
This project supports the PCC's objectives of Working Together to Make Cleveland Safer and Securing the Future of our Communities.
Redcar Beacons is a 'Street Angels' project and is part of the Christian Nightlife Initiative network. The Beacons are a local community group reliant upon volunteers. The project provides a caring presence in Redcar Town Centre on Friday and/or Saturday nights between 10pm and 3am, during the night time economy period when members of the public may become vulnerable and in need of help.
The group have applied for funding from the Police Property Act Fund to purchase 20 coats for volunteer use and a contribution towards admin costs which includes a mobile phone.
This funding supports the PCC's objective of Working Together to Make Cleveland Safer.