Almost £54k of bids were successful in the award of serious violence community funding.
This represents a small over-spend on the budget of £50k, which can be absorbed within the overall budget.
The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Steve Turner launched the Serious Violence Community Fund in June 2021.
He welcomed bids for short-term funding from community projects, which had the purpose of engaging, building aspiration and/or creating positive activities for young people (to the age of 25.)
The following bids were successful:
The Chris Cave Foundation (CCF) – £25,000
Funding has been awarded to deliver point 7 training across Cleveland. It will also increase support
and referrals for young people to ensure that they don’t become involved in serious violence and knife crime
Crimestoppers, Fearless service -£10,071.60
Specifically aimed at young people, the Fearless service works to educate and empower young people by increasing their awareness of crime and criminality.
Crimestoppers seeks to guide young people who may be on the cusp of criminality to reduce the likelihood of them becoming involved in activity, which harms others and limits their own life chances.
Uniquely, young people can also pass on crime information to Fearless.org, which is 100% anonymous and safe.
Community Ventures (CVL) – £11,003
Funding has been awarded to continue the ongoing development/deliver of the weekly pilot
project “Boys in Blue.”
The project is a Boro initiative created/supported by Cleveland Police to raise aspirations, build confidence and resilience.
It also helps to improve relationships between police and young people by creating/providing opportunities for young boys at risk of becoming involved in violence quickly and early.
Element One CIC – £7,500
Skivers school project was inspired by Her Majesty’s Prison Service (HMPS), inmates and staff.
The project for young people will combine ‘first contact’ listening and signposting skills with positive activity in localised communities to create a network of young listeners across Stockton.
Crucially, it will also include — by sharing the stories, (as appropriate) of Prison Listeners – tales about the consequences of crime and serious violence. This will be specifically in relation to drugs and County Lines, knife and hate crime.