Commissioner's cash boost for refuge

By a County Press reporter

Tuesday, April 1, 2014


THE ISLE of Wight Women’s Refuge was one of the main beneficiaries of the latest round of funding from Police and Crime Commissioner Simon Hayes who has distributed £2.3 million to local projects.

The projects are aimed at reducing crime and supporting victims and several Island projects have received funding.

The largest amount, of more than £58,000, went to the Isle of Wight Women’s Refuge.

There was a £5,000 grant for West Wight Sports Centre's sports and youth project, the Isle of Wight Young Chamber received £22,500; the Isle of Wight Domestic Abuse Forum £21,148 and the Blue Lamp Trust will get £1,000 for the Isle of Wight bobby scheme which provides support to victims of crime.

The fire service also received £9,442 for its Local Intervention Fire Education (LIFE) courses for young people.

The Isle of Wight Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) will get £8,000 for tackling child sexual exploitation and charity the UKSA will receive £20,000 for Breakaway, its programme of watersports for young people who have been involved in crime.

A further £21,388 goes to the Isle of Wight Youth Offending Team for its youth crime prevention work.

The funding was awarded partly on ability to respond to the PCC's commissioning plan.

Mr Hayes said: "As a result of the commissioning plan, I am optimistic that a greater focus and investment in partnership working will protect people and places by preventing crime and ensuring the experiences of victims and witnesses are acknowledged and acted upon."


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