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Crime fighting cash for Isle of Wight projects

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 14:36

ISLE of Wight organisations have received a share of £231,950 to help make a difference to peoples' lives on the Island.
The money has come from Police and Crime Commissioner, Michael Lane, as part of the Commissioner’s Safer Communities Fund.
The fund aims to help prevent offending and supports victims.
In the latest funding round the commissioner received 148 applications totalling £4,649,936, exceeding the amount of funding available. A total of £1.75 million has been handed out across the region.
Organisations that benefited from the cash include:
• Wight Dash — for the delivery of play therapy to children who have experienced/witnessed domestic abuse
• Revive Newport — to support young people with a range of activities and support services through the Newport Youth Café
• Age UK — for its project to enable older LGBTQ+ victims of homophobic hate crime/domestic abuse to feel protected and supported
• Isle of Wight Trading Standards for its Isle of Wight against Scams Partnership
Mr Lane said: "I was delighted to receive such a high number of bids for funding, and to see the wide range of worthwhile projects and services that are either already available or proposed.
"Through this process I have seen the dedication that these organisations have to making a difference to the lives of the people they support.
"Due to the high level and quality of bids received it was essential that my decision was centred on which services or projects would best meet the local needs of victims and offenders, avoid duplication and be sustainable.
"While I am unable to offer financial support to some of the projects that applied for funding I deeply value the contribution they are making, and will be exploring alternative ways I can work with them to help make our communities safer."

 


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