PCC funding helping vulnerable young people

Wednesday, 12th August 2015

A TAMWORTH housing association has been given £2,750 from the Police and Crime Commissioner’s People Power Fund to help keep young people safe.

Tamworth Cornerstone Housing Association has been awarded the funding so they can install CCTV cameras around the grounds to ensure that crime is reduced on the site.

The housing offers 32 vulnerable homeless young people aged 16 to 25 a chance to gain life skills such as living independently, managing finances and job hunting. The security will help to make sure the young people are safe and not involved in crime.

As part of his commitment to local communities, the Commissioner is providing £500,000 in 2015/16 through the People Power Fund in the form of grants of between £100 and £3,000.

The fund is supporting locally-driven community safety activities in local areas throughout Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

Mr Ellis said: “I am pleased to have helped Tamworth Cornerstone Housing Association as it is an amazing scheme which helps young people back on the right path.

“The staff do a great job at ensuing the youngsters gain valuable life skills so they can live independently. It also helps to tackle the causes of anti-social behaviour as these young people have somewhere they can live.”

Stephanie Hood, Chief Executive Offer, said: “The funding from the Police and Crime Commissioner has been invaluable in keeping our vulnerable young people safe and reducing crime on site.

“Our upgraded CCTV system has helped us to deal with issues before they have become real problems. Tamworth Cornerstone Housing Association are very grateful for the support.”

The People Power Fund is one part of £2.5 million of Commissioner’s Community Funding for 2014/15.  The Commissioner’s Locality Deal Fund has allocated money to local areas through working in partnership with local district and borough councils. Meanwhile, the

Commissioner’s Proceeds of Crime Fund is seeing 100 per cent of funding received by Staffordshire Police going back into local communities, through grants of between £3,000 and £15,000.

It is made up of money seized from criminals as Staffordshire Police continue to strip offenders of their assets. Successful projects in all three funding streams will deliver what’s important to local people based on the four priorities set out in the Commissioner’s Safer, Fairer, United Communities Strategy – tackling the root causes of crime through early intervention, supporting victims and witnesses better, reducing reoffending and increasing public confidence.