Grants Awarded 2016

More than 12,000 young people will be able to join projects which help to keep them away from dangerous activities this Halloween and Bonfire Night, thanks to funding raised by the police from the sale of stolen goods.

October 2016

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner has awarded more than £45,000 to 22 different youth initiatives which will run over the autumn half term with the aim of diverting young people away from getting involved in anti-social or criminal behaviour.

Jane Kennedy has awarded the grants from her Police Property Act (PPA) Fund, which puts money raised through the sale of unclaimed stolen goods or property recovered by the police that cannot be returned to its owners into worthwhile causes.

This is the third year the Commissioner has used the money to focus on keeping communities safe during one of the busiest times of the year for the police.

The awards are designed to give a vital cash boost to organisations that are making a difference in their communities by reducing crime and anti-social behaviour, supporting victims of crime or making neighbourhoods safer places to live.

Jane said: “Halloween and Bonfire Night are a time of fun and celebration for many people across Merseyside.

“Sadly, though it is also a time when sometimes the fun can get out of hand and lead to young people getting involved in behaviour which can become anti-social, intimidating or even dangerous to other members of the community. This means that historically it is often a very busy period for both Merseyside Police and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service.

“By funding these youth projects across Merseyside, my aim is to help thousands of young people enjoy the festivities in a safe and enjoyable way at organised and well managed events. This will help to ensure they don’t get involved in any activities that could either put them in danger or that they may regret in the future.

“This will also help to relieve the strain on our emergency services during this critical period, complementing the excellent diversionary work the police and fire service already carry out and making sure people can enjoy the celebrations during the holiday season.”

A total of 68 applications were received for the funding, amounting to requests for nearly £250,000. The bids were reviewed by a panel from the Commissioner’s office and the Community Foundation for Merseyside, who manage the fund on the PCC’s behalf. As a result, nine organisations in Liverpool and five in Knowsley will receive funding, with three initiatives in both St Helens and Wirral benefitting and two in Sefton.

Among the successful organisations was Family Voices which received £3,000 to run its Phoenix Night youth diversion projects for up to 3,000 young people which includes a fun fair, DJing, breaking and urban arts workshops in the Knowsley area. In Liverpool, Rice Lane City Farm received a grant of £2,000 to work with young people to run a community bonfire and firework display for up to 2,300 people, while in Sefton up to 5,000 young people will be able to join a series of ‘Sporting Lights’ event run by the Friends of Alexandra and Coronation Park offering zorbing, climbing, football coaching, basketball

The PPA fund is administered by the Community Foundation for Merseyside, (CFM) on behalf of the Commissioner. CFM holds funds from philanthropic individuals and organisations who wish to support deserving causes in Merseyside and Lancashire.

CFM’s Community Philanthropy Manager James Proctor said: “We are proud to be working with Merseyside’s Police Commissioner and administering the Police Property Act fund.

“This fund is very popular and the decision making panel had some extremely difficult choices to make with so many valuable projects presented. We feel the projects supported will make a huge impact in communities at this time of the year and wish them every success.”

Please click here for more information on the Community Foundation website.

                                                                                               

Area

Organisation

Project

Amount awarded

Knowsley

Centre 63

Youth diversion in Kirkby for 250 beneficiaries on the run up and during Operation Banger  

£2,500

Knowsley

Family Choices

Family Voices

Phoenix Nights youth diversion projects with 3000 beneficiaries

£3,000

Knowsley

Knowsley South FC

Targeted Youth  diversion for 60 YP

£2,625

Knowsley

Knowsley Youth Mutual

This project will work with 100 young people over the Op Banger period in the Reeds Rd area.

£1,600

Knowsley

TNT

100 young people for an event for the night of Mischief Night and Halloween

£500

TOTAL Knowsley

5 projects

3,510 beneficiaries

£10,288.00

Liverpool

 

Al Ghazali Centre

Youth diversion for BRM communities in South Lpool for 100 beneficiaries on the run up and during Operation Banger  

£1,500

Liverpool

Anfield Boxing Club

Targeted training for 60 youth diversion by boxing training

£1,000

Liverpool

Breckfield and North Everton

Youth diversion for 150 beneficiaries on the run up and during Operation Banger  

£2,350

Liverpool

Central Youth Club

Youth diversion for 40 young people

£500

Liverpool

Employability Solutions

Youth diversion for 100 beneficiaries on the run up and during Operation Banger  

£2,000

Liverpool

Kaalmo Youth Development

Youth diversion for 42 beneficiaries from A/S and Refugee communities during half term.   

£2,000

Liverpool

Rice Lane City Farm

Youth diversion for 2300 beneficiaries on the run up and during Operation Banger  

£2,000

Liverpool

Rotunda

Youth diversion for 400 beneficiaries on the run up and during Operation Banger  

£2,000

Liverpool

Woodlands Community Centre

Youth diversion for 30 beneficiaries on the run up and during Operation Banger  

£1,500

Total Liverpool

9 projects

3222 beneficiaries

£14,850

Sefton

Friends of Alexandra and Coronation Park

Extensive youth diversion for 5000 beneficiaries on the run up and during Operation Banger  

£4,697.66

Sefton

Woodvale and Ainsdale Community Ass

Youth diversion for 40 beneficiaries on the run up and during Operation Banger  

£2,000

Total Sefton

2 projects

5040 beneficiaries

£6,697.66

St Helens

Business for youth

Youth diversion and cross generational art activities for 100 beneficiaries

£600

St Helens

Playstreets

Youth diversion for 217 beneficiaries on the run up and during Operation Banger

£2,295

St Helens

Under Construction Crew

Youth diversion for 100 beneficiaries on the run up and during Operation Banger

£2,000

Total St Helens

3 Projects

417

beneficiaries

£4,895

Wirral

Mid Wirral Crime Prevention

Youth diversion for 200 beneficiaries on the run up and during Operation Banger

£2,500

Wirral

Viking Centre

Youth diversion for younger children (6-10 years) 50 beneficiaries on the run up and during Operation Banger

£3,519

Wirral

Youth Federation

Youth diversion for 200 beneficiaries on the run up and during Operation Banger

£3,000

Total Wirral

3 Projects

450 beneficiaries

£9,019