Grants Awarded 2017

More than 11,300 young people will benefit from projects which will keep them away from dangerous activities this Halloween and Bonfire Night, thanks to funding raised by the police from the sale of stolen goods.

September 2017

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner has today announced the 26 youth initiatives that will receive a share of the £45,000 pot which is being used to divert young people away from getting involved in anti-social or criminal behaviour during the autumn half term.

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 fourth year the Commissioner has focussed the funding on keeping communities safe during one of the busiest times of the year for the police. The successful organisations from this round of funding will run a host of projects during the school half-term holidays with the aim of keeping a total of 11,331 young people engaged in safe and supervised activities.

Jane said: “Halloween and Bonfire Night are a time of great fun and enjoyment 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 intimidating, anti-social or even dangerous to other members of the community.

“Traditionally, this means 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.

“For this year’s successful organisations, even a small cash boost can make a huge difference and will enable them to run some fantastic grassroots projects which really engage with young people’s imaginations while keeping them safe.”

A total of 51 applications were received for the funding, amounting to requests for more than £184,000. 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, 14 organisations in Liverpool and five initiatives on the Wirral have been awarded funding, with four initiatives in Sefton, two in Knowsley and one in St Helens all benefitting. Much of the funding was focused in ‘hotspot’ areas where communities have been identified as most susceptible to threat and risk.

Among the successful organisations was Rice Lane Residents’ Association which received £1,500 for youth diversion activities for up to 5,000 community members. Other initiatives include Writing on the Wall, a project which aims to use music and art to engage with a group of young people in the Dingle and Toxteth area and Anfield Community Arts which received £2,000 to provide creative arts and lantern making sessions ahead of a family Halloween celebration for up to 150 young people.

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.”

For further information on information on the Community Foundation please visit our website www.cfmerseyside.org.uk

 

 

Area

Organisation

Project brief

Amount given

Knowsley

Halewood Youth in the Community

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

 

£1,300

Knowsley

Osun Arts

Art based youth diversion for 90 beneficiaries on the run up and during Operation Banger

£2,000

TOTAL Knowsley

2 projects

290 beneficiaries

£3,300

Liverpool

 

ABCD Anfield Community Arts  

Art based youth diversion for 150 beneficiaries on the run up and during Operation Banger, supported by Police and in a Disarm priority area.    

£2,000

Liverpool

Anfield Spots in the community  

Targeted training for 20 young people at high risk of offending  

In a Disarm priority area

£2,000

Liverpool

Breckfield and North Everton

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

In a Disarm priority area

£2,000

Liverpool

Centre 56 after school Club

Youth diversion for 40 young people living with domestic abuse.

In a Disarm priority area Kirkdale

£1,450

Liverpool

Croxteth Gems (consortia bid)

Youth diversion for 500 beneficiaries on the run up and during Operation Banger  

£1,500

Liverpool

Gemini Boxing Club

Youth diversion for 300 beneficiaries’ term.   

In a Disarm priority area Speke

£2,000

Liverpool

Outreach Sailing

Youth diversion for 16 young people in sailing activities.

£739

Liverpool

Pinehurst Community Organisation

An intergenerational evening of Halloween entertainment for 250 beneficiaries from the local area.

£500

Liverpool

Rice Lane City Farm

Family and young people’s events for 200 beneficiaries on the run up and during Operation Banger  

£2,000

Liverpool

Rice Lane Residents Ass

Youth diversion activity the run up and during Operation Banger  

They state 5,000 beneficiaries

£1,500

Liverpool

Rotunda

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

£2,500

Liverpool

Speke Children’s Environment Committee

Youth diversion for 540 beneficiaries on the run up and during Operation Banger  

In a Disarm priority area Speke

£2,000

Liverpool

Tuebrook Community Centre

Youth boxing diversion activity over 19 nights for 40 beneficiaries.

£1,000

Liverpool

Writing on the Wall

In depth art based diversionary project in the middle of Dingle and Toxteth were there are specific issues

Working with targeted young people via music (Rap etc)

£2,500

Total Liverpool

 14 projects

7,576 beneficiaries

£23,689

Sefton

Bootle Christ Church Youth Centre

Youth  diversion for 60 beneficiaries on the run up and during Operation Banger  

In a Disarm area

£2,000

Sefton

Brunswick Youth Centre

Youth diversion for  280 beneficiaries on the run up and during Operation Banger  

In a Disarm area

£1,652

Sefton

Parenting 2000

Youth diversion for  75 beneficiaries on the run up and during Operation Banger  

£2,000

Sefton

Phoenix youth project

Youth diversion for  50 beneficiaries on the run up and during Operation Banger

£2,000

Total Sefton

 4 projects

465 beneficiaries

£7,652

St Helens

Heart of Glass

Youth diversion for 50 beneficiaries on the run up and during Operation Banger

£2,000

Total St Helens

1 Project

50

beneficiaries

£2,000

Wirral

Leasowe Play and Youth Community Ass

Youth diversion for 50 beneficiaries for two nights activities on Mischief Night and Halloween

£900

Wirral

Mid Wirral Crime Prevention

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

£1,870

Wirral

The Hive Youth Zone

Youth diversion for 2600 beneficiaries on the run up and during Operation Banger

£3,000

Wirral

Tranmere in the community

Youth diversion for 50 beneficiaries on the run up and during Operation Banger

£2,500

 

Total Wirral

 5 Projects

 2,950 beneficiaries

£8,270