Action Fund awards to prevent young victims of crime and support for older people affected by scams
A range of projects to reduce crime across Hertfordshire have been funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner.
David Lloyd has awarded £28,914 from the Action Fund to groups including those preventing young people becoming victims or perpetrators of crime, and support for older people targeted by fraudsters.
Among the latest round of six successful applicants were organisations from Broxbourne, North Herts, Watford and St Albans.
The Gifted Organisation were given almost £5,000 to work with at risk girls aged 15-18 to provide one-on-one mentoring. Their Butterfly Extra programme in Broxbourne will engage with 40 young women to educate them about domestic violence, grooming and exploitation.
North Herts Citizens Advice also got £5,000 to employ a part-time Scams Champion to train staff to spot clients, especially older people, who have been the victims of fraudsters, and also attend community events.
Two groups were funded to work with young people from Black Asian and minority ethnic groups. The Reanella Trust, in Watford, aims to reduce crime by early intervention and tackling offending which may be caused by drug and alcohol misuse. The £5,000 will pay for clinical psychologists to act as personal mentors for those needing help. In St Albans the LeeAnna’s Wish group will use £4,000 to work with young people at risk of exploitation and offending.
Two county wide groups were awarded £5,000 each. Herts Young Homeless will produce two films to be shown in schools and on social media, to warn about dangers such as gangs, county lines and sexual exploitation. Trauma Recovery will deliver a workshop to 4,000 pupils at 16 schools on healthy relationships and sexual assault.
Mr Lloyd said: “The best way to make Hertfordshire a safer place for everyone is to prevent crimes from happening in the first place. These awards are going to organisations whose primary aim is to stop reoffending and repeat victimisation.
“This includes areas of crime which are of high concern to members of the public, which includes those who are at risk of violence against women and girls, serious violence against young people and fraud.”
Action Fund grants of up to £5,000 are available to support community and voluntary initiatives which will reduce crime and make Hertfordshire a safer place to live by helping to deliver the aims of the Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan for Hertfordshire (2022 – 2027).
The fund empowers local groups to find solutions to community safety problems. Bids are assessed and put forward to the Commissioner by the Hertfordshire Community Foundation.
The Commissioner is keen to work with and fund a range of organisations from the community who have a shared interest in delivering positive outcomes and improved services for residents.