Volunteer groups to get share of £300k to cut crime and help victims

Photo Ian Robinson'Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw
Photo Ian Robinson'Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw
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Tens of thousands of pounds have been awarded to groups on the Fylde coast in a bid to support victims of crime and reduce re-offending.

Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw has split £302,000 between several voluntary organisations and charities across the county.

On the Fylde coast, £30,000 will be spent training council staff and police officers to identify “risk groups” as part of the Inner Strength Programme.

The project will be jointly managed by Blackpool’s Early Help Manager and Lancashire Police’s public protection unit.

A further £10,000 was given to the Club2Go bus, a youth facility that visits areas where there is a higher than average rate of anti-social behaviour and criminal damage.

The cash will fund the service for six weeks over the summer holidays, enabling it to visit at least four locations in the resort.

Friends of Highfield Road Park was also granted cash as part of the giveaway, using part of a £500,000 grant Mr Grunshaw secured from the Ministry of Justice Victims Competed Fund.

He said: “I’m delighted to have been able to support these projects, which I hope will make a real difference to the lives of vulnerable people in Lancashire.

“Lancashire has some excellent organisations which dedicate themselves to trying to improve the lives of victims county-wide, and I am delighted I have been able to give them financial support to continue their work.

“An important part of my role is assisting community groups and voluntary organisations to help their area.

“Local people are in the best position to know what residents living in their area need, and I am pleased I am able to support them to deliver the initiatives they believe their communities will benefit from, enabling them to tackle crime, reduce anti-social behaviour and support people going through difficult times.”