The Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner continues to support projects that help to make our county safer, with more than £35,000 being awarded to organisations in the most recent round of funding.
Supt Kevin Mullighan, PCSO Ian Shelton, Pineham Locks NHW Coordinator, Pineham Locks resident and PFCC Stephen Mold
The Northamptonshire Neighbourhood Watch Association was awarded £9,500 for Operation Target, which aims to reduce crime and build stronger and safer communities in crime hot spot areas.
There are over 1,200 Neighbourhood Watch schemes in Northamptonshire, with over 40,000 members.
Alan Earle, Neighbourhood Watch Chairman, said: “We know that a well-run scheme with effective communication about concerns in the community, crime prevention information, and a good working relationship with the local Neighbourhood Policing Team has resulted in reducing crime by 30% in some areas.”
The Good Loaf was awarded just over £9,000 to deliver a 10-week project that aims to improve the wellbeing of vulnerable women while teaching baking skills and provide a toolkit to enhance their mental health. CEO of The Good Loaf, Suzy Van Rooyen said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded these funds to make this group possible. Local vulnerable women may need this support more than ever during these difficult times and we are all very grateful to the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner’s Office. It has not been an easy year for anyone, least of all for those who may have been affected by domestic abuse or addiction.”
Creating Equalz was also successful in its bid to the Commissioner’s Making Northamptonshire Safer fund, for just under £9,500. Training and resources will be provided to primary and secondary schools in the county, to help them identify additional risks that girls from practicing FGM communities will face during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Ashton Parish Council and Cottingham Parish Council were successful in their bids to the Commissioner’s Road Safety fund and will use the money to install speed control devices in areas of concern.