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PCC toasts the fruits of community-based crime prevention

Leicestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Lord Willy Bach today hailed the success of grassroots community work which is transforming the lives of vulnerable people and those at risk of committing crime.

Since March, the PCC has invested more than £130,000 from his Prevention Fund into local projects which help victims recover from their experiences, address societal problems and rehabilitate offenders – with some £120,000 of the fund still available.

The PCC has promised to plough £250,000 into community work in 2017-18 which helps keep Leicestershire safe and delivers lasting positive changes on vulnerable people.

So far, grants have been invested in a wide range of areas and include those that support families affected by substance misuse, projects which provide “drop in” centres for vulnerable people and others that support domestic violence survivors to prevent re-exploitation.

A major part of this community work has also focused on tackling hate crime with projects aimed at encouraging victims to report crime, services to deliver advice and schools-based help intervention for asylum seekers and refugees.

This month, the PCC visited project leaders behind the Drop the Knife and Live Your Life initiative.

The project, being delivered by Beaumont Leys training provider E2, was recently awarded £12,500 from the Fund for 2017-18 followed by £12,499.80 in 2018-19 to deliver youth consultation and research, analysis and educational intervention to tackle knife crime among young people in Leicestershire.

With cash still available, organisations which require funding to support their crime prevention work are being reminded to apply as soon as possible.

Willy Bach said:

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Lord Willy Bach: We need to think outside the box

“Our partners on the ground are really making a difference to people’s lives, supporting them through trauma, hardship and life’s problems to close the door on a life of crime or victimisation.

“Helping people tackle their problems is the most effective way of reducing crime and harm from our streets in the long-term and reinforces everything the police do to protect people.

“We need to think outside the box to have a meaningful impact on public safety and I really like that this fund champions innovation and enables new approaches to get off the ground.

“There are so many ways of approaching a problem because there never is one single cause and I’m incredibly grateful to our partners in the community who give us the breadth of expertise and resources to solve them, individually, and get people back on the right road to recovery.”

The Prevention Fund is designed to help voluntary and third sector groups support the public safety goals in the PCC’s Police and Crime Plan as well as confront pressing community issues.

Among those celebrating in the first round of the grants scheme was Leicester Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Centre which received £9,945 for its LGBT and Hate Crime Ambassador project.

The initiative will address the issue of under-reporting of LGBT and hate incidents through the recruitment of volunteer ambassadors.

Another recipient included the Shama Women’s Centre for its ESCAPE project which empowers and supports women and girls from the BME community in their recovery from domestic violence, hate crime and mental health issues.

Grants of up to £25,000 are available in 2017-18 for organisations whose projects successfully address the PCC’s crime priority areas which include hate crime, domestic violence and abuse, Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE), drug and alcohol-related problems, sexual violence and mental health.

The funding is available all year and there is no deadline for applications. For more details and to apply, visit www.leics.pcc.police.uk/funding-2017-18.

Love Your Community? Love Blaby Lottery!

Blaby Lottery LogoA new lottery with a £25,000 jackpot is launching in the District of Blaby to support local good causes.

Blaby District Council’s Councillors approved plans for the authority to launch its own online community lottery, Love Blaby Lottery, to benefit local community organisations across the local area.

Tickets cost just £1, with 60p given to local good causes, compared to only 28p in every pound from National Lottery ticket sales. The lottery is anticipated to launch in 2018.

Weekly draws will be held with a jackpot of £25,000 for a matching sequence of six numbers. £2,000, £250, £25 and three free tickets can also be won in each draw.

Good causes in the district will be able to set up their own lottery page to receive 50p in every pound spent by players entering. 10p is put into a general ‘good cause’ fund to be administered by the Council.

Players who do not support a specific cause will see 60p of their ticket price going into the general good causes fund and distributed by the Council.

Councillor Sheila Scott, Portfolio holder for Planning, Housing Strategy, Economic & Community Development, said:

“The Love Blaby Lottery provides a great opportunity to help local good causes to raise additional money.

“We are committed to continuing our support to local community groups through our community grants scheme and other initiatives, including plans to appoint a Community Champion who will lead on this exciting initiative.”

Regular updates about the launch of Love Blaby Lottery will be available on the Council’s website and through its social media channels.

Local organisations can find out about how to sign up to the lottery and benefit from the money raised at two events groups can register to attend.

For more information contact the Partnerships & Community Development Team via strategic.partnerships@blaby.gov.uk.

[Source: Blaby District Council Communications]

Struggling to find a New Year Resolution?

Enderby LibraryWhy not drop-in to Enderby Library on Tuesday, 12th or 19th January 2016 to find out more about volunteer opportunities at the ‘new’ Enderby Library?

Members of Enderby Community Library’s Management team will be happy to talk about the Community Library Project and provide details of the opportunities available.

Why not come along, hear about the plans and see how you can become more involved in the Community Library Project?

Events are being held at Enderby Library, Townsend Road, Enderby:

Tuesday, 12th January 2016,
12noon-3pm
Tuesday, 19th January 2016,
4pm-7pm

[Original information source: Enderby Parish Council]

Blueprint 2020 – shaping the future of the force

bpLeicestershire Police has unveiled Blueprint 2020 – a five year programme which will decide how to make significant savings and take the force into a new era of policing.

The force is facing unprecedented financial challenge.

The government has indicated that public sector organisations need to expect cuts of between 25% and 40%. For Leicestershire Police, this means further savings of between £17m and £28m.

The exact figure will not be known until the government’s Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) on 25 November. This is on top of savings of £36.1 million which the force made between 2010 and 2015.

Blueprint 2020 has been set up to look at how our future savings can be made and how the force will look, feel and operate in the coming years. Deputy Chief Constable Roger Bannister said;

“Leicestershire Police has a strong tradition of innovation and good performance. Crime is low, it is currently 26% lower than it was five years ago. We want to continue to perform well and give a good service but that has to be done with a much smaller budget and that does mean that things will have to change. We will have to become smaller, more efficient and smarter in how we operate if the force is to be more cost effective.

“As with any significant transformational programme there will inevitably be some difficult decisions to be made, but change is not necessarily bad. This is also about doing things differently and improving the way we do things to offer a different service that is still responsive to the needs of local communities.

“We know how important neighbourhood policing is to people in our communities and we are determined to keep officers at the heart of their communities by sharing buildings with other organisations.

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Deputy Chief Constable Roger Bannister: Exploring “agile working”

“We are exploring ‘agile working’ – how our staff can be based in a range of buildings but still have access to police systems. This might mean that we close those police buildings which are too big and expensive to run. We are also looking to develop our online presence to increase the ways in which people can contact the police. We have to operate in a modern way and be accessible in a way that people expect today.

“No decisions have yet been made. We will continue to talk with the Police and Crime Commissioner; our staff; the trade unions and staff associations; our partners and our communities to gather their thoughts, ideas and suggestions as that will help influence and shape our decision making.”

The Blueprint 2020 team is looking at a wide range of ways to save money including the equipment we use, the vehicles we drive and the buildings we are based in. However, with 83% of our budget spent on salaries the force will inevitably need to operate with fewer officers and staff.

The team is also looking at how the force can take advantage of technology which can be used by the public, such as encouraging victims and witnesses to report and track crime on line and contact officers through online services.

Sir Clive Loader
Sir Clive Loader

Police and Crime Commissioner Sir Clive Loader said

“While I fully support the aims and ambitions of this programme, it’s the Chief Constable’s responsibility to design a force that will deliver my Police and Crime Plan notwithstanding the challenges posed by the budgetary situation.
“I am pleased to have been involved throughout the programme’s development and I feel certain that the force will inform and involve our partners throughout the future development and implementation phases.”

Five key themes

‘Blueprint’ has five key themes;

  • Investing in people – getting the right people with the right skills, developing the right culture and defining the shape and size of the force for the future.
  • Enabling the workforce – building a strong foundation for change. This work stream will look at agile working, police buildings, fleet and IT.
  • Understanding demand – helping us understand and reduce our demand, provide alternative ways to interact with the force, enable victims and witnesses to use technology to ‘self-serve’ by giving them a choice on how to report and track crime.
  • Partnerships and collaboration – working with partners to reduce demand in key areas, delivering more coherent shared services and better use shared data.
  • Services, functions and processes – redesigning how we work to be faster, more informed, more efficient and use technology to reduce costs.

For the latest updates on Blueprint 2020 please see the leics. police website at www.leics.police.uk

Council Grants available for Community Groups in Blaby District

communityactionpartnershipA new round of funding is available for community groups in Blaby District wanting to expand or develop their activities.

If your group is based in Blaby district, and benefits people in the district, you may be eligible to apply for a Blaby District Council community grant. Community Action Partnership administers the grants programme on behalf of the District Council
Funding is now available for groups to apply for grants. The different funding streams are as follows.

1) Capital Grants up to £5,000 for larger projects but must be match-funded by at least 50% of the total project cost.

2) Revenue grants up to £500 for projects or small capital purchases that benefit the community

3) Staying Healthy Grants up to £1000 for projects that meet the staying healthy key priorities

The grant programme aims to support a wide range of community groups. Groups that have received a grant within the last two years are not eligible to apply and priority will be given to groups that have not applied previously, and that focus on the District Council’s key objectives of Children & Young People, The Environment, Safety, Strength & Health of the community and Valued Public Services within the community.

Applications for the community grants are accepted quarterly and the next deadline is
Friday 30th May 2014, 12 noon.

For more information, or to request an application pack, please contact the Community Support Organiser at Community Action on 0116 2727669 or email jenny@communityap.org.uk

You can also learn more by attending a grants drop-in at The Pavilion, Sportsfield Lane, Huncote on Tuesday 13th May between 7:00 and 8:30pm. No appointment necessary.

Details of the grants programmes can be found on Community Action’s website: www.communityactionpartnership.org.uk