COMMUNITY groups dedicated to helping others and building safer communities are to share in £90,000 in handouts from Hampshire’s police and crime commissioner.
More than 30 groups will receive up to £3,000 each in the scheme, which is designed to reduce crime, support victims and improve community safety.
This funding will make a huge differenceClaire Chatwin
Groups including Pompey in the Community, Portsmouth Street Pastors and the Spring Arts and Heritage Centre in Havant all won cash.
Police commissioner Simon Hayes said: ‘The number and quality of the applications demonstrates the demand for this kind of funding. I’m delighted that we have been able to help many of these organisations to deliver projects which will support and engage people.
‘By investing in many of these projects, I believe we will help prevent anti-social or criminal behaviour, ensuring a more positive future for them, their families and the whole community.’
Among the recipients is the Havant-based Southern Domestic Abuse Service, which supports people who have suffered emotional, physical or sexual abuse.
Chief executive Claire Chatwin said it would use its £2,940 grant to run a Helping Hands programme to support seven to 11-year-old domestic abuse victims in Portsmouth.
Ms Chatwin said: ‘This funding will make a huge difference.
‘It will help approximately 30 children across Portsmouth city.
‘There is a huge demand on our services but without funding like this we wouldn’t be able to deliver the support that is needed.’
Another recipient is Chrysalis, a Warsash-based charity which supports people with gender identity issues. The charity’s chief executive and founder said she was delighted about their £2,755 grant.
She said: ‘It’s wonderful that the crime commissioner has taken an interest in the work that we do. We will use the funding to produce a manual that will cover aspects of transitioning that can be used by people like the police and anybody who is helping to fight hate crime in any way.’
Lynne Davis, chief executive of Portsmouth CAB, said the £2,400 it has been given will go towards sessions that teach people how to manage their money better.
She said: ‘We will be delivering a serious of financial capability workshops with offenders.’
WHO GOT WHAT
Aspex Visual Arts Trust, Portsmouth £2,995
Big World Impact, Havant £1,810
Chrysalis, Warsash £2,755
Citizens Advice Bureau, Portsmouth £2,400
Heart of Portsmouth Boxing Club £3,000
HOPE Portsmouth £3,000
Motiv8 South, Portsmouth £2,990
Pompey in the Community £2,688
Portsmouth Mediation Service £2,985
Portsmouth Street Pastors £3,000
Southern Domestic Abuse Service Havant £2,940
Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, Havant £2,166
Y Services for Young People, Gosport £3,000