Groups set to benefit from community fund

Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire Clive Grunshaw
Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire Clive Grunshaw

A football club, the county’s neighbourhood watch scheme and a domestic abuse charity are among five organisations celebrating a cash boost from Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner’s Community Action Fund.

Clive Grunshaw said he was “delighted” to be able to allocate more than £5,000 to the projects, which will help some of the county’s most vulnerable people and support efforts to reduce anti-social behaviour.

The successful projects include Lancashire Neighbourhood Watch Forum, county-wide - £800 and Lancashire Council of Mosques, county-wide - £1,800.

The Commissioner said: “I am delighted to be able to offer funding to these organisations to help run some very worthwhile projects and contribute to their long-term success.

“These applications very clearly demonstrate the variety of different ways money from the Community Action Fund can be used for the benefit of the community – whether that is to buy equipment for a sports team, help keep youngsters off the streets this summer or fund seminars that will have long-term benefits for the community.

“The fund is designed to help projects which address the priorities listed in my Police and Crime Plan, and I am confident the money handed out to these groups will make a difference to the communities they serve.”

The Lancashire Council of Mosques has been allocated £1,800 towards its initiative to run two seminars focusing on child protection in Supplementary Islamic Schools.

It is hoped the first seminar, to be run in Preston next month, will reach up to 300 mosque teachers.

Sahara in Preston provides support and advice services for women from the Asian community who have been affected by domestic violence and abuse.

The final organisation to benefit is the Lancashire Neighbourhood Watch Forum, which will receive a £800 toward the running costs of a conference at Lancashire Police Headquarters.