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- Community boost from Commissioner crime fund (31 July 2014)
- Commissioner fund targets diversity (4 Aug 2014)
- Huge community boost from Commissioner crime fund with more than £500,000 awarded this year so far (23 Oct 2014)
- West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner opens latest community fund grant round (3 Nov 2014)
- Nearly £700,000 Awarded to Good Crime Causes in 2014 by West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (15 Dec 2014)
- Commissioner’s Crime Fund continues to make a big impact (30 Jan 2015)
- Safer Communities Fund grant (11 May 2015)
- New round of grants for Police and Crime Commissioner’s Community Fund (1 Sept 2015)
- One million pounds given to West Yorkshire by Police and Crime Commissioner to help reduce crime (27 Nov 2015)
- £200,000 for good causes as the Safer Communities Fund opens for applications (30 Nov 2015)
- Antisocial youths in Bradford being educated thanks to Police and Crime Commissioner’s Safer Communities Fund (19 Feb 2016)
- Police and Crime Commissioner’s Safer Communities Fund helps adults with learning disabilities (29 Jan 2016)
- Police and Crime Commissioner’s Safer Communities Fund helps make young people safer in Kirklees (29 Jan 2016)
- Drug awareness project launched (18 Jan 2016)
- Police and Crime Commissioner Supports “It’s My Right” Transgender Youth Campaign (13 Oct 2015)
- Police and Crime Commissioner joins a No Way Trust visit (17 Mar 2015)
- Over £1.2million of recovered money given to good causes by West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (4 Mar 2016)
- Airedale students create DVD to tackle alcohol and domestic abuse (11 Mar 2016)
- Safer Communities Fund helps young women at risk of Child Sexual Exploitation (14 Mar 2016)
- West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner inviting good causes to apply for a slice of £130,000 (14 Mar 2016)
- West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Sees Community Spirit in Dewsbury (16 Mar 2016)
- Over £1.3 million of recovered money given to good causes by West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (24 June 2016)
- £140,000 available for good causes in latest round of the Safer Communities Fund (12 Dec 2016)
- Latest Safer Communities Fund grant opens and targets crime prevention (30 Aug 2016)
- Over £1.5m of recovered criminal cash returned to our communities (2 Dec 2016)
Police and Crime Commissioner’s Safer Communities Fund helps make young people safer in Kirklees (29 Jan 2016)
Freedom Personal Safety used their two grants from the Safer Communities Fund, which uses money taken from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act, to run Respect Me Too programmes. They received £10,882 in total.
The six-week programmes were run in three high schools and a pupil referral unit and were aimed at raising awareness of healthy relationships, sexting, grooming and how to stay safe from sexual exploitation. Each group of students created their own group projects to share with peers across school so that the messages reached almost 6000 young people.
Evaluation carried out following the programmes showed that awareness of issues increased dramatically with 56% more awareness about sexual exploitation, 59% more awareness about sexting and a 63% increase in awareness about where to get professional help.
Julie Tweedale, Director of Freedom Personal Safety, said: "Receiving this funding from the Safer Communities Fund demonstrated to the wider community that keeping young people safe from these kind of crimes is a priority and that educational prevention work has an impact. We are a small social enterprise and to have our work recognised and valued in this way has helped with our profile and enabled us to reach more young people to share safety messages. It also meant a huge amount to us that Mark came along to two of the schools to see the work the fund was supporting."
West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, said: "Freedom Personal Safety have used their grant with great effect - helping young people understand the very real dangers of sexual exploitation and grooming and helping them to avoid putting themselves in risky situations and potentially becoming a victim is vital.
"I am delighted that monies from my Safer Communities Fund (SCF) has been able to create such a positive impact in raising the awareness of these issues amongst young people and particularly welcome the fact that it is the young people themselves who are creating and sharing the messages. I am
pleased the money has been used to help educate young people and make them safer and feel safer. It's important in my role of PCC to work with and involve communities and in particular young people.
"This is exactly the sort of success story that demonstrates just how much the SCF can do for you and your community."
The next grant round of the Safer Communities Fund opens on 14th March, 2016. For more information and how to apply please visit /safer-communities-fund/about-the-fund.aspx