Police and Crime Commissioners Office creates additional fund round to tackle anti-social behaviour within the community

We are delighted to be managing the Commissioners Community Grant Scheme following the success of the previous round. The next fund pot of £50,000 has been created to support activities tackling anti-social behaviour (ASB) in local communities across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Police and Crime Commissioner, Alison Hernandez said, “I am always amazed by what our communities can do with relatively small sums of money, and it is often residents of our towns, villages and cities who have a clear idea of what makes a difference and where funding is most likely to give positive results. ASB can seriously blight lives and if not dealt with can escalate to a point where serious crimes are committed. If your community has identified a need and thinks this fund might help, then please fill out an application.”

The Chalk Climbing Project, based in Penryn and Wadebridge received £4,000 from the previous round which supported groups combatting illegal drug activity. The grant from the Commissioners Community Grant Scheme was used to deliver a 12-week wellbeing and recovery programme under the Chalk Approach. The Chalk Approach includes all aspects of indoor rock climbing, teaching members lessons in trust which is a vital part of recovery. Participants of the programme began to have a better understanding of their addictions, their triggers, and the understanding of what they suffer from whilst also being able to see that recovery is possible.

Jordan Rimmington, Chief Executive at The Chalk Climbing Project said, “I cannot put into words how much this funding has meant to us. Chalk is growing as we receive more and more referrals of some the most vulnerable children and young people across the county. We are now seen as a great alternative form of therapy where we tackle poor physical, mental and social health. I feel very proud when members complete the Chalk recovery programme and reach their own personal goals, and this would never have happened if it wasn’t for the generosity of the Commissioner’s Community grant.”

The Police and Crime Commissioner of Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are committed to reducing anti-social behaviour and are inviting applications from community groups and organisations whose projects focus on tackling ASB or diverting individuals and groups from ASB in their local communities. Interested organisations have until August 15 to apply for a grant between £1,000 and £5,000.

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