Sussex Prisoners’ Families has received a grant of £3,000 from the Police & Crime Commissioner’s Community Safety Fund.
The Fund provides grants up to £5,000 to local organisations and projects that deliver a lasting and positive impact on the local community.
Sam Hart, who accepted the grant award on behalf of Sussex Prisoners’ Families, explains how the funding will help reduce crime Hastings: “Families of prisoners are often forgotten yet they play an important part in reducing reoffending. Research shows that if prisoners have a supportive family, they are less likely to reoffend, so supporting families makes communities safer.”
She said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this grant from the Commissioner’s Community Safety Fund, which will provide a part-time community outreach worker to support families in Hastings with a loved-one facing arrest, court or prison.”
Commending Sussex Prisoners’ Families on its successful bid Mrs Bourne said: “As PCC I have a statutory responsibility for commissioning county-wide community safety and crime prevention programmes.
“This community outreach work is a great example of an innovative local project that aims to make our communities safer.
“Since launching the Safer in Sussex Fund in December 2013, nearly £1.5 million has been allocated to support over 300 crime reduction and community safety initiatives.
“This money makes a real difference to local people and neighbourhoods. The high numbers of bids each time shows organisations and community groups are committed to keeping Sussex a safe place in which to live.”
To find out more about the funding made available to community groups by the Police & Crime Commissioner visit: https://www.sussex-pcc.gov.uk/apply-for-funding/.
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