Grants to help Doncaster’s vulnerable

South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Dr Alan Billings at the launch of Restorative Justice Awareness campaign. Picture: Andrew Roe

South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Dr Alan Billings at the launch of Restorative Justice Awareness campaign. Picture: Andrew Roe

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Organisations across Doncaster are to benefit from £261,000 grant funding awarded by the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner.

Announcing that 26 groups would receive help from his 2015/16 Community Grant Scheme, Dr Alan Billings said the projects chosen directly address the priorities set out in the Police and Crime Plan, especially offering support for vulnerable people.

Included in those set to benefit is Edlington Community Organisation who will received £13,000 to help the regeneration of the communities of Edlington, Warmsworth and surrounding areas to improve the quality of life for residents.

The Mexborough Miners Welfare Institute will also receive £13,000 to help to run their MASTERS project, a diverse range of sporting, training and youth outreach activities across Mexborough targeted at local young people at most risk of committing crime and anti-social behaviour.

Other Doncaster groups selected are as follows: Doncaster Women’s Aid (DWA) with £12,000, Fundamentals Basketball Club with £11,520 and The Monday Club with £600.

Dr Billings said: “I have not found it easy to discriminate between so many good projects and I am sorry that the total amount of funding this year is much reduce because of austerity.

“I am keen to work with organisations that support and help others look after themselves and re-build their lives.”

Cross county organisations South Yorkshire Neigbourhood Watch, Street Pastors and South Yorkshire Sport will all benefit from grant funding.

Applications for the funding were received from a total of 118 South Yorkshire organisations.

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