Huge demand for police cash for county projects

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COMMUNITY projects tackling truancy, homelessness and anti-social behaviour have received police funding to support their work.

Five projects across the county have been awarded cash under the ‘community grants scheme’ run by South Yorkshire Police Authority.

Grants totalling £191,710 were divided between the projects, each deemed as supporting people across the county and tackle policing priorities.

Some of the cash went to homeless charity Emmaus, a Sheffield-based project offering a training and development programme to homeless and socially excluded people aged 18 or over.

In2Change, which targets young people affected by truancy, bullying and anti-social behaviour, was also selected for its work improving the lives and career prospects of young people.

Remedi, a South Yorkshire-wide restorative justice and mediation charity which gets victims of crime and their offenders to talk, has been chosen for a grant, along with Dinnington-based Safe@Last, which works with young runaways.

A project run by South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, which works with young people on the fringes of criminality, also received a grant to give more young people the chance to work with firefighters, police and the youth offending service to turn their lives around.

More than 70 voluntary organisations and community groups applied for funding and those chosen tackled at least one local policing priority, such as enhancing community safety.

Charles Perryman, chairman of South Yorkshire Police Authority, said: “When we announced this funding in March, I said we believed the Community Grants Scheme remained ‘vital’ in supporting projects which can make a real difference to local people across South Yorkshire.

“Last year we received more than 50 applications, but this year that figure rose to more than 70, which just goes to show the need for funding and support for community projects in difficult economic times.”