Thousands handed out to South Yorkshire community groups to tackle crime

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Community groups across Sheffield and South Yorkshire have been handed £28,000 worth of funding by Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Billings.

To receive money, funded activities must meet one of the priorities laid out in Dr Billings' police and crime plan.

Heeley Farm will receive £5,000 to engage with vulnerable young people in practical outdoor activities.

This is to enhance their education and employment opportunities and encourage young people away from crime.

Sharrow Community Forum, which works with young people involved in anti-social behaviour, have been awarded £4,660 to engage with local people to find ways of improving the area by creating opportunities, events and action supporting community cohesion.

Ben’s, a charity which supports one of the most vulnerable groups within Sheffield’s homeless community – including chronic street drinkers and drug users, will receive funding of £4,860 to engage with clients whilst they are under the influence and to tackle anti-social behaviour in the city centre.

Roundabout, which works with young people at risk of alcohol and drug misuse, has been awarded £5,000 to offer tailored one-to-one sessions with young people.

Speakup in Rotherham will receive £4,750 to raise awareness of hate crime to vulnerable groups and help individuals understand how to report hate crime.

Dr Alan Billings said: “All of the organisations receiving grant funding from my community grant scheme do exemplary work which makes a real difference to people’s lives..

“There are so many organisations that are working within communities, making a difference and offering support, that it is very difficult to differentiate between who should and should not receive the funding.

"This is why it is crucial that all applications in to my office meet the strict criteria and offer support and intervention to groups included in my main priorities."

Grant funding was also awarded to Hanover Tenants Association, along with the donation of a filing cabinet to help with the project.

The Pakistan Advice and Community Association also received funding to target young people by providing film nights and positive distraction activities that young people can attend instead of being out on the streets in Page Hall.