Grants of up to £20,000 on offer to tackle youth violence in South Yorkshire

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Grants of up to £20,000 are on offer for groups and organisations working with young people to help prevent them becoming involved in violence.

The South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit is offering the grants.

Applications are sought from those who are working with young people and supporting the Violence Reduction Unit’s key priorities, which include encouraging safe, nurturing and stable relationships between children and their parents and carers, working to end domestic abuse, promoting gender equality to prevent violence against women and supporting people who misuse substances to make positive choices.

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Graham Jones, head of the South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit, said: “This funding has become available to us for the financial year ending March 2022. We are encouraging organisations that are working with young people up to the age of 25 years to apply.

Teenager Sam Baker was stabbed to death in Lowedges, Sheffield, in May 2018Teenager Sam Baker was stabbed to death in Lowedges, Sheffield, in May 2018
Teenager Sam Baker was stabbed to death in Lowedges, Sheffield, in May 2018

“Due to the current situation with the coronavirus pandemic, we are becoming increasingly concerned about the impact that this will be having on our young people. We need to be working together to engage with them and provide positive role models that they can relate to.

“The funding is available to support young people and help them find a way of life that is free from violence and crime. We want to encourage them to seek activities that will nurture them and form an understanding of the positive choices they can make now, to better help their futures.

“I would encourage organisations working in some of the more deprived areas of South Yorkshire to apply. We will look favourably on applications that are working in the hotspot areas where violence is on the increase and supporting those becoming entrenched in county lines and gang culture.

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“Groups working to support young people back in to mainstream education and employment are also encouraged to apply and those supporting teenagers to establish role models and find their own identities in their communities.”

The activity or projects can be existing or new projects.

Core costs, staff costs and activity costs can be funded.

Dr Alan Billings, South Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “Ever since I became Police and Crime Commissioner I have been clear that we have to tackle violence, including violent crime, in two ways.

“We have to come down hard on the gangs who bring so much misery to our communities not least by drawing our younger people into criminality.

“But this enforcement action, necessary though it is, is not enough. We must also tackle the roots of crime and violence.

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“This is what the Violence Reduction Unit is designed to do.

“We want to help those organisations who seek to promote healthy relationships within families, to steer children and young people away from harmful influences and to enable young people to find employment and a meaningful life.

“We realise that this is a critical moment in South Yorkshire after a year when employment prospects for many have worsened as a result of coronavirus.

“The sums of money we are offering are substantial and should enable worthwhile programmes and projects to be proposed, extended or continued.

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“This fund is a beacon of hope in what is so often a bleak landscape.”

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