Road safety and youth projects in Northamptonshire for a financial boost of £ 70,000

Northamptonshire organizations that help keep people safe will receive a financial boost from the County Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Making Northamptonshire Safer Fund.

More than £ 71,000 will be donated to six Northamptonshire organizations and eight church councils to help young adults stay out of trouble and help road safety initiatives.

Funding of £ 41,595 will support projects including a series of youth activity camps, a structured youth physical training program to tackle anti-social behavior, an extension of outreach work involving young people and representatives of community, an employment support program for young offenders and support to expand the county’s search and rescue capacity.

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Eight other parish councils and schools received grants totaling £ 30,752.81 from the Commissioner’s ‘Road Safety Fund’ to carry out work to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on the roads. county roads.

Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Stephen Mold said: “I have put the funds in place to help support organizations that can clearly demonstrate how they are contributing to county safety and that are supporting my priorities as outlined in the current police and crime plan.

“Preventing young people from becoming victims of crime or future offenders is of utmost importance to me and the organizations I support play a key role in building a legacy of reduced crime and anti-social behavior. .

“I am delighted that I can continue to invest in charities, social enterprises, voluntary organizations, parish councils and schools that can bring practical solutions and benefits to our communities.

“I firmly believe that working with these local organizations that champion and drive positive change will help us realize our vision of a safer country for all. “

The latest grants mean that since 2017 the Commissioner has awarded more than £ 458,000 in funding to 84 community groups in Northamptonshire under the two funding streams.

Neil Balderson, Research Manager at Northamptonshire Search and Rescue, said: “We are deeply grateful for the grant provided. It allowed us to adapt our technical rescue vehicle, providing us with specialized equipment essential to improve our rescue capability.

“We cannot express how much the grant means to us, a small charity, especially in these difficult times when Covid has impacted fundraising opportunities. We also can’t minimize how it literally helped us save several lives of the county’s most vulnerable people. “

The latest Making Northamptonshire Safer fund recipients:

• CSD Activity Camps received £ 9,993.30 to help fund activity sessions for Kingswood Estate schools and colleges in Corby to deter young people from anti-social behavior

• Goodwill Solutions received £ 7,579.50 to provide employment assistance for ex-offenders, in Kettering and surrounding areas, aged 19-26

• Northamptonshire Search and Rescue is able to equip its new technical rescue vehicle with essential tools to improve the county’s rescue capability with a reward of £ 8,272.20

• The Linwood Community Co-operative in Corby received a grant of £ 10,000 to expand its outreach program in Corby by recruiting additional youth and community workers

• The Rushden Rotary Club was able to organize a ‘Crime and Safety Awareness Day’ for Rushden Academy students thanks to their £ 1,500 Small Grants Fund grant.

• The Frank Bruno Foundation received £ 4,250 to cover the running costs of a county-wide youth fitness program to tackle social problems and criminal activity.

The latest recipients of the Road Safety Fund:

• The Grange Primary Academy developed Golden ST: EPS, a sustainable and active travel plan and purchased bicycle storage with their grant of £ 2,999

• Cottingham Parish Council received £ 4,265 to fund a speedometer device for outside primary school, alerting drivers to reduce speed to 20 mph

• Scaldwell Parish Council purchased a portable speed reader with its grant of £ 2,048.81

• Maidwell with Draughton Parish Council received £ 5,000 to fund two speedometer devices

• Cranford Parish Council received £ 4,414 for its Tufty project and purchased two speedometers

• The grant of £ 2,340 from Oundle City Council enabled them to purchase and install a speedometer to help reduce the speed of traffic in the town.

• Woodnewton Parish Council received £ 5,000 for its speed awareness project by purchasing three speedometer devices to slow down drivers as they approach the village

• Newnham Parish Council received £ 4,686 to fund two vehicle activated signs in the village

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