Jo Coles - York and North Yorkshire Deputy Mayor for Policing, Fire and Crime

Jo Coles - North Yorkshire Deputy Mayor for Policing, Fire and Crime

Community Fund projects 2016/17

£252,132 awarded to 29 projects

Urban revolution – The Rock of York

£7,000 funding awarded

The Rock of York will run the Urban Revolution project in the school holidays as an extension of the existing project running in term time, ie Urban Revolution – 68 Centre, Monkton. The school holiday project will be focussed around the reduction of anti-social behaviour in York North, with the main focus being in the Clifton area.

The funding will be used to purchase a Football Cage to enable the project to run sports activities which are easy to move and transport at short notice, thereby concentrating on where the greatest need is identified.  The project will also use the York City Council ‘Urbie’ bus to run activities such as:

  • Anger management
  • Healthy eating
  • Decision making challenges
  • Sexual Health awareness and Condom distribution
  • Substance Misuse 


£20,000 funding awarded

This project plans to use the space, staff and resources of Tang Hall SMART Community Interest Company to deliver learning activities, 2 days per week, for 15 young people who are not in school due to having suffered bullying.  These young people have a late diagnosis of Asperger’s and not currently being educated anywhere. The young people are mainly aged 11-14.  They are isolated and under-stimulated.

This pilot aims to re-engage the children in learning and improve well-being through an activities based programme, including music, art and enterprise initially, with a range of individual and group activities on offer.  The young people will have an individual programme shaped around their needs and interests.
Read the press notice: Education project for bullied teenagers wins £20,000 grant from Police and Crime Commissioner’s Community Fund

Boroughbridge youth club

£3,000 funding awarded

This project operates on a weekly basis, offering a safe and fun environment for young people living around the Boroughbridge area.  Different activities are run every week depending on what the young people request, from arts and crafts to team building games.    The aim of the project is to educate young people on behaviour and to give them the opportunity to meet other young people in the area.

Coulhurst Craven sports centre – 3G all weather pitch

£5,000 funding awarded

This grant will part fund the upgrade and resurfacing of the full size all weather pitch at the Coulhurst Craven Sports Centre in Skipton.  The current surface is deteriorating rapidly, having been used so successfully since it opened in 2004.  The project to resurface the pitch will achieve FA Performance Standards for Community use and also pass IATS requirements.

The all weather pitch is used by over 100,000 people per year.  During the day the facility is primarily used by Skipton Girls High School, Emysted Grammar School and Craven College, in addition to the primary schools in Skipton.  During evenings and weekends it is used by various clubs and groups.

Restore (York) – Engagement project

£20,000 funding awarded

This project will be delivered by Restore (York) which aims to house people who would otherwise be homeless, and to engage with them to provide services to prevent them from ending up homeless or re-offending and thereby helping them to fulfil their potential in life.

All tenants are vulnerable adults and will work with their support officer to develop a Personal Engagement Plan to identify their needs.  There are six main areas of engagement which include:

  • Education and training
  • Volunteering and employment opportunities
  • Therapeutic and medical
  • Exercise and outdoor activities
  • Mentoring and befriending
  • Social activities.


£3,700 funding awarded

The Rural Taskforce aims to deliver crime prevention to North Yorkshire’s rural communities. As part of that aim, #TackSafe will provide a free service to mark equine property with a unique code which identifies it as belonging to the owner. This makes the property less desirable to take.

The project aims to provide a service to hard to reach communities who would generally not see or interact with the Police. Awareness of the service will be raised through social media, equine events/sales, auction sales and other rural events.

In addition to the above service, interested people will be registered for community messaging and provided with crime prevention advice, literature and signage to keep them safe.

Community Empowerment

£20,000 funding awarded

Yorkshire and Humberside Circles of Support & Accountability (YHCOSA) is a community project which educates and empowers the community to safeguard itself from sexual abuse. This is done by training volunteers from the community to support and hold to account former offenders living in the community.

For YHCOSA to be effective, volunteers need to reflect the communities that sexual offenders will be returning to.

Through the Community Empowerment project, workshops will be delivered aimed at engaging communities in a debate about awareness raising of safeguarding and how they can become involved in YHCOSA. Consultancy work within a community setting with community groups, for example, mosques, will be taking place, as will the development and distribution of focussed, culturally sensitive safeguarding awareness information and volunteer recruitment materials.

In addition, relationship development with community stakeholders and leaders will take place.

Battersby Junction Recreation Space

£2,000 funding awarded

Battersby Junction has little in the way of communal land for children to play. The nearest playground is 3½ miles away which cannot be reached by public transport.

The Battersby Junction Community Association has gained planning permission for the development of a professionally designed recreation space which will include play equipment for all age groups and abilities, an open space for village events and a bike track.

The recreation space is designed to benefit the whole community, not just children.

Having a place to hold village events reduces social isolation and increases community cohesion, and in particular provides an opportunity for young and old to meet. The grant awarded will part fund a key piece of equipment for the recreation space.


£4,400 funding awarded

The Try project delivers a free rugby league programme for young people aged 12 to 18 years. The weekly coaching programme will be delivered on an evening by professional coaches from Castleford Tigers RFLC at Heworth ARLFC.

‘Try’ will be advertised locally, through schools, where several ‘Rugby League Takeover Days’ will be delivered. These will involve a team of coaches visiting the schools and delivering fun rugby related activities to the whole school. This will allow the coaches to meet many of the young people and build a rapport before they attend the sessions at Heworth ARLFC.

The project will also work with the local youth service and neighbourhood teams to deliver ‘detached coaching sessions’ in local open spaces as a way of engaging with hard to reach young people.

The project will offer a positive alternative to hanging about on streets and provide a safe place where young people can meet. They will also have the opportunity to meet some of the first team players of Castleford Tigers and to participate in a question and answer session with them.

Gargrave Playground Project, Craven

£5,000 funding awarded

This project aims to improve the lives of children and young people in the village of Gargrave through the provision of challenging recreational and leisure facilities at the Gargrave Playground.  The project will support activities and facilities in a safe space, which help develop children and young peoples’ physical and social skills, promote cohesion and encourage their participation in society as responsible individuals.

DISC Women’s Diversion Scheme, Scarborough and Harrogate

£12,600 funding awarded

DISC Women’s Community Project works with women in the criminal justice system to provide a viable alternative to custody, in order to prevent the displacement of families and prevent lasting damage to children because of their mother’s imprisonment.

This project will target first time female offenders before they become criminalised and join an offending peer group, as well as those affected by domestic violence, ASB issues and low level crime. The scheme will consist of an assessment and  4 intervention sessions that are delivered as part of the conditions of bail/caution.

North Yorkshire Horizons, Harrogate Hub

£1,661 funding awarded

This funding will support the development of an IT suite in Horizon’s Harrogate Hub, to allow volunteers and mentors to facilitate online training and offer clients 1-2-1 support to access IT equipment, develop desirable skills and knowledge around technology.

The project aims to offer tailored courses with specific aims and objectives,  that can support service users’ recovery and their own personal development as well.

Sherburn in Elmet Youth Pilot, Selby

£11,000 funding awarded

The ultimate purpose of this project is to provide young people within Sherburn in Elmet a safe space in which they can socialise, with trained youth workers on hand to help them address issues that may be affecting them, providing support, intervention or signposting.

The main aim of the portacabins will be to reduce the number of incidences of ASB in the village, through a combination of targeted youth work and diversionary tactics.  This project will be heavily influenced by the young people of Sherburn In Elmet themselves.

For further information, please contact Jake Longhorn:

Broadacres Housing Association Play Safe Project

£8,040 funding awarded

This project will support the development of a new play facility at a women’s refuge, enabling vulnerable children to play in a safe and secure area.

For further information, please contact Stephen O’Brien:

Lifeline Growth Project, York

£6,000 funding awarded

This project will support the development of a “multi-purpose space” that encourages service users to cultivate and benefit from the area based on the eco-therapy model. The multi-purpose space will be used to deliver a programme of outdoor diversionary activities that support substance misuse recovery and community integration.

The ambition of Growth is to break down barriers and enhance prospects for everyone involved – encouraging individuals regardless of background to work together in the attainment of a thriving therapeutic garden, which will benefit even those who are not part of growing and development activities but just want to enjoy the space.

For further information, please contact Sophie Pott:

Green Lane Growers, Community Centre Building and allotment project, Acomb, York

£750 funding awarded

The funding will support the purchase of the building floor and growing box materials as part of this Community Centre and allotment project. The building will be multi-functional for the local community, with local schools using the allotments to encourage young people in positive activities.

Older Citizens Advocacy York (OCAY), Supporting Rural Communities, York

£3,364 funding awarded

OCAY provides volunteers who advocate for people who do not have suitable family or friends to advocate for them or who want more detached and independent help. The service is free, independent and confidential. OCAY also recruits volunteers from the local communities in and around York to enhance advocacy provision.

This project is aimed at raising awareness of the service in the rural areas of York. The project aims to organise advocacy drop-ins in rural communities around York, to advertise these, the service and the opportunities on offer. The project will work with older people in rural communities to raise awareness of the free service on offer and encourage them to use it if they need help or support to help them to feel safe.

Progress@Foundation, Harrogate

£2,500 funding awarded

This project will provide a weekly drop-in for homeless young people, aged mainly 16-25. The sessions include Job Club, Healthy Eating, Housing and Benefits Advice, Budgeting, Online training and other activities. The group’s aims are to empower people to take control of their lives, identify which areas need some change and then offer targeted support to the individual to allow them to progress, whether on a 1:1 or group sessions. The projects aims to increase confidence and engagement to move-on to more independent living. The project also offers training for volunteers with on-line learning and development into Peer Mentors.

Prince’s Trust Achieve programme, Countywide (targeted)

£19,776 funding awarded

The Prince’s Trust Achieve project will support up to 120 disengaged young people aged 13–19 in North Yorkshire. The Trust will work with partners who have identified particularly at risk cohorts in their local community.

Delivery is structured around an early intervention/prevention model incorporating the following modules: Active Citizenship; Personal and Social Development; Life Skills; Enterprise; Preparation for Work; Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) and Literacy, Language and Numeracy Skills (LLN).

The Trust will work with the local providers to identify, engage and support targeted young people onto an Achieve club to develop skills, improve behaviour and confidence through relevant, engaging and informal learning. Young people will work towards a Prince’s Trust Personal Development and Employability qualification.

Community Angels, Scarborough

£19,882 funding awarded

Community Angels are volunteers based within the local community to support vulnerable people and prevent them from becoming victims. The funding will support a new community based one to one initiative, working alongside agencies supporting the protection of vulnerable people, building the communities’ trust and confidence in agencies and encouraging reporting of incidents that cause them alarm and distress.

Community Angels enables vulnerable people to feel safer, stronger, better connected; helping build community networks and social relationships through a visible presence in the local community. The project promotes wellbeing, community cohesion, responsibility and reconciliation, with the aim of preventing potential problems and reducing calls for demand on services including the Police.

Advocacy Alliance, Crime Awareness Training, Scarborough and Ryedale

£13,380 funding awarded

Advocacy Alliance provides free, independent and confidential advocacy support and training to vulnerable individuals living in Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale.

This funding will support the Alliance to develop a safeguarding adults training package and associated resources for vulnerable adults, to raise awareness of what is right and wrong, who to report concerns to and how to keep themselves safe.

The project aims to empower this group of people to make them aware of mate/hate crime, how to stay safe, who to inform and to have the self-confidence to speak out, reducing the incidents of these types of crime.

Hurt by Hate project, Countywide

£19,025 funding awarded

This arts-based campaign aims to raise awareness of the potential impact of on-line propaganda and extremist grooming on young people across North Yorkshire and York. The creative, interactive resources will be promoted through existing networks, focussing on early intervention and prevention, to a wide range of universal and targeted education and community settings; including youth clubs, pupil referral units and children’s homes. The scenarios within the products will be true to life, based on identified local needs.

The main ‘product’ will be a Prevent graphic novel, an adult style comic which will convey a number of scenarios around extremist grooming, both online and face to face. In addition, an accompanying film will be produced, bringing to life key intervention points in the novel, setting up opportunities where young people can explore and test out possible solutions to the issues faced by the characters.

University of York Keep U.S Safe project

£4,500 funding awarded

The project ‘Keep U.S Safe'(the U.S standing for University Students) is aimed at enhancing the safe environment enjoyed by the 16,500 student community living in and around the University of York, as well as the local community who are able to access the campus. The student community is the largest concentration of young adults between the ages of 18 and 25 across the whole of North Yorkshire.

This project looks to provide additional support and security to the community by working in partnership with the local neighbourhood policing team to combat a recent surge in anti-social behaviour perpetrated by non-students. The funding will be utilised to purchase a number of Body Worn Video devices that will be utilised by security service staff as a visual deterrent and evidence gathering tool, to combat anti-social behaviour targeted at the student and local community.

North Yorkshire County Council Trading Standards (NYTS) Multi-agency Safeguarding Team Operation Gauntlet No Cold Call Zones

£5,000 funding awarded

The team aim to reduce the threat, harm and impact of financial abuse and frauds on vulnerable adults within North Yorkshire through a range of crime types including doorstep crime, scam mail, investment, courier and romance frauds, and financial abuse by family members, carers and powers of attorney. The focus of this initiative is to protect vulnerable residents within the county from financial abuse and to help them to be safe, feel safe and confident, and to be able to live independently.

The funding will be used to provide the necessary signage to set up No Cold Call Zones, to prevent rogue traders accessing vulnerable communities.

Friends of Aireville Park, New Play Area, Craven

£5,024 funding awarded

The funding will support the purchase of a Climbing Trunk and Balance Triangle for the new play area that is being built over the coming year.

The new play area in Aireville Park is latest project from the 2012 Aireville Park Masterplan (produced in partnership by Craven District Council and FoAP with extensive involvement of the community including young people).

The new pay area project will provide an adventurous, inspiring play area to motivate and encourage children and young adults to spend more time in the outdoors.  The play area will have more activities for older children, and teenagers, including the new Zip Wire installed in Spring 2017.

Sinnington Village Hall, Extension Project, Ryedale

£5,000 funding awarded

The funding will support the purchase of furnishings and storage materials for the small meeting room / storage room for use by the community groups as part of an overall extension project.

The aim is to provide a Hall for All, to enable social interaction for all members of the community in a safe, secure and suitable environment for social exchange, in order to enhance the quality of life and well-being amongst the local community regardless of socio/economic background and age.

Wave Project, Surf Therapy, Scarborough

£9,620 funding awarded

The Wave Project improves the mental health and well-being, to change the long-term outlook, of at risk children and young people, aged eight to 21 years, with a mental health issue, learning difficulty and/or physical disability through an evidence based programme of surfing and mentoring.

The funding will support the delivery of a 16-week project, which will include four weeks of volunteer recruitment and training and liaising with local professionals; six weeks of session delivery, four weeks of surf club sessions and a further two weeks of post-course evaluation. After the six-week course has finished, four follow-on surf club sessions will be provided for the course participants.

The course will benefit 16 local children and young people at risk of social isolation, who will be referred to the project by  Scarborough Community Safety Hub, Youth Justice Service or Prevention service.

Haxby and Wiggington Youth and Community Association – Oaken Grove Community Centre, Community Ties Youth Provision, York

£1,641 funding awarded

Oaken Grove Community Centre is the central hub of activity for Haxby and Wigginton community. We provide a range of activities for local and city wide groups and individuals.

Community Ties Youth Provision is for young people aged between 8 and 18. Our team of youth workers deliver youth groups; drop in services, detached youth work and community projects.

The funding will support the purchase of new equipment, enabling the project to engage with the wider youth community who traditionally don’t access centre-based provision.  This will be achieved by delivering sessions outside of the centre via a ‘tool box’ – to uproot services to different areas, in coordination with the neighbourhood police team.

Survive – EMDR (Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) counselling project

£13,269 funding awarded

Survive is a Sexual Violence organisation offering therapeutic support to Survivors of child sexual assault, exploitation, adult rape, assault or any form of sexual abuse or violence.

This project will enhance the stabilisation and trauma counselling service for adult victims of sexual violence (including childhood sexual abuse and/or exploitation), through a specialist trauma counselling technique called EMDR.

The funding will recruit and pay for highly trained experienced counsellors to undertake the EMDR training and use their knowledge and new skills to work with victims for a period of time as volunteers.