Community Fund projects 2018/19

£91,727 has been awarded to 18 projects

Kick Off@3, North Yorkshire Police

£902 Police Property funding awarded

Funding will enable a targeted group of young people from identified communities in North Yorkshire, to take part in a national police-led project that engages with young people through the medium of sports and music and raises awareness and funds for a range of charities that promote health and well-being in young people.

This police-led project will use sports and music to help break down barriers with vulnerable young people from hard to reach communities.   It will focus on teamwork, team building, health, positive relations and progression in life.

The project will help bring a range of communities and different backgrounds together though sport. Whilst doing this it reinforces a positive image of local policing, supports young people and police relationships and collaboration between two other local forces and Durham University.

Local neighbourhood teams will support the identification of young people to take part, aimed at diverting them away from anti-social behaviour with something constructive to focus on.

Vehicle Activated Speed Signage, Cononley Community Speedwatch Group, Craven

£2, 149 funding awarded

Community Speed Watch was initiated in Cononley following the submission of Speed Concern Forms to the 95 Alive Road Safety Partnership and supported by local Police Community Support Officers.  The group aims to reduce the number of vehicles travelling at speed through Cononley.

As part of a wider road safety project, funding will support permanent, interactive signage to enhance public safety as part of wider project in a targeted area.

The installation of these road safety measures will support the Police and Crime Plan aim of local pedestrians, cyclists and vulnerable road users feeling and being safer.

Community Hub, The Living Rooms, Hambleton

£5,000 funding awarded

The Community Hub will be a drop in facility for vulnerable individuals or those with emotional health concerns. Following a consultation with a trained volunteer, individuals will be sign posted for support as appropriate.

The drop in facility aims to support collaborative working with North Yorkshire Police and other services, by reducing calls and demand and working alongside the local neighbourhood policing team to support vulnerable individuals with multiple needs.

Trained volunteers will give time to those in need and direct them to the appropriate help.  The volunteer training is being coordinated by a doctor who is part of the The Living Rooms development / implementation team, ensuring vulnerable people are supported to access appropriate support, reducing their likelihood of becoming a victim or offender.

The project will also enhance collaborative links with the local Community Safety Hub via a two way referral process, including support on Acceptable Behaviour Contracts for more complex and vulnerable individuals. In addition, the premises can be used as an alternative safe place for vulnerable young people at night, addressing community vulnerability and enhancing feelings of being safe and feeling safe.

Activity Room Dividers, Family Life Church (FLC) Thirsk, Hambleton

£7,408 funding awarded

Family Life Church provide assistance to the local community and police team to reduce anti-social behaviour and demand and support collaborative working.  This is achieved by providing a safe place for vulnerable individuals at night, supported by provision to individuals to reduce alcohol fuelled disruptive behaviour.

In addition, Family Life Church provide counselling support to vulnerable pregnant females and a space for local community events.

Following an increase in demand, vandalism and anti-social behaviour, this funding will enable Family Life Church to partition their project base, to improve and expand the delivery of specialist interventions to vulnerable individuals and groups in the appropriate surroundings.

The project aims to support the police and other services at peak times of demand and enhance community safety for all.

Richmond Area Motorcycle Project, Richmondshire

£5,000 funding awarded

The motorcycle proficiency project engages with young people in order to reduce the amount of road traffic collisions/incidents and anti-social behaviour.

Funding will enable targeted young people, aged 13-19, identified via local police teams and the Community Safety Hub, to engage in an intervention course that increases their awareness and proficiency in off road motorcycling.

This project supports diversion and early intervention, together with providing a preventative approach to committing anti-social behaviour in the area and raising awareness of road safety.

The sessions encourage the young people to work as a group; promoting respect and resilience as well as diverting them away from potentially harmful situations which may lead to further risk-taking behaviour.

The course also provides an opportunity for the volunteer leaders to speak with the young people to address the underlying causes of behaviour and identify possible interventions to support positive change.

Colburn Youth Project Targeted Group, Richmondshire

£2,394 funding awarded

In response to an increase in anti-social behaviour in the local area, this diversionary project will engage with identified young people, referred by the Community Safety Hub, local police team and other agencies including Prince’s Trust, Prevention and Youth Justice, with the aim of positive engagement that supports behavioural change.

The Colburn Youth Project will work collaboratively with the local police team to promote positive relationships and break down barriers that might exist between young people and the police. PCSO’s will be asked to attend the project when possible and engage in positive activities with the young people. Trained staff will always be available for specific 1:1 needs and will sign post young people to specialist intervention as appropriate.

Young people will be empowered to engage and have been consulted about the programme activities to encourage participation.  They will receive free First Aid training and the offer of other accredited courses to support their on-going engagement.

The project will run at peak times of anti-social behaviour, providing diversionary activity and positive engagement.  Colburn Leisure Centre will also offer the young people on the course the chance to use the gym at a subsidised rate of £1 per session, giving the young people the opportunity to be engaged in positive activities daily.

Robert Street Gates, Selby

£3,350 funding awarded

Aiming to reduce significant issues of crime, vandalism, littering and other anti-social behaviour, funding to this project will enhance the safety and security for local residents and businesses.

The street currently suffers from all-night noise, fighting, substance misuse, public urination, vomiting, littering and vandalism. By installing gates, local residents and businesses hope to eliminate these issues and improve the environment for the local community, whilst reducing their fear of crime.

Aligned to the key Police Fire and Crime Commissioner’s priority of supporting local communities to be and feel safer, the purchase and installation of appropriate gates aims to reduce local fear of crime, whilst increasing vulnerable people’s confidence to reporting.

Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team, Fence Installation

£9,460 funding awarded

The Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team covers the North York Moors, the surrounding towns and villages in Hambleton and Ryedale, the lower Tees Valley and along the North Yorkshire coast.

The team are on call 24-hrs a day and provide much needed assistance and support to North Yorkshire Police, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue and other emergency services, to support collaborative working and maximising use of effective resources as identified in the Police and Crime Plan.

Support is provided to a range of vulnerable people or risky situations, including vulnerable individuals who go missing on the fells and in and around the local towns and villages, to people injured walking, biking, climbing and horse riding.

Funding will support the installation of fencing at the rescue team’s base, to prevent crime and improve the security of the Mountain Rescue base, protecting it and its contents from intruders and others who, at present can easily gain access to the site.  The provision of fencing will enhance feelings of safety in addition to ensuring an active deterrent to crime and anti-social behaviour.

Scarborough Borough Council, Prevention and Detection of Environmental Crime

£5,000 funding awarded

Scarborough and surrounding area has a number of locations which have seen an on-going increase of fly-tipping and environmental offences, impacting on the quality of life of residents. The service has previously rolled out low cost remote CCTV cameras with only limited range, but demonstrating need.

Funding will support a portable device which can be moved in response to offence locations, enhancing the prevention and detection of environmental crime and enhancing working relationships with key landowners and NYP to support a collaborative approach.

Tadcaster and Rural Community Interest Company, Manor Farm Youth Centre, Skatepark, Selby

£7,889 funding awarded

Tadcaster and Rural CIC is a not for profit social enterprise established in 2013 to deliver projects which contribute towards the social, environmental and economic development and regeneration of Tadcaster and its surrounding its surrounding rural communities.

Funding will support the development and increased use of a mobile skatepark and skate club for young people, providing them with positive, diversionary activities in the local area, a key aim of the Community Fund and reducing their likelihood of engaging in negative behaviour.

To ensure young people can engage at key times of anti-social behaviour, the park will initially open twice a week through term time at Manor Farm, after school hours, and daily from 11.30 am – 5pm during holidays (weather permitting). It will be transported to outlying villages on demand and based on need. Volunteers will be trained to be able to erect, dismantle, transport and supervise the skatepark to ensure its sustainability.

York and Selby Integrated Offender Management Gym Memberships

£800 funding awarded

Supporting a diversionary approach to reducing re-offending, this project will provide the opportunity for a targeted group of offenders the chance to use a local gym to exercise and use their time differently, maintaining mental health and physical wellbeing. Funding will be used to purchase Gym Memberships through the local council authorities to support collaborative working.

The project aims to support a long-term, positive change in offending behaviour to a target group of individuals.  If an offender maintains the engagement that is required by Agencies involved, adheres to the conditions of any orders given and remains offence free, then the chance to possess one of the gym passes for a month will be given and regularly reviewed. If any new offences or charges are made against the offender, access to this project will be removed and needs will be re-assessed.

Those taking part will gain training and experience of physical training equipment. Supporting rehabilitation and positive physical and mental health, the opportunity will provide the change in lifestyle that some may need, with the aim of reducing re-offending and ensuring a more constructive use of time, focusing on healthier lifestyles.

First Light Trust Marching Forward, Countywide

£2,476 funding awarded

FirstLight’s mission is to provide holistic support and rehabilitate veterans, and those transitioning out of the both the Armed Forces and the Emergency Services, enabling them to move back into their community and support independence.

Funding will support the purchase of new equipment for the hub, which veterans, together with the general public, can access seven days a week and meet others, access initial support and receive onward referral as appropriate, reducing feelings of isolation.

The atmosphere resembles a NAAFI, whereby stories and memories are shared.  The items purchased will be accessible for all and will enable Veterans to wash and dry clothing, and to cook basic food meals, using produce from the community garden. Funding will also pay for a carpet for the social room, which is being prepared for training sessions and social activities.  The room will be made available for local groups and charities for a small fee.

Providing this much needed provision, particularly during the winter months, stops vulnerable individuals feeling isolated, encourages healthy eating and reduces electricity bills for many with limited income, supporting the Police and Crime Plan aim of Caring about the Vulnerable.

For further information, please contact First Light Trust: www.firstlighttrust.co.uk

Wake-Up Call, North Yorkshire Youth

£17,159 funding  awarded

Funding will support the countywide pilot and roll out of Wake up Call; a 4-week course for young people at risk of disengagement, school exclusion and those engaging in low level racist/ political behaviour or hate crime.  The course sits in the pre Prevent space focussing on the lower level hate crime agenda, a key priority of North Yorkshire Police’s Children and Young People’s strategy and North Yorkshire Youth Commission.

Supporting the Police and Crime plan objective to reduce harm to those at greater risk, the programme aims include re-routing negative views, beliefs and behaviour into positive attitudes used in young people’s daily life. Sessions will look at views of hate crime, faith, racism and disorder from different perspectives, through an interactive, train the trainer approach built around a number of thought provoking and creative activities.

12 ‘train the trainer’ sessions will be delivered in 2020 to practitioners who will then deliver the module to targeted young people, enhancing the sustainability of the project.  This will be supported by NYY Youth Mentors who can deliver this module in a 1-2-1 environment to supplement their work with hard to reach young people and Youth Commissioners will be invited to peer educate young people using their Hate crime workshop.

Bradley Parish Councils, Traffic Island, Craven

£3,000 funding awarded

As part of a wider road safety project, funding will support safety improvements to a dangerous road junction, with risk of traffic accidents reported through local consultation as residents greatest safety concern.

Installation of traffic calming measures aim to improve the safety of this junction for pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles occupants.  It is particularly hazardous for pedestrians due to the volume of fast-flowing traffic and the presence of a busy junction and a bus stop with no layby. This is particularly dangerous for children, the elderly and less mobile.

The project aims to support the local residents to feel and be safer in their local community, a key priority of the Police and Crime Plan

Sutton Bank Variable Management Signs, Hambleton

£5,000 funding awarded

As part of a wider road safety project to enhance local residents’ safety, funding will support the installation of Variable Management Signs connected to sensors in the road on Sutton Bank, to provide fast and up to date road traffic information to approaching vehicles when blockages occur.

Advance information will protect road users from unexpected impediment to the safe, free passage of the highway according to regulations for the Primary Route Network; it will allow approaching vehicles to reroute safely, and it will reduce consequent diversions through unsuitable routes adversely affecting other local communities.

The project aims to support the local residents to feel and be safer in their local community, a key priority of the Police and Crime Plan.

Eggborough Village Hall, Security Provision, Selby

£1,880 funding awarded

Aligned to the Community Fund aim of preventing crime and anti-social behaviour, funding will support the improvement of security measures at the village hall, through anti-climb paint and anti-climb deterrent measures.

The project aims to reduce the amount of anti social behaviour taking place around the village hall, damage to users cars and property and provide vulnerable users with an enhanced feeling of safety in their local community .

Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles, Creating Well-rounded young people, Selby

£11,400 funding awarded

Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles aims to reduce anti-social behaviour (ASB) through providing targeted diversionary and engaging activities during school holidays for young people aged 6-17, utilising community assets.  Funding will support the need to fill the gap in ASB prevention and aim to reduce the likelihood of young people committing future offences through early intervention and targeted work.

The project aims to stop the cyclical effect of ASB within sibling groups and target specific individuals to promote positive behaviour change and create well-rounded young people. The project will work with fifteen groups in key primary schools identified through existing statistics, partnerships with teachers and the Safer Selby Hub, ensuring those most in need benefit from the provision.

Split across term time and school holiday provision, a range of diversionary activities within educational and community settings will be delivered.    Workshops will be delivered with each group over 90-minute sessions for 12 consecutive academic weeks covering disciplines including resilience and understanding consequences of ASB, self-esteem, community cohesion/hate crime, personal safety/safety of others and values.

Men’s Lunch Club, The Hut, York

£4,160 funding awarded

The Hut is a members-led, volunteer-based charity bringing creativity and purpose to the lives of adults with enduring mental health conditions and/or learning disabilities.  The project offers support, guidance and advice both, short and long term to vulnerable individuals who are often hard to reach and unable to access other services.

Funding will support expansion of the Men’s Lunch Club; an initiative that operates on a continuous, weekly basis providing opportunity for vulnerable individuals to meet in a safe, confidential, non-judgemental and supportive environment. MLC aims to sustain a free service which adopts an open-door policy, encouraging involvement from vulnerable male adults.

The purpose of Men’s Lunch Club is to promote good mental and physical health through, educational discussions and meaningful activities that involve pertinent topics such as; living a healthier lifestyle, identifying triggers, establishing coping strategies and where and when to seek help.  The aim is to establish a community, a place where help can be sought and a gateway to the rest of The Hut services.

Men’s Lunch Club promotes social inclusion, independence and a sense of belonging, supporting the key Police and Crime Plan aim of Caring about the Vulnerable and ensuring effective support to those at greater risk through poor mental health.