During the financial year 2020/21, the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) allocated funding to a range of community projects.
In total, community projects throughout the force area received more than £71,000.
Funding was allocated to the following:
- Men Active Now
- Fighting Chance
- MFC Kicks
- Hartlepool Kicks
- Make West View Welcoming Project
- Emergency packs for victims of trafficking
- Clean Slate Solutions
- International Football Tournament
- Tees River Rescue
Funding allocated during 2020/21
Grants were given to the following:
Men Active Now
Community Ventures (CV) is based in Thorntree, Middlesbrough. It provides a base for voluntary organisations to offer training, outreach activities, and wrap-around specialist support. Funding will pay for a tutor; fitness coaches and gym hire for a year.
Recipient: Community Ventures (CV)
2020-21 Funding: £8,736
Fighting Chance at Billingham Boxing Club provides a base to take young people off the streets. The project encourages them to exercise, learn new skills and socialise.
As a result of PCC funding. the club can buy equipment for the new gym.
Recipient: Billingham Boxing Club
2020-21 Funding: £6,500
Middlesbrough Football Club (MFC) Foundation launched Kicks in 2006. It’s a national initiative funded by the Premier League.
The project uses football and the brand of a professional football club to engage with eight to 18-year-olds in deprived areas.
Many of the young people, who attend Kicks, are at risk of offending or are known offenders. As a result, benefits of the project include a reduction in youth crime and anti-social behaviour in the targeted areas. This also improves community cohesion.
Recipient: Middlesbrough Football Club Foundation
2020-21 Funding: £24,000.00
Hartlepool United Community Sports Foundation is the charitable arm of Hartlepool United FC. It promotes the club in the community and delivers positive activities for people of all ages and backgrounds.
Hartlepool Kicks runs sports activities in targeted areas of Hartlepool. Community-based, evening sessions use sport to engage young people. In turn, this helps to reduce youth crime and anti-social behaviour.
Recipient: Hartlepool United Community Sports Foundation
2020-21 Funding: Hartlepool Kicks
Make West View Welcoming Project
West View Project (WVP) aims to improve the lives and lifestyle choices of disadvantaged children in Hartlepool.
Funding will allow WVP to expand its age-appropriate programmes to five to seven-year-olds, eight to 11-year-olds and 12 to19-year-olds.
Funding will cover the cost of refreshments, volunteer expenses and resources for a total of 36 sessions to be delivered over six weeks.
Recipient: Make West View Welcoming Project
2020-21 Funding: £2,500
Emergency packs for victims of trafficking
Middlesbrough Soroptimists provide Cleveland Police with emergency packs to give to victims of trafficking.
Packs include basic clothing, toiletries, £5 in cash and a mobile telephone. Funding was awarded over two, in-year applications.
Recipient: Middlesbrough Soroptimists
2020-21 Funding: £4,850
Clean Slate Solutions
Clean Slate Solutions is a not-for-profit organisation. It is committed to reducing re-offending and making the community a safer place.
It aims to place people with criminal convictions into employment.
Recipient: Clean Slate Solutions
2020-21 Funding: £8,200
Wicketz uses cricket to engage with young people aged eight to19. It targets those, who have experienced deprivation and disadvantage across Hartlepool.
Funding will be used to create opportunities for young disabled people and those from deprived areas. This will allow them to engage in sport and recreational activities in their local communities.
As a result, Wicketz will support some of the most marginalised and at-risk young people while also helping to improve community cohesion.
Recipient: The Lord’s Taverners
2020-21 Funding: £7,000
International Football Tournament
Established in 2006, charity Justice First works with people in the Tees Valley, who are seeking asylum.
The charity received funding to help pay for an annual, multi-cultural football tournament.
As a result of the award, the PCC paid for pitch hire including referees, catering and travel costs for 200 attendees.
Recipient: Justice First
2020-21 Funding: £1,600
Tees River Rescue
Tees River Rescue plans to deploy an independent, inland patrol, search and rescue boat on the River Tees.
It provides routine public safety patrols along an18-mile stretch of river. However, patrols are not designed to replace existing provision but provide a complimentary service.
As a result of funding, the project can buy personal protective equipment for a crew of six as well as purchase rescue safety equipment.
Recipient: Tees River Rescue
2020-21 Funding: £3,700