Helping hand for groups that assist in reducing crime

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A RANGE of support organisations in Northumberland could benefit from a new community fund.

It has been launched by the Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird, and it is available to groups whose activities or projects help her police and crime plan within their neighbourhood.

These include initiatives that provide support to victims, help tackle anti-social behaviour, deal with domestic and sexual abuse, promote crime prevention or help reduce crime.

Charities, voluntary groups, community organisations and social enterprises are invited to apply for up to £2,000.

Ms Baird said: “I want the groups and organisations that support the priorities set out in my police and crime plan to know how much I appreciate the work they are doing.

“These priorities were influenced by what members of the public told me were the issues they wanted to see police do more about and the groups and projects that support this work are crucial.

“It is only right they should be rewarded for the fantastic things they do in our neighbourhoods and communities and I hope the funding will help them do even more.

“I want to hear from those who provide activities for young people who would otherwise be hanging around on the streets and become involved in crime, make sure victims of domestic and sexual abuse have the help and support they need, or bring together a community to help reduce crime.”

Further information about the commissioner’s community fund, including details about the application process, are available online at

The closing date for applications is Friday, November 29.