Gwent Groups Unite to Celebrate £100k Awards

Representatives from some of the 25 groups awarded funding through the Gwent Police and Crime Commissioner's Partnership Fund met with Ian Johnston and his team during a special networking event organised at Llanhilleth Miners Institute near Abertillery at 6pm on Tuesday evening. In addition to officially announcing the awards, the aim of the event was to celebrate the funding with the Commissioner and share their experiences and ideas with some of the other funded projects(full list of projects funded at end of release).
  
The projects funded support the priorities outlined in the Commissioner's Police and Crime Plan which are that the people of Gwent are satisfied that the police provide a service which meets their requirements; that people in Gwent are less affected by crime; that people in Gwent are less affected by anti-social behaviour; and that people in Gwent are protected from serious harm and that the police service provided is value for money.
  
A grant of £5,000 also goes to Tredegar Boxing Club in Blaenau Gwent. The club was initially set up to address the needs of young people in Tredegar and the surrounding areas and help decrease social deprivation, crime and anti-social behaviour.
 
The grant is being spent on new equipment for the gym, Coaching Education classes and to fund the young members to attend residential boxing camps in England, Scotland and Ireland to improve their fitness, social skills and improve their confidence and boxing skills. The main aim of the project is to engage socially excluded young people in positive physical activities and the project is training volunteers recruiting five unemployed people with a desire to coach and training them to a professional level as volunteer coaches.
  
In Risca a grant of £3,000 is enabling the Risca Street Pastors to recruit a further ten members to help reduce victims of crime and make Risca a safer place to visit. Street Pastors is a Church-backed initiative which works alongside the police and local authorities to promote community safety in town centres.
  
Working in partnership with the Risca Neighbourhood Policing Team, Risca Street Pastors are volunteers from five local churches who give up their time to help people who might be in need of assistance at some point during the evenings. Each volunteer pastor has been trained to help people who may be vulnerable either through alcohol or drugs. They wear high visibility jackets and carry rucksacks containing their kit.
  
In Newport a grant of £3,000 will enable St Julian's and old Barn Community Association (Community Voice) to fund the Friday Night Project where young people can use the Beaufort Community Centre to take part in diversionary activities instead of partaking in anti-social behaviour. The Friday Night Project will provide a film night for youths aged 12 - 18 years old. The evenings will run between 6pm and 10pm in an attempt to engage with youths for the whole evening.
  
And an award of £12,000 also went to South Wales Fire & Rescue Service (SWFRS) and its partners who are using the money on rolling out their flagship project, Bernie, throughout the whole of Gwent. The project helps reduce incidents of deliberate fire setting, anti-social behaviour and criminal damage and follows a successful pilot project ran since 2010 to reduce the number of incidents involving deliberate grass and heath land fires across the service area.
  
Highlighting the importance of the awards, Gwent Police and Crime Commissioner, Ian Johnston, said: "Many of these projects have already generated overwhelmingly positive results within their communities but this vital funding will help them achieve a great deal more. It will complement the hard work they have already dedicated to the cause. We want less victims of crime in our communities and we recognise the fantastic role that volunteers at some of these projects can play in complementing the work of Gwent Police and other local partners in the community.
  
I would also like to give a special mention to representatives from the youth forums in Gwent who played an important role on the decision making board. Finally, I would like to congratulate all the projects awarded and wish them all the best with their work."
  
The Police Commissioner's Partnership Fund was made available in September 2013. Up to £100,000 was made available with the funding split into 2 tiers: Tier 1 was for bids up to £10,000, Tier 2 was for bids from £10,001 to £25,000.The Police Commissioner's Partnership Fund closed for applications on the 18th October 2013 but will be made available again in 2014/15.
 
For further information about the Gwent Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner visit www.gwent.pcc.police.uk . Alternatively you may contact the Commissioner's office directly by phone on 01633 642200 or by email to commissioner@gwent.pnn.police.uk

FULL LIST OF AWARDS:

BID APPLICANT

BIDDING FOR?

AMOUNT AWARDED

LOCALITY

BRFM (Community Radio)

Cover costs of providing workshops to teach variety of 10 skills on a weekly basis

£5,000

Blaenau Gwent

Tredegar Boxing Club

New Equipment for gym, coach education for coaches, to attend residential boxing camps to improve fitness, social skills and confidence levels

£5,000

Blaenau Gwent

Ffrindiau Tyleri

To bring people together at community festivals. To address key issues such as improving education, skills training , active citizenship and community safety through a series of workshops and activities

£2,800

Blaenau Gwent

Air Training Corps 275 Blaina

To purchase rock climbing equipment and wet weather clothing

£5,000

Blaenau Gwent

Tabernacle & Beulah High Five Youth Club

Recruiting additional part time youth worker and assist towards costs of hiring leisure centre indoor hall. Also purchase of additional sports equipment.

£2,000

Caerphilly

Risca Street Pastors (RSP)

RSP's need to recruit a further 10 Street Pastors. This entails purchasing uniforms and providing training which costs å£300 per Street Pastor

£3,000

Caerphilly

Fleur De Lys Amateur Boxing Club

To update and replace training equipment

£2,350

Caerphilly

Markham Rugby Football Club

To supply training facilities and rugby kit

£2,600

Caerphilly

Aber Valley YMCA

To improve musical facility, purchase and upgrade musical equipment and instruments, upgrade the existing recording facility with new equipment

£3,950

Caerphilly

Gwent Police

To rejuvenate a wall at St Martins School (a professional graffiti artist and pupils from the school to design and decorate this area as a graffiti wall)

£600

Caerphilly

Caerphilly Churches Night Shelter

Grant to be shared among seven churches and used to enable them to meet the cost of providing meals, toiletries and laundry cost for night shelters

£4,300

Caerphilly

Gwent Police - For Trecenydd Youth Club

For an outdoor trip at Llangorse, a multi activity centre; children can experience rock climbing, hiking abseiling etc.

£550

Caerphilly

Bridge to Cross Charitable Trust

To purchase a caravan, generator and equipment to kit out the caravan

£5,560

Monmouthshire

Central Kaff Youth Centre

To help create the Reaching out Project in Chepstow. To pay for materials and resources needed to provide activities and any additional costs incurred when carrying out community events such as preventative Halloween activities

£3,000

Monmouthshire

Abergavenny Youth Group

To be largely used for materials and resources for and engagement group to involve young people in a community landscape project; by developing and landscaping the site and educating them

£1,100

Monmouthshire

Cruse Bereavement Care

To run training courses to recruit new volunteers to work in closer partnership with Gwent Police and particular the Missing Persons Project

£3,620

Newport

St Julians and Old Barn Community Association (AKA Community Voice)

To fund the Friday night project : will help fund three youth workers, facility hire for movie night, laptop to run movies, refreshments, 1 year love film subscription

£3,000

Newport

South Wales Fire & Rescue Service

To extend Project Bernie outside of the limited areas of Bargoed and Cefn Forest to several unitary authorities in Gwent

£12,000

Pan Gwent

Torfaen People First

To write and resource a training pack to support the DVD that has been developed raising the issues of bullying and harassment, to be made available throughout the People First Pan Gwent Alliance

£8,000

Pan Gwent

Woodlands Field Ltd (Charity)

To assist the with the running of activities, venue hire, coach and transport hire (for young disadvantaged youths and children)

£7,520

Torfaen

The Dragonffli

To buy in resources to decorate an allocated room for under 18 events to take place. To buy in age related entertainment e.g. pool table, TV. To provide relevant resources to give training in stage set up. To market and publicise events

£3,000.00

Torfaen

Bron Afon Community Housing

To create a defensible space around Woodland Road Retirement Scheme. To also work with the school to cover issues and encourage greater respect for privacy working with the pupils

£2,000.00

Torfaen

Youth Xcelerate

Purchase table tennis table. Also use funding towards setting up another youth club for children age 6 - 9

£1,000.00

Torfaen

Torfaen Warriors Boxing Gym

To purchase a good quality second hand mini bus.

£3,000.00

Torfaen

Torfaen Young Peoples Forum

Produce a DVD & resource pack to raise awareness amongst children and young people of alcohol / drug use and its links to anti-social behaviour and violent crime.

£9,520.00

Torfaen