Should you wish to apply and require assistance in completing the paperwork or statistics to evidence the need for your project please contact a Community Safety Officer who will be happy to help, on 01723 232326.
Julia Mulligan, the Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, will launch her new Community Fund tomorrow (9 May) at the Henshaws Arts and Crafts Centre in Knaresborough.
Local community groups, individuals and organisations will be able to apply for grants of between £500 and £20,000 for one-off projects that help keep their local communities safer.
Julia commented “I am delighted to be able to launch my fund; I’m hoping to support a wide range of projects across the county and the City of York. In fact, we’ve already had interest from nearly 50 people including for a skate park, alley gates in York, a group wanting to put offenders to work refurbishing a cycle park, anger management courses for domestic abuse offenders, activities to reduce hate crime and equipment to help keep young people busy over the summer holidays. If you have an idea or project then I’d very much like to hear from you.”
“I am able to launch the fund because this year, our government grant was slightly better than expected. At the moment, I know money is hard to find for community projects so I am very pleased to be able to support people in this way. The fund is one of the things I promised to do in my police and crime plan, which is all about keeping people safe and helping them to feel safe.”
“I’m also making it as easy as possible for people to be successful in securing the money via a Helpline and offering a single point of contact to help oversee each project. All you need to do is call 101 and ask for the Community Fund. We’ll then guide you through the process. Alternatively simply google ‘Julia Mulligan’ to find my website.”
Road Safety Week 2013
The Safer Communities Partnership is supporting Road Safety Week which runs from the 6th to the 12th of May.
This years Road Safety Week is aiming to draw attention to the need to better protect pedestrians worldwide, and contribute to achieving the goal of the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 to save 5 million lives.
Nationally, there has been a consistently downward trend with the number of pedestrians being killed or injured reducing every year since 2004, until 2011 when the numbers rose, particularly the number of pedestrians killed or seriously injured which increased in 2011 by 5.4% compared to the previous year. Within Scarborough Borough the number of serious pedestrian casualties involving children, young people and those aged 50+ has increased.
Of huge concern is the number of pedestrian casualties aged 11-15 years. This is the age when young people are starting to travel around on their own or in groups with their friends. They are much more likely to make the journey to and from school by themselves than in primary school but need to gain the experience and skills to judge speed and distance and spot risky situations so that they can do so safely. In addition to this the increasing use of headphones by young people when walking to listen to music or use a mobile phone can reduce their ability to hear the warning sounds of traffic
In support of this week the CFOA themes are centred around;
- Let’s look out for each other (young children / pedestrians)
- Distraction to Destruction (young drivers and the impact on pedestrians)
As part of our support for the week, we’ll be undertaking various activities throughout the county in partnership with 95 Alive, the York and North Yorkshire Road Safety Partnership.
These activities will include road safety demonstrations in York, Richmond, Malton and Selby and use of specialist speed monitoring equipment in Richmond, Hambleton and Scarborough.
STALKING is now a criminal offence.
The new legislation also includes a more serious offence of stalking involving fear of violence or serious alarm or distress.
Stalking can include:
- Publishing material relating to the victim
- Interfering with property
- Watching or spying
Stalking can range from a hello in the street to acts of violence. The acts in themselves do not have to be criminal and often the police will be presented with a set of occurrences that is not necessarily recognised as a crime.
Changes to the Protection from Harassment ACT 1987 have introduced two new offences of ‘stalking’.
For further information please contact the National Stalking Helpline on Tel: 08088020300 or www.stalkinghelpline.org
The Helpline can provide guidance on:
- The law in relation to stalking and harassment
- Reporting stalking or harassment
- Effective gathering of evidence
- Ensuring your personal safety and that of your friends and family
- Practical steps to reduce the risk
This plan is your Police and Crime Commissioner, Julia Mulligan’s strategy for
making our area safer.
As your Commissioner, Julia is required to publish a plan that sets out how the
police, Community Safety Partnerships and other partners in the criminal justice
system will work together to reduce crime across North Yorkshire.
Download the Police and Crime Plan.
Members of the community are invited to get involved in an exciting new project called Barrowcliff Angels. Volunteers will be given full training which will commence in April on a Wednesday evening and the commitment will not be expected to be greater than 3 to 4 hours on one day each month during the daytime.
Anyone wishing to become involved as a volunteer in any capacity should contact Mike Leigh on 01723 363205 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Claire Stainsby on 01723 361841 (email@example.com).
We can all Love Our Streets – taking responsibility for our community, bringing colour to the world around you, caring for your neighbours, picking up litter, becoming a nicer driver, saying thank you, engaging in conversation with the shop-keeper not your mobile phone! For further information about the small things we can all do to help make our communities friendlier places please check out the website www.loveyourstreets.org.uk.
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