PCC explains grant priorities for year ahead at network Annual Partnership Day event

​Annual Partnership Day held at Cranfield University

Bedfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Kathryn Holloway invited over 100 partners from across Bedfordshire to her Annual Partnership Day.

During the event (held on Tuesday 11 December 2019), the PCC shared her priorities of her £1.6m grant fund. The partners also had the opportunity to share their own work with one another.

The Commissioner’s focus is on early intervention for 10-13-year-olds to divert them away from gang membership and knife carrying, including an emphasis on out of school activities. The PCC said:

“I need organisations to ask young people themselves what they would actually want to do outside school and make the range of activities wider than simply sports.”

The PCC also wants to focus on the rehabilitation of repeat offenders responsible for a rise in Domestic Abuse countywide over the recent past.

“Where Domestic Abuse is concerned, we have to be honest: what organisations have been offering by way of providing services has created duplication in some areas and gaps in others but, even more importantly, it’s not working where repeat offenders are concerned and they’re the very ones who are responsible for the greatest rise in this crime.”

The PCC stressed that, to qualify for her grants, she needed to see more than one organisation working together. This is to deliver services across the whole county for fair access, as well as building in greater sustainability.

She also confirmed that she will not be spending the entire grant allocation of £1.6m. £300k will be kept back for spending by whoever is PCC after the May 2020 election.

The ‘Open Mic’ sessions at the event enabled organisations to showcase their work:

Family Drug and Alcohol Courts (FDAC) – where judges and support workers work with parents to combat addiction and keep their children in care proceedings

ACES – describing a booklet for schools and youth groups designed to mitigate the effects of adverse early childhood experiences

Safetonet – with their mobile phone app to protect children from harmful content

UNSEEN – the charity working to combat Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery

Reactiv8 – working with prisoners before and after release to help them to change their own views of themselves

Direction for Bedfordshire – the PCC-funded service providing a website and support staff to assist prisoners on release

Luton All Women’s Centre – on working with communities where harmful practises like FGM take place

Bedfordshire Police Organised Crime Tactical Advisor – giving information to partners about known Organised Crime Groups

Anne Frank’s Trust – working in schools to combat hate crime

Families First – working with both male and female victims of domestic abuse

Counselling Foundation – offering one to one support

FACES – supporting families in Bedford and devising out of school activities

Wicketz – gang and crime diversion through cricket

Mary Seacole – offering housing support to young people

Revive Project – Somali community groups who are based at two locations in Luton who support young people and their parents with varying issues. The organisations are keen to support their young with early intervention initiatives. Please email reviveproject@hotmail.com for more information. 

Neighbourhood Watch – helping police to keep neighbourhoods safe and pass on crime intelligence for action

Bedford Open Door – counselling young people

Att10tive – youth work and positive role modelling

Kooth – XenZone is a provider of online mental health services for children, young people and adults. Kooth, from XenZone, is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop and free at the point of use.

Signpost Victim Support Hub – a service set up by the PCC to help all those requiring support following a crime.

More information on applying to the PCC’s Grant Fund can be found here.  Applications close on 10 January 2020.