Cottage Grove Primary School won the public vote at the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Safer Together event on Saturday 18 May 2019. The primary school was one of three shortlisted projects that attended the event and gained 50% of the public votes to be awarded the funding of £500.
The Cottage Grove Primary School Pastoral Support Team will use the funding to create a safe pastoral space to provide vulnerable pupils with a nurturing environment to receive much needed support. The space will be created by purchasing some outdoor furniture and accessories for use during the day.
Michael Lane, Police and Crime Commissioner commented on awarding the funding, “This is a very worthy and important project, and I am pleased to support Cottage Grove Primary School and its pupils. The well-being and supportive care of young people is of upmost importance and the earlier the support starts to keep them safer, the better.
“All three of the projects that were shortlisted provide valuable local services that help to create safer communities and reduce demand on stretched public services. My thanks to local residents who joined us on the day to vote for the project that they felt deserved the additional funding, and to discover more about a range of services in their community that support the vulnerable, work with those at risk of offending and help victims of crime, all of which help to reduce the demand on policing.”
On winning the funding, Polly Honeychurch, Head Teacher of Cottage Grove Primary School, commented, “This funding will go towards creating a new outdoor space to support the vital work of our Pastoral Support Team. I am very grateful to the Police and Crime Commissioner for the opportunity to take part in the public vote and wish to thank the many members of the public who supported us on the day.”