Police and Crime Commissioner invites the public to vote on local projects to receive funding

13 June 2018

Michael Lane the Police and Crime Commissioner is inviting members of the public to join him at Festival Place, Basingstoke on Tuesday 19 June 2018, to vote on one of four shortlisted projects to receive £500.

Each of the projects are run by organisations operating in the Basingstoke, Hart and Rushmoor areas.

The shortlisted projects that have applied for funding and need public support, are:

  • Vision 4 Youth, Yateley: The funding would be used to provide activities for young people to attend for a week at the end of August during the school summer holidays. This will give young people somewhere to go where they can challenge themselves and take part in positive activity, whilst also providing a wider benefit to the community who would be safer as a result.
  • Inclusion, Aldershot: A substance misuse service for adults in Hampshire. The funding would be used to create a community based music production project with the aim of encouraging service users and people in recovery to engage in positive activities and to promote meaningful use of their time.
  • The Society of St James, North Lane Lodge: Provides nine beds for entrenched rough sleepers offering support to men with complex issues who have been street homeless, street drinking and begging. The funding will pay for equipment that will provide additional activities for the residents of the lodge, including gardening and bbq cooking equipment, second hand garden games and acupuncture equipment.
  • Oakridge Infant School, Basingstoke: The school wants to ensure its children are educated in the importance of Road Safety so they can keep themselves and each other safe. Parking issues at the school site are causing lots of problems for our local residents and people park inconsiderately and dangerously. The funding would be used to purchase free standing and eye-catching signage to stop people parking on verges and kerbs.

The three of the four shortlisted projects will join almost 20 other partnership organisations at the Safer Together 18 event at Festival Place, all of which are funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner to:

  • Support the vulnerable
  • Help victims of crime on their recovery journey
  • Work with those at risk of offending, helping them avoid triggers that might otherwise lead them into anti-social behaviour or crime
  • Enable the constabulary to focus on policing – identifying threats and risks, protecting the community and pursuing those who wish us harm.

Michael Lane said:

“I would encourage as many local people as possible from the surrounding areas to show their support for these projects that help to create vibrant, resilient and safer communities and to come and vote on a project that they would like to see supported.”

“There are many great initiatives and projects already in operation that help keep us safer, and equally lots of innovative and creative ideas for new projects. Sometimes is just takes a small amount of financial support to get something started or help an existing scheme to make a bigger impact. Please join us on Tuesday 19 June at Safer Together 18 to place your vote and ensure one of the four projects receives £500.”

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