Following 23 applications from voluntary and third sector organisations for funding towards specialist victim services, 7 have been shortlisted to present their application to the South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner’s Victim’s Fund Panel. The fun …
Following 23 applications from voluntary and third sector organisations for funding towards specialist victim services, 7 have been shortlisted to present their application to the South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner’s Victim’s Fund Panel.
The fund, now in its second year, was this year launched in March 2017 by the South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner and is again being managed by Community Foundation in Wales. Applications for Grants of between £5,000 – £30,000 were welcomed from voluntary and third sector organisations to support new or existing projects that work with individuals who have been directly or indirectly affected by crime.
Today the shortlisted organisations presented their ideas to the room and explain how their projects seeks to help victims in South Wales cope and recover from what they have experienced.
The successful organisations will receive grant funding to deliver their projects over the next 12 months and will provide updates on the difference their work is making to victims.
Those shortlisted for funding are: Welsh Women’s Aid, Cardiff Mind, Calan DVS, Theatre versus Oppression, Safer Merthyr Tydfil, Atal y Fro and New Pathways.
The judging panel, which is made of victims of crime, will judge each application on its merits and will be looking for innovative ideas for projects that would complement existing support services for victims.
Commenting on the event South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner, Alun Michael said:
“In February 2016, in partnership with the Community Foundation in Wales, I had the privilege of launching the victim’s fund. The fund has allowed for creativity in responding to the diverse needs of victims while building the capacity of voluntary and community organisations in South Wales. I am delighted to support the fund for a second year and it is again refreshing to see the innovation and commitment of those who strive to advance the services available to those impacted by crime.
“Our approach in South Wales is one of early intervention and prompt, positive action, where we understand the benefits of working with others to ensure that people get the support they need, when they need it. Improving services for victims is a key priority within the Police & Crime Reduction Plan and I look forward to seeing how the work funded through this event is able to make a real difference to those affected by crime across our communities.”
Liza Kellett Chief Executive of the Community Foundation in Wales who manages the fund added:
“It has been a pleasure to develop this fund alongside the South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner’s team to support voluntary and third sector organisations to develop specialist services for victims of crime across South Wales. We are delighted that following the success of last year the fund has been made available again and look forward to hearing from those organisations that have been shortlisted to present their exciting and innovative projects this year.”
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