£3k grants boost Wiltshire organisations for children

Wiltshire Times: Angus Macpherson, Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon Angus Macpherson, Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon

Wiltshire organisations which provide opportunities for children have been awarded grants of up to £3,000 from the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Fund.

Those getting grants include Community First (Wiltshire); Cross point (Westbury); Devizes Opendoor (Devizes); Kandu Arts (Chippenham); Open Blue Trust (Calne); Seeds4Success (South West Wiltshire); West Lavington Youth Club (Lavingtons) Wiltshire Racial Equality (Wiltshire); and the Youth Adventure Trust (Wiltshire and Swindon).

The Community Foundation for Wiltshire and Swindon administers the fund, which is aimed at helping local groups address crime and anti-social behaviour, and improve personal and community security.

It raises funds through the sale of unclaimed lost property and makes grants twice a year.

Angus Macpherson, Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon, said: "I’m very pleased that this fund can support these initiatives, the majority of which seek to challenge anti-social behaviour especially by young people.

"I continue to believe that community led projects are the best way of building stronger and safer communities and engaging with, rather than excluding young people from community activities is key to success. “

Devizes Open Door also benefited from additional funding from the High Sheriff’s Fund.

 

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