Police Commissioner awards money to local charities

By Jamie Hill - 27 September 2019


More than 22 thousand pounds has been given to local charities through the Police and Crime Commissioner Grants for this year.

Angus Macpherson awarded a total £22,500 to a selection of good causes across Swindon and Wiltshire from funds from the Police Property Act (see notes to editors). 

2019 Recipients: 

Inner Flame Prince's Trust team - £2,800 will be used to run a 12-week personal development course for unemployed young people in Swindon aged 16 - 24 to help them obtain work and live independently. 

Royal Wootton Bassett Sea Cadets - £3,000 will be used to build a new boat shed, "quiet room" for cadets who need time away from distraction and noise and a new classroom for cadets to learn. 

Doorway Wiltshire provides a drop-in service for homeless people in Chippenham - £3,000 will be used to contribute towards the cost of a support worker. 

Salisbury Museum - £1,700 will be used to support a pilot project in partnership with the Youth Offending Team using photography to engage young people at risk of offending or exploitation in Tidworth. 

The Platform Project helps young people in Swindon improve their confidence, skills and learning through business, enterprise challenges - £3,000 will contribute towards rent on new premises. 

Prime Theatre provides educational productions, workshops and a youth theatre for young people in Swindon - £3,000 will help pay for a new film and educational resource which will be used in secondary schools and colleges to raise awareness of exploitation from County Lines. 

The Open Door Centre provides drop-in day facilities for people with learning disabilities in Swindon - £3,000 will go towards staff costs for their Activity Co-ordinators. 

Wiltshire Youth for Christ provides services to young people in the West Wiltshire and Devizes area - £3,000 will be used to support the staff costs of a Youth Worker and the Pop-Up Van mobile facility. 

Angus said: "Every year my office looks at a number of local projects which seek to bring communities together to help improve lives and tackle major issues like: anti-social behaviour, drug and alcohol related crimes and youth crime. 

"Every applicant we consider through these grants is worth while and working with the Wiltshire Community Foundation we go through the agonising task of having to select the ones from a long list for the year - sadly, not everyone can receive funding. 

"The money will go to some very worth while causes which will make a difference to the lives of some living here. 

"I am pleased to say that this year's recipients are evenly split between Swindon and Wiltshire - ensuring an even spread of money across the county." 

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