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15 grassroot organisations receive share of £90,000

A £90,000 fund, from Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion match funded by Worcestershire Community Foundation, has been distributed to support grassroot organisations and small groups to deliver innovative projects to unite communities and prevent crime across Worcestershire.

The Inclusive Communities Fund, focussing on creating safer and stronger communities, created enormous interest in the county. Groups and charities sought funding of more than £400,000, with fifty bids being submitted in total.

The process of assessing the bids was managed by Worcestershire Community Foundation. After careful consideration, grants of between £1,000 and £7,000 were awarded to fifteen organisations for projects throughout the county in Worcester, Stourport, Bromsgrove, Redditch, Kidderminster, Wyre Forest, Malvern and, Evesham.

Successful grantees and their named projects are:

  • Aurum: Support Groups.
  • Bromsgrove & Redditch Welcomes Refugees: Refujuice.
  • Maggs Day Centre: Maggs Project.
  • Mentor Link: Volunteer Recruitment Project.
  • Oasis Community Hub Warndon: Incredible Edibles.
  • Open Trail: Burlish Bike Park and Outdoor Community Centre.
  • Our Way Self Advocacy: Our Stories About Keeping Safe.
  • Sandycroft: The Eve Project.
  • St Paul’s Hostel: Integrative Wellbeing Coaching.
  • Stepway: Community Garden Project.
  • The Hub Bromsgrove: LGBTQ+ Youth.
  • Worcester Community Trust: International Women’s Group.
  • Worcester Theatres Charitable Trust: Saucy – Queer Arts Worcester Style (Phase 2).
  • Wyre Forest and South Worcestershire Nightstop and Mediation Service: Safe as Houses.
  • Yellow Scarf: Multi-national Walk and Talk.

Innovative projects supported included those working with diverse and marginalised communities, those suffering domestic violence and abuse, young people, refugees, the homeless and rough sleepers, people with autism, veterans, the learning disabled, LGBTQ+ and, low-income families.

David Shaw, Chair of Worcestershire Community Foundation said:

‘We have been delighted to work with the Police and Crime Commissioner to help support some very worthwhile projects helping many of the most vulnerable communities and individuals across the county. The level of interest in the fund and the range of applications we received demonstrates the extraordinary appetite and commitment to help our communities.  We hope that this funding will provide a springboard for new initiatives for the organisations we have been able to support.’

To see more about the fund click https://www.worcscf.org.uk/grants/inclusivecommunitiesfund/.

For more information on WMPCC visit: https://www.westmercia-pcc.gov.uk/.

For more information on how you can get involved with our work please contact Lucy Wells, Director at [email protected] / 07909 111812.

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