Pre-Arrest Drug Diversion

The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner wants to commission a Pre-Arrest Drug Diversion service for the West Midlands Police force area. This programme arises from one of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s eight Drug Policy Recommendations (2018) and forms part of a wider diversion, prevention and intervention strategy, managed by West Midlands Police, which is aimed at reducing offending, reoffending and harm.

This will be a grant funded project.

Applicants are asked to read the grant specification and then fill in and return the application form. The closing date for written applications is noon on the 19th of August 2020. Successful applicants will then be expected to attend an online interview. Interviews will take place on the w/c 24th August. After this, a provider will be selected.

Notification of interviews will be sent out no later than 5pm on the 21st of August.

The total grant value is £60,000 for a 12 month period.

Please send all written submissions to Dan Gordon on the following email:

If you have any questions about the specification or the application process, please email Dan Gordon on:

Specification and Application Form


Peer Support Network Project

As part of a serious youth violence pathfinder with the Youth Justice Board and seven Youth Offending Services, the West Midlands Violence Reduction Unit (WMVRU) via the Office of the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner wants to commission an innovative parenting peer support offer to parents who have children known to, or at risk of involvement in the youth justice system.

The VRU is looking to work with a provider who will show creativity and innovation, and has a proven track record of successful engagement with parents and families from diverse backgrounds.  The agreed concept has arisen via informal feedback from parents with children in the youth justice system, who said that traditional methods of parenting support did not meet their particular needs or speak to their reality.   This project seeks to develop and deliver a modern, innovative and engaging parenting offer, including peer support elements. By the end of Year 2 it would be expected that a selection of parents engaged in the project would be trained by the provider to help facilitate sessions.

The intention for this project is to be two years in duration and a delivery plan should be developed on that basis ensuring full geographical coverage, at up to £150,000 per year.  Funding for year two of the contract between the VRU and the identified provider is however dependent on the grant for year 2 being released from the Youth Justice Board.  It is expected therefore that Year 1 will show demonstrable deliverables in its own right and have an evaluative element for capturing and disseminating learning.   Upon the achievement of the second year of grant, the project would continue as per the initial two year plan, or an agreed evolution.  Funding ends after two years, however it would be expected that the provider would be actively working with the YOTs and VRU to identify alternative funding streams or sustainability through those parents engaged with the project.

The deadline for submission has been extended.  Please send completed form by 14th August 2020 at 5pm to email: 

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Application Documents