Fund to tackle gangs and violence available
The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner is to
spend a quarter of a million pounds ensuring Birmingham children
don't get involved in gangs and violence.
David Jamieson is inviting third sector organisations in the
city to bid for a share of the money which must be spent keeping
young people away from crime.
The cash is part of the PCC's £2 million investment over two
years which was announced last December.
The Commissioner will pay voluntary and community groups to
provide activities for children in areas with high levels of crime.
These might include sporting activities, education or training.
David Jamieson is also looking for organisations to support
children who are at risk of exclusion or are beginning to take part
in criminal activity.
Projects which support parents and families to empower their
children will also be rolled out.
The investment follows an increase in gun crime in the West
Midlands of almost 50% since 2012. Whilst knife crime has risen by
75% over the same period.
The bidding process is open to all community and voluntary
sector organisations including community groups, faith groups,
not-for-profit organisations, community interest companies and
The PCC has pledged to spend £2 million tackling violent crime.
Amongst a growing list of projects already underway include placing
youth workers in Accident and Emergency departments to spot young
people caught up in gang culture, peer to peer mentoring in schools
to prevent pupils from getting caught up in violence and the
continual roll out of weapon surrender bins.
Commenting on the £250,000 investment, David Jamieson said: "I'm
very pleased to announce another significant tranche of funding can
now be released as part of my bid to tackle gangs and violence.
"It is no secret that violent crime is rising in the West
Midlands. Whilst the police play a vital role in providing a robust
response to criminals it is vital we also help people make the
right choices and steer clear of criminal activity.
"I am confident this money will pay for projects which will do
Any organisation wishing to bid can attend an information event
on Monday 5th November at BVSC, 138 Digbeth, B5 6DR.
Whilst the funding currently available for the Police and Crime
Commissioner to spend will go some way to stem the rising levels of
violent crime he has also repeatedly asked the Home Secretary to
match fund his pledge.
You can get tickets to the event