PCC's Community Action Fund

Each year, I award funds to community and voluntary groups who support the delivery of my Police and Crime Plan using money raised through the sale of lost property. 

Projects bid for a grant up to a maximum of £3,000 and tackle issues such as:

  • anti-social behaviour
  • crime in local neighbourhoods
  • drug and alcohol related crime
  • re-offending
  • violence against women and girls
  • youth crime

Further details on this grant, including how to apply, can be found here

2019-20

Organisation Amount Project Summary
Inner Flame £2,800 Inner Flame run the Prince's Trust team programme for 16-25 year olds to help them develop the skills required for both independent life and work. The grant help with the costs of delivering the course.
Royal Wootton Bassett Sea Cadets £3,000 The Royal Wootton Bassett Sea Cadets offer two sessions per week for young people to engage in a range of development opportunities around marine activities. Funding will be towards the cost of creating a new storage facility for their equipment   and a new classroom for their weekly sessions.
Doorway Wiltshire £3,000 Doorway is based in Chippenham and runs two weekly drop-in sessions for homeless and/or vulnerable adults providing food, personal hygiene & laundry facilities, activities, support and advice. Funding will be towards staff costs for their two support workers to provide 1:1 support to guests.
Wiltshire Youth For Christ £3,000 Wiltshire Youth for Christ provide a range of services to young people primarily in the West Wiltshire and Devizes areas. The grant requested is to support the salary costs of the full time Youth Worker who co-ordinates delivery of mobile work.
Prime Theatre £3,000 Prime Theatre Company (established 1986) provides educational productions, workshops and a youth theatre for young people in the Swindon area. Funding is towards the production of an educational film and lesson pack for targeted use in all secondary and post 16 provision in Swindon as part of wider programme in Swindon to raise awareness of exploitation from county lines.
The Platform Project CIC £3,000 The Platform Project helps young people develop confidence and employability skills through enterprise challenges. The grant will contribute to the cost of the premises rent for the next 12 months.
The Open Door Centre £3,000 Open Door provides a drop-in day resource for people with learning disabilities in Swindon offering social opportunities as well as support and signposting covering a wide range
Salisbury Museum £1,700 Salisbury Museum employs a Community Curator to improve access to their facilities by underrepresented groups. Funding will be towards a pilot project in partnership with the Youth Offending Team using photography to engage young people at risk of offending or exploitation in Tidworth.
Total: £22,500  

2018-2019

Organisation Project Name Brief Summary of Project Amount Requested
Wiltshire Youth for Christ Potterne Youth Club Remuneration for youth worker one day a week to plan, organise and deliver youth club sessions (8 hours) £7,366
Trowbridge Community Area Future Brighter Aspirations 14 Fund qualified youth worker until 31st March 2018 to further develop youth provision and recruitment and training of volunteers to ensure provision is sustainable £9,524
The Nelson Trust Women's Centre, Swindon Connect and Thrive Establishment of IT suite at Swindon Women's Centre to help address issues of poor academic achievement / lack of formal qualifications for women engaged with Nelson Trust £9,351
Wessex Community Action Amesbury Youth Café Youth Café gives young people a safe and dry place to meet with their peers and access basic leisure facilities at no cost £8,552
Young Melksham Teen Talk Counselling & Listening and Support Service Expansion of service to offer support to young people from Bradford on Avon / Trowbridge area with an increased dedicated counselling offer based in Melksham £5,000

2017-18

Organisation Amount Project Summary
Waste Not Want Not £1,250 Waste Not Want Not (WNWN) collects unwanted furniture and household goods to pass on at affordable prices to people on low income. It is staffed mainly by volunteers, including offering work experience to ex-offenders, children at risk of school exclusion and the long term unemployed. Funding will contribute towards running costs.
The Open Door Centre £3,000 The Open Door Centre is a day centre for adults with learning disabilities in Swindon, providing activities and nurturing independence. Funding will go towards employing an activities co-ordinator.
Swindon 105.5 £1,070 Swindon 105.5 is an inclusive community radio station contributing to the cultural life of Swindon and offering training and volunteering opportunities to a wide range of local people. Funding will contribute to the costs of training and support for young people.
SMASH Youth Project £3,000 SMASH offering mentoring and activities to young people aged 9 - 19 years who are disadvantaged and falling short of reaching their potential. SMASH supports young people to build confidence and self esteem, take on new challenges and broaden their horizons. Funding will support the costs of a volunteer recruitment campaign.
Salisbury Street Pastors £2,800 Salisbury Street Pastors is part of a national church-based scheme, training and supporting volunteers to care for people late at night in the city centre. Funding will go towards the cost of training and uniforms.
Swindon 10 - 18 Project (STEP) £2,950 Swindon STEP provides therapeutic intervention work to vulnerable children and young people with a range of problems. Funding will meet the costs of developing and running sessions focussed on preventing children and young people from becoming involved in criminal activities or anti-social behaviour.
The New Mechanics Institution Preservation Trust Ltd £3,000 The New Mechanics Institute charity works in the railway village in Swindon, focussed on plans to restore the New Mechanics Institute and community development based in the Central Community Centre. A grant will fund a weekly youth club.
Youth Adventure Trust £2,500 Youth Adventure Trust works with vulnerable and/or disadvantaged young people, aged 11-14, helping them develop life skills, confidence and self-esteem through a programme of outdoor and residential activities. Funding would go towards the first 2 months' salary costs of a manager to run a pilot mentoring project.
Swindon City of Sanctuary £2,550 Swindon City of Sanctuary is a recently formed organisation working to welcome, include and support those seeking refuge in Swindon, particularly those granted refugee status. Funding will meet the costs of weekly "We are open" social events in a local coffee shop.
Total: £22,120