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£100,000 awarded to organisations supporting police across Thames Valley

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Oct 7, 2022

Over £100,000 has been awarded to organisations supporting police priorities across Thames Valley.

Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Thames Valley, Matthew Barber, and Chief Constable, John Campbell, have awarded voluntary and community organisations £100,073 in the second round of this year’s Community Fund.

The Community Fund provides biannual funding to voluntary and community groups that help to achieve the objectives of the PCC’s Police and Criminal Justice Plan.

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The money for the scheme comes from the sale of stolen property that cannot be returned to its rightful owners.

Over 100 organisations applied to the latest round of the Community Fund, with 25 organisations successful in receiving funding to support one of the PCC’s Police and Criminal Justice Plan priorities.

Strong local policing, fighting serious organised crime, fighting fraud and cybercrime, improving the criminal justice system and tackling illegal encampments.

Announcing the funding, Mr Barber said: “I’m delighted to be able to award this funding to so many community and voluntary organisations, who provide valuable services across the Thames Valley.

“A key part of my Police & Criminal Justice Plan is to enable organisations to collaborate and tackle issues facing our communities.

“These organisations are all working hard in support of my Police & Criminal Justice Plan priorities for the region.

“It’s great to be able to provide this funding through the Community Fund, which is money that has been recovered from criminals, to support a range of projects across the area.

“I have been able to visit a number of previously funded organisations, to find out how this funding has benefitted them.

“It has allowed many organisations to do some fantastic work in reducing crime and supporting our local communities.

“I look forward to meeting successful recipients at the presentation event in October.”

John Campbell, Chief Constable for Thames Valley Police, said: “Both the Police and Crime Commissioner and I are pleased to announce over £100,000 has been awarded to 25 voluntary and community groups across the Thames Valley.

“This funding will help a number of projects which will contribute to the prevention of crime and protection of the vulnerable, in line with the PCC’s priorities.”

Successful recipients have been invited to attend a presentation ceremony on the morning of Friday 14th October in Reading, Berkshire.

For a full list of organisations who have been awarded funding, please view the Community Fund Decision Paper.

In March 2019, Homeless Oxfordshire received a grant of £1,000 from the Community Fund, then known as the Police Property Act Fund.

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This story was written by Matthew Norman, he joined the team in 2022 as a Facebook community reporter.

Matthew covers Bicester and focuses on finding stories from diverse communities.

Get in touch with him by emailing: Matthew.norman@newsquest.co.uk

Follow him on Twitter: @OxMailMattN1

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