WVSC is working with the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) to deliver the next round of the Active Citizens Programme in Wolverhampton. Funding is available to support ideas around ‘making your community safer’ and ‘encouraging volunteering communities’. The PCC key priorities and themes for Wolverhampton are around reducing anti-social behaviour, knife crime and showing positive youth intervention as ‘Active Citizens’ in helping to bring about change and activate communities.

 

The fund is aimed at:
·     Initiatives that will increase community cohesion e.g. community get-togethers, promoting ‘neighbourhood watch’, etc.
·     Volunteer-led activities to engage specific groups within your community that could help lead to a reduction in anti-social behaviour.
·     Resources and/or equipment purchases to enable community/volunteer-led projects to be delivered at a local level
Examples of what has been funded in the past include:
·     A project in Ashmore Park where volunteers organised a local evening walk with young and older people to build relationships and show the estate as a safe place
·     A volunteer led sports programme for young people in Low Hill to reduce crime/ASB
Over the next few weeks and months WVSC will be delivering several community engagement activity sessions where you can come to share and discuss your ideas with like-minded people and work towards developing your solutions to local needs.

The community engagement activity sessions will be followed up at a later date, with a ‘dragon’s den’ style community panel where you can pitch your idea. The community panel (about 3 people) will include local people. There will be full support for individuals and/or groups of local people to develop and present their ideas in the lead up to the ‘dragon’s den’ style events. If you are successful, you can start immediately.

We will be running our first community engagement activity session in the afternoon at the Makeshift Event which takes place from 10am – 4pm on Saturday 11th November 2017 at the Bob Jones Centre.

Book your free place here.

Depending on the outcome, we will aim to mirror the session with a dragon’s den style community panel to hear from individuals and groups of people on their applications.

What’s more, this fund is open to individuals and groups of people who do not have a constitution or a bank account. If you are successful, WVSC can hold the funds for you in a restricted fund and administer as appropriate.

Interested? For more information please email Sharon Nanan-Sen: snanan-sen@wolverhamptonvsc.org.uk

 

 

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