Funding is available to Doncaster community groups who are helping young people stay away from violent crime

Applications are now open for community groups, social enterprises and non profit organisations in Doncaster who provide support to young people to stop them engaging in violent crime.

Thursday, 10th June 2021, 7:12 am

The South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit are asking for those eligible to fill out applications for funding up to £20,000.

Graham Jones, Head of the South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit, said: “This funding has become available to us for the financial year ending March 2022.

“We are encouraging organisations that are working with young people up to the age of 25 to apply.

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“Due to the current situation with the coronavirus pandemic, we are becoming increasingly concerned about the impact that this will be having on our young people.

“We need to be working together to engage with them and provide positive role models that they can relate to.

“The funding is available to support young people and help them find a way of life that is free from violence and crime.“We want to encourage them to seek activities that will nurture them and form an understanding of the positive choices they can make now, to better help their futures.

“I would encourage organisations working in some of the more deprived areas of South Yorkshire to apply.

“We will look favourably on applications that are working in the hot spot areas where violence is on the increase and supporting those becoming entrenched in county lines and gang culture.

This project is looking for organisations to apply before June 28.

Dr Alan Billings South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “We have to come down hard on the gangs who bring so much misery to our communities not least by drawing our younger people into criminality.

“But this enforcement action, necessary though it is, is not enough.

“We must also tackle the roots of crime and violence.

“We want to help those organisations who seek to promote healthy relationships within families, to steer children and young people away from harmful influences and to enable young people to find employment and a meaningful life.

“We realise that this is a critical moment in South Yorkshire after a year when employment prospects for many have worsened as a result of coronavirus.

“The sums of money we are offering are substantial and should enable worthwhile programmes and projects to be proposed, extended or continued.

“This fun is a beacon of hope in what is so often a bleak landscape.”

For more information on how to apply for funding and to download an application form, please click on this link.

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