- More than one million pounds of Government funding has been awarded to Gloucestershire OPCC.
- The money comes from the Home Office’s Safer Streets Fund with the aim of helping tackle Violence against Women and Girls – a priority of the PCC’s Police and Crime Prevention plan.
- Gloucestershire OPCC worked with other partners to win two successful bids for funding.
- It is the third-largest amount of money granted from the Safer Streets fund in this round of bids.
Gloucestershire’s Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner has secured more than one million pounds of Government Funding to help women and girls feel safer in the county.
As the third-biggest successful bid in the country, the money comes from the Home Office’s Safer Streets Fund. The OPCC and its partners submitted two funding applications to support Gloucester City Centre and the county as a whole. Both bids focussed around Violence against Women and Girls. (VAWG) and were supported by partners including Gloucestershire Constabulary, University of Gloucestershire, Gloucester City Council, and Gloucestershire Rape and Sexual Assault Centre (GRASAC).
The first countywide bid for £517,050 will pay for cameras which can be deployed where women and girls tell us they feel unsafe. It will also help fund a bystander intervention training programme which aims to make cultural change by giving people the confidence to call out inappropriate or misogynistic behaviour. Finally, the funding will support the Boost children’s programme, which teaches supportive leadership skills to young people.
The second bid focused on Gloucester City Centre and sees £544,428 to fund cameras and lighting around Gloucester Park; a dedicated community engagement role to work on outreach with women and girls around the Gloucester Park area; and finally financial support for The Nelson Trust’s Sex Worker Outreach programme, which helps vulnerable women in the City.
Chris Nelson is Gloucestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner: “This is fantastic news for Gloucestershire and is essential to help women and girls feel safer on the county’s streets.
“My team and its partners have excelled themselves with innovative solutions, which I hope will start to tackle the systemic fear and abuse women and girls face every day.
“While this is positive news, this money won’t provide an overnight fix. It is our responsibility as a society to shift the culture of women being held accountable for wicked and unacceptable violence by men. This is why tackling Violence against Women and Girls is a key priority in my Police and Crime Prevention Plan.”
Ruth Saunders, Head of Communities from Gloucester City Council, said: “We’re delighted to be working with partners on this project which will help vulnerable women and girls in our city, as well as the wider community. It is important that people feel safe on our streets and that those facing considerable challenges in their lives have somewhere they go to for help and advice.”
The total funding of £1,061,478 provides more funding to Gloucestershire from the Safer Streets fund than was obtained by the whole of London combined. Gloucestershire OPCC was one of only a handful of applications successful in both of its bid submissions.