Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis hands over a cheque to members of Cherry Orchard Garden Services

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Organisations in Lichfield and Burntwood are being urged to apply for money to help cut crime and make their areas safer. Staffordshire Police and Crime Commissioner’s People Power Fund will offer grants of between £100 and £3,000. The application window runs from August 1 to September 14. In the last two years, more than 200 projects have received funding across the county, including Cherry Orchard Garden Services (COGS), which received £2,873. The project involves people with learning disabilities working on vulnerable residents’ gardens.
Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis hands over a cheque to members of Cherry Orchard Garden Services
COGS co-ordinator Ian Wells said: “Those who we garden for, who are statistically the most vulnerable to being targeted, have not been subject to burglary, unscrupulous traders or anxiety and fear of crime as a result of the project.” The Open Door of Hope scheme in Lichfield has also been given £510 from the People Power Fund to provide a safe meeting place for vulnerable adults and mental health service users to meet and socialise and get involved in community projects. Chairman Peter Hitchman said: “Since the training our members are now more capable, comfortable and confident in public. They are more safe in the community having learnt how to avoid troublesome situations. It was a pleasure to have Matthew Ellis come along and meet the group in whom he took great interest.” People Power Fund applications need to be sponsored by the group’s Neighbourhood Police Officer or PCSO and will initially be assessed by the local Community Safety Partnership. Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis said: “I have significantly increased the funding that local areas in Staffordshire have to make their communities safer. “The Commissioner’s People Power Fund puts half a million pounds back into local communities and is easy and simple to apply for. It’s about local ideas to sort out local issues like anti-social behaviour. If you’ve got a good idea, the People Power Fund may be able to help you achieve it. “If you’re a community group with good ideas to cut crime or make your area safer go to the website now to find out more.”


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