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Three Cheshire charities get a helping hand from police commissioner this Christmas

By on December 23, 2018

Three projects which support vulnerable people in Cheshire have been awarded funding from Cheshire’s police and crime commissioner to help them make a difference in their community.

David Keane has awarded grants from his Safer Communities Fund to Crewe based charities Cheshire Without Abuse, The Wishing Well Project and Central Cheshire Buddies Scheme.

The commissioner’s Safer Communities Fund supports local residents and communities to get involved in the prevention and reduction of crime in their area. Community groups or organisations can bid for up to £5,000 for projects which support crime prevention.

David said: “I’m pleased to have been able to award funding from my Safer Communities Fund to even more organisations which are working tirelessly to make Cheshire even safer.

“We’ve seen unprecedented interest in this year’s fund with a whole raft of applicants committed to delivering projects which prevent crime and anti-social behaviour or support victims and vulnerable people.

“This fund is about empowering local people, giving support to local projects and making our local communities safer. The support of our community partners and local people is helping police tackle issues at their root-cause.”

Cheshire Without Abuse (CWA) is being awarded the full grant amount to support a domestic abuse survivor group to develop films to help other victims spot the signs of abuse.

The charity, which has been supporting Cheshire families affected by domestic abuse for more than 40 years, will host the videos through the Open the Door website – a Cheshire-wide campaign launched by the commissioner earlier this year to reduce the stigma around domestic abuse.

Through the films, CWA hope to reach out to victims who are victims of any type of abuse whether it be physical, coercive or financial.

Saskia Lightburn-Ritchie, chief executive of Cheshire Without Abuse, said: “‘We really appreciate this investment into our survivor group from the police and crime commissioner and look forward to launching our films when he visits in 2019!”

Healthy Living project, The Wishing Well, has also been successful in its bid for funding from the Safer Communities Fund for its Positive Futures project.

The charity is being awarded £3,950 to develop a café run by young volunteers at The George’s Community Centre – a community hub which has recently fallen victim to vandalism.  The Wishing Well wants to give young people ownership and responsibility for this community facility.

Charles Maines, general manager at The Wishing Well, said: “We are delighted to receive this funding which will allow us to develop a project specifically for young people to help tackle some of the local anti-social behaviour issues experienced in the area.”

Central Cheshire Buddies Scheme is to receive £3,100 of funding from the commissioner to fund their Protecting Vulnerable Adults project which will also be run out of The George’s Community Centre.

The funding will be used to put on free sessions for disabled adults offering them advice on how to stay safe in their homes, while they’re out and about and while they’re using the internet.

Simon Lawley, from Central Cheshire Buddies, said: “We’re very grateful for this funding from the commissioner. We will work with local key organisations like the police and fire service to promote safety and put in place newly developed skills for disabled adults.

“The group will be supported to apply what they have learnt from the sessions while out and about and in the home.”

Central Cheshire Buddies Scheme, The Wishing Well Project and Cheshire Without Abuse are just three of 13 projects across Cheshire which received Safer Communities Funding in the commissioner’s latest round of funding.

To find out more about the Safer Communities Fund, please visit

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