Police and Crime Commissioner gives out grants to good causes
COMMUNITY and safety projects across Gloucestershire have been awarded extra funds by the county's police and crime commissioner.
Martin Surl, the PCC, pictured right, has earmarked a total of £802,325 to try to make Gloucestershire more peaceful and crime-free. More than 45 initiatives have been awarded a share of the cash.
This includes the Aston Project, which is run from Hester's Way police station, Cheltenham Street Pastors scheme and a University of Gloucestershire programme where students help their peers stay safe on nights out.
In the Cotswolds, the Community Safety Partnership, run jointly between Cotswold District Council and the police, will receive £13,743.
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In Tewkesbury the Snot Cool initiative run by the Community Safety Partnership has been given £900 and the community engagement scheme will get £5,000 over four years.
At Hester's Way police station, Inspector Jon Roberts said he was delighted to be given £30,000 over the next three years for the Aston Project.
The timebank scheme sees dozens of children rewarded with fun activities for doing good deeds in their community.
Discussing plans for the grant, Insp Roberts said: "We will be able to put a PCSO full-time in All Saints Academy to work with youngsters there and we will be able to engage with hundreds of children in north Cheltenham."
He added: "It's very pleasing to be recognised. We had a visit from Jeremy Brown MP who said what we are doing is best practice and should be done nationally, and the Chief Constable said she wanted to see it rolled out across the county."
The University of Gloucestershire's Superstarsxtras has also been awarded £12,152 over four years.
It sees trained students working in pairs to help anyone in distress they encounter as they patrol the town centre on term-time Mondays – the most popular night for student revelry.
Chief executive of the university's students' union, John Abell, said: "We take the wellbeing of all our students very seriously and this is a further way in which we can help them enjoy themselves while staying safe.
In Tewkesbury, the Snot Cool project, run by the CSP, has been given £900 to run classes in Tewkesbury School about the dangers of substance abuse.
Year eight pupils will be warned of the dangers of experimenting with sniffing solvents, lighter fuel and deodorants.
A sum of £20,000 over two years will allow Cheltenham Street Pastors to fund and train a second patrol team to assist revellers in need in the town centre.
Chairman Nigel Bennett said: "We are separate from the police, but our presence allows them to concentrate on violence and crime and we look after anyone who is in trouble, between the top of Montpellier to the High Street and in the parks.
"It costs a lot to train people and to supply blankets, water and flip flops to people."
Other projects to receive grants include Crimestoppers, Victim Support and the Prince's Trust.