Places of Worship Protective Security Funding Scheme Year 4

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The Home Office is pleased to announce that year 4 of the Government’s Places of Worship Protective Security Funding Scheme launched 5 July 2019, and is now open for applications until 23:59 on the 31 August 2019. The team have made improvements to this year’s scheme to make it easier for places of worship to apply. This includes removing the need for applicants to find their own quotes for security measures; instead applicants will benefit from a central supplier for assessments, quotes and installation. This will save small and volunteer run institutions significant mounts on administrative costs. In addition we have opened the scheme to include faith community centres, and broadened the eligibility criteria so that applicants no longer need to show they have already experienced hate crime. Instead the test will be vulnerability to hate crime.

The scheme is open to places of worship and associated faith community centres (we define this as a community centre run by a place of worship or near a place of worship that is faith based, and where regular worship takes place) across England and Wales. More information

You can find the announcement at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/places-of-worship-protective-security-funding-scheme-open-for-applications and through social media;

FREE Workshop on County Lines and Child Criminal exploitation

Active Communities Network is offering a free workshop on 17 July 2019  to all those who work with and support vulnerable children and young people to explain what CCE / County Lines is and how it affects children, vulnerable adults and our communities.  This is a free event but spaces are limited so will be allocated on a first come basis.

Please follow the link here for more details and to book your place.

Tombstoning – A deadly game

Jumping into the sea from walls or piers is called tombstoning for a reason. Since 2004, around 20 people in the UK have died from it.  People who jump don’t know how shallow the water could be, or what’s under the water – like rocks. The shock of cold water may make it difficult to swim, and currents can sweep people away. Young children may also watch older ones and want to copy them.

Please talk to your children about the dangers of jumping into the sea.

Our Community Wardens and youth workers work to help keep young people safe. You can report incidents or concerns to the wardens on 0800 085 3840. If you’re concerned about crime, call police on 101. If life is in danger, or in another emergency, call 999.

Funding Opportunities for schools

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The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Fund (hwicf) has just opened up its latest funding round. There are three grants which could be particularly appropriate to bids from schools:

  • Small Grants Small Items: which provides grants of £250-£500 for one-off items or small items of expenditure which will benefit the local community. Examples given include a new cooker for a luncheon club, and sports equipment for youth clubs, so this might be an appropriate fund to pay for items that are shared with community groups using a school building.
  • Better Start provides grants of £1,000-£5,000, for projects that help tackle childhood poverty for those aged up to 21 years old. The suggestions include those helping children with access to a nutritious meal or  projects that help build family resilience, so this may be an avenue for securing additional funding for breakfast or after school clubs working with vulnerable children, or wide work with their families.
  • #iwill awards grants of £1,000-£5,000 to encourage young people aged between 10 and 20 to lead change and make a positive contribution to their communities, particularly in less affluent areas. Grants should deliver opportunities for young people to get involved in campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, all of which enable participants to make a positive difference in their local area.
  • The contact number at hwicf is 01256 776101, email info@hwicf.com.
  • If helpful I am very happy to look over draft bids – Alison.critchley@portsmouthcc.gov.uk Tel : 023 9284 1973.

Funding opportunities:

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Places of Worship scheme open for expressions of interest

Since its inception in 2016, the Places of Worship scheme has awarded over £1.5 million through 134 grants to places of worship from all major religions for additional protection and security measures. The fourth year of the scheme will not only provide up to £1.6 million of funding but will also be easier than ever to apply for. Applicants can register an interest in the Places of Worship scheme via email.

 

Portsmouth Lottery Small Grants Fund

Does your good cause, charity or social enterprise operate within Portsmouth city limits? Are you and your team working to shape our great waterfront city? If the answer to those two questions is yes – apply today for a small grant from the Portsmouth Lottery! You can apply for support for a whole range of projects. Application deadline for next funding panel is Friday 17 May by 5pm. The closing dates for applications for the rest of the year are Friday 9 August and Saturday 26 October. Further information

 

Tesco Bags of Help Centenary Grant

Tesco created the Bags of Help Centenary Grants scheme to celebrate 100 years of doing business. The Grants are two special voting rounds of the Tesco local community grant scheme and offers a unique opportunity to benefit more people. To be eligible to apply, projects must be in England, Scotland or Wales and provide a significant benefit to communities across the voting region. Three community projects in each region will be voted on by customers in Tesco stores throughout the UK, in July/August and November/December 2019. Following the vote, the project that receives the most votes in the voting region will receive a grant of up to £25,000, second place receiving up to £15,000 and third place up to £10,000. More information

UPDATE Places of Worship scheme open for expressions of interest

 

Since its inception in 2016, the Places of Worship scheme has awarded over £1.5 million through 134 grants to places of worship from all major religions for additional protection and security measures. The fourth year of the scheme will not only provide up to £1.6 million of funding but will also be easier than ever to apply for. Applicants can register an interest in the Places of Worship scheme via email.

Telephone Fraud

 

When this happens with a call made to your mobile phone – it can even show the name as ‘Bank’ if that is how you have it stored in your mobile,  leading you to think it’s a genuine call from your bank, when it isn’t.  Do not confirm anything and do not start any process. Simply hang up.

The Telephone Preference Service cannot protect you from these types of calls, as they are there to ensure genuine companies do not make contact if you have registered to opt out of receiving unsolicited calls.

The advice is simple, never enter into any business – especially financial with unsolicited telephone calls.

Family support project workshops

Family support alcohol

The family support project is running a workshop for families.

The workshop will:

  • help increase understanding of alcohol parental alcohol use impacts children;
  • help improve relationships;
  • teach where to seek additional advice and support.

The workshop is for anyone interested in understanding more about how alcohol can impact families; this could be someone who is drinking or a partner, friend or other family members.

The workshops are held on the first Tuesday of the month starting on 4th June at the Somerstown Family  Hub, Omega Street.

FREE Creche facilities and refreshments are available.

Please call 0800 1380 355 or text 07584 563 004 to book your place.

Communities Against Exploitation Event

Thursday 11th April 1.30pm – 4.30pm

Parents are very welcome to come along to Somerstown Adventure Playground from 1.30pm

Young people are very welcome to come along to  Somerstown Hub/Brook Club – from 1.30pm for free Sports, Workshops and Food .

Come along and learn more about Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE ) and Child Sexual Exploitation  (CSE) from a range of professionals.

The event is for both parents and young people. The aim of the event is to empower parents and young people to recognise and understand the signs and symptoms of exploitation and how to keep safe reducing the risk of exploitation.

There will be workshops, discussions and activities to join in with.