Plymouth community groups and charities have received a welcome New Year boost thanks to the cash and assets which have been seized from criminals by Devon & Cornwall Police.
Using cash seized from the criminal fraternity is a fantastic way to help reverse the damage which is done to communities as a direct result of criminal behaviour.
The only thing that is better than taking cash off of criminals, is giving it back to the community so that they can fund community-based projects!
Police in Plymouth have shared £2,750 from the Proceeds of Crime Act [POCA] fund among five deserving causes in the city.
Cash and assets gained through crime are confiscated from convicted offenders and given back to the community through the fund to help make a difference to people’s lives.
Grants are available to people whose projects improve life in the local community, make people feel safer or help to cut crime and antisocial behaviour.
In a smart move by Devon & Cornwall Police, people can actually bid for grants through their local neighbourhood policing teams.
Five city projects were awarded grants in the latest round of bids:
Devon and Cornwall Food Action were awarded £1,000 to help people and families who are struggling to find money for food and household essentials.
The charity works with supermarkets, suppliers and wholesalers to redistribute surplus goods to needy people. The grant will help to buy fridges and assist with running costs.
The Ist Keyham [St Mark] Scout Group in Devonport successfully bid for £500 as part of its work to deliver new activities to young people at low cost.
The group has around 130 members aged five to 18 who are given the chance to try out new activities such as kayaking, hikes, fencing and bush craft skills to improve their lives and teach them new skills.
Plymouth School of Creative Arts in Stonehouse were given £500 to buy appropriate wet weather gear and boots for students [pictured] undertaking their first Ten Tors challenge on Dartmoor this year.
A grant of £450 was awarded to Lipson Junior Hockey Club, run by community volunteers to provide training and coaching for children aged five to 14.
The money has bought much needed goalkeeping kit for the under 10s and under 14s to enable them to safely take part in league games at Marjons University and training [pictured].
Plymouth Parkway’s U8s were given £300 to buy much-needed tracksuits/jackets for the boys’ football team training sessions and match days. The team is self-funded through the boys and their families who raise money for kits, pitch rentals and entry to tournaments.
Temporary Chief Superintendent Tamasine Matthews, commander for Plymouth Police, said:
“We are delighted to support these very deserving groups and charities through this scheme which ensures cash gained from criminal enterprise goes back into the community where it belongs.
“The POCA grants give us the opportunity to benefit those who are striving to make the community a better place by developing initiatives which both support people in need, improve lives and makes city communities safer.”
If you have a story, video or one-off blog that you would like to share with us, then you can contact our team of former emergency services & armed forces personnel either through our Facebook page, via Twitter ( @ES_News_ ) or you can contact us via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you run or manage a ‘job’ social media account and you would like us to share one of your stories then send us a tweet or a message!
If you would like to write an article that you would like us to share (it can be about anything to do with the emergency services / NHS) whether you serve in the emergency services / NHS or whether you are a member of the public who has had a good experience with the emergency services, then feel free to contact our team; anonymously if you prefer.
We are proud to act as a voice for the emergency services, armed forces & health service, with over 500,000 people visiting our website each month.
Before you go...
In a world where mainstream media narratives often eclipse the harsh realities faced by our valiant men and women in the emergency services, we at Emergency Services News have made it our mission to bring these overlooked stories into the spotlight.
Our team is exclusively composed of dedicated volunteers, all veterans of the emergency services. They commit their time and expertise to this cause, not for financial gain, but out of a shared passion to honour their colleagues and dispel the misconceptions that mainstream media perpetuates.
Despite running at a loss, we persist. We believe in the importance of our mission - to elevate the dignity and courage of those who risk their lives for us every single day. But we need your help.
Your donation directly sustains ESN, enabling the continuous delivery of authentic, critical stories often overlooked by mainstream media. We deeply appreciate your support, which enables us to further our mission of delivering important, underreported stories. Thank you for standing with us and thank you for supporting our team of former emergency services & HM Forces personnel.
You can support emergency services news from as little as £1. It only takes a minute. Every contribution, however big or small, is vital for our future.
Please help us to continue to highlight the life-saving work of the emergency services, NHS and armed forces by becoming a supporter.