SEVERAL Community groups across the Dyfed-Powys area are set to benefit from funds of £140,000, over coming weeks as several participatory budgeting events take place across the Dyfed-Powys Police Force area through Neighbourhood Policing Teams.
The money has come from an investment of £140,000 from Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn, who has committed £10,000 to each neighbourhood policing area. Several of the Neighbourhood Policing Teams have been successful in securing additional funds from local partners and organisation, which has resulted in more money for local community groups to apply for.
Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn said; “I’m delighted to see that this innovative approach to community funding has kicked off to such a great start. Several of the Neighbourhood Policing Teams have managed to more than double the funding that I have allocated to each of them, which is fantastic news to communities as it means we will see more great projects and initiatives being funded.
“I have committed to fund this new participatory funding approach as I think it’s vital that local residents have a say in how money is spent in their area. They are best placed to work with the police, and other partner agencies, to identify where the money is needed and what would most benefit the local communities.”
Superintendent Ifan Charles, force lead for participatory budgeting, added: “There are several of these event now being held across the Dyfed-Powys area, and we were pleased with the high level of interest from groups in applying to take part.
“Organisations are required to show how their project could improve community safety and promote a healthier safer community in their area and the communities themselves will decide which bids would be most beneficial for people living in each area.
“In doing it this way, we are giving people a greater say in how their community evolves.”
“Participatory budgeting has worked really well elsewhere and I’m excited to lead the introduction of this approach here.”
All the participatory events are happening virtually, on Zoom, where community groups who are applying for funding are asked to present a video showcasing their project ideas. PCC Llywelyn added; “It’s been great to see which projects have been successful in those areas where the events have already taken place.
“We are now looking forward to seeing the results of all the voting in each area, and finding out which projects will be able to support the community with their good work.
“I hope that in the New Year I will be able to visit several of these groups to see how their communities have benefited of the funding”.