ON Wednesday, 16 December 2020, Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn launched the Safer Streets Fund small grant scheme for charities, organisations and community groups in the Llanelli area with the aim of reducing acquisitive crime, and to create a safer environment within communities.
The Safer Streets Fund small grant scheme is a grant that has been made available through a successful application from the Police and Crime Commissioner to the Home Office earlier this year, where nearly £200,000 was secured to work with local community safety partners in Carmarthenshire to tackle crime in the Ty Isha and Glanymor areas of Llanelli, with the aim of making both communities safer.
Working in partnership with the Carmarthenshire Safer Communities Partnership, the Police and Crime Commissioner is offering the opportunity for charities, voluntary groups and community groups in the wards of Glanymor 4 and Tyisha 3 in Llanelli, to apply for a small grant of up to £2000 to develop projects that have a direct impact on both communities.
Dafydd Llywelyn, Police and Crime Commissioner for Dyfed-Powys said, “I am delighted to announce this small grant fund today that is part of the Safer Street funding scheme that I secured earlier this year
“Ensuring the security and safety of residents is a priority of mine – everyone deserves to live safely, and free from harm.
“Acquisitive offences are the crimes that the public are most likely to encounter, and they are estimated to cost society billions of pounds every year. There is strong evidence that these crimes can be prevented by tactics that either remove opportunities to commit crime or act as a deterrent by increasing the chances of an offender being caught.
“I have invested significantly in the area over recent years with community grants I made available in addition to the new CCTV system that is in place across the town. This new additional funding will further build upon my work over recent years and I hope the residents will feel a positive difference in their communities.”
Both Ty Isha and Glanymor areas are considered to be two of the most deprived areas in Carmarthenshire according to the Welsh Government’s Index of Multiple Deprivation. The funding secured will focus on tackling all acquisitive crime such as burglary, vehicle theft and robbery within the identified areas.
Cllr Cefin Campbell, Executive Board Member for Communities and Rural Affairs and Chair of the Safer Communities Partnership said: “The Safer Communities Partnership is really pleased to be part of this initiative to help our residents be safer and feel safer, building on our ongoing work in these communities to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour.
“The Partnership is made up of local partners that all aim to make Carmarthenshire safer, including the Police, Fire and Rescue Service, Probation, Health and the Council. We will be delighted to support local organisations to help us all achieve that aim, so please contact us with your ideas that can be delivered before the end of March.”
Funding guidelines and application forms can be found on the Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner’s website here.