The Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria is launching the third year of the ‘Supporting Victims Fund’ providing support to strengthen and enhance victim services across Northumbria. The aim of the fund is to build capacity and maximise the potential of organisations to help ensure the improved provision of vital services to support victims of crime and help them cope and recover from the impact.
Victims of crime can be of any age, gender, race or sexual orientation and can be vulnerable due to these characteristics or other factors such as a disability, their mental health, religion/belief or the type and nature of the crime committed. In Northumbria we are striving to ensure that victims with the greatest need have access to support that is tailored to meet their needs and help them to best cope and recover. We want to ensure that victims of crime feel confident to seek help when they need it and when they do, the right type of support is available to them.
The fund is managed by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria and is in place to support work across the Northumbria area, including the local authority areas of Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Northumberland, South Tyneside and Sunderland.
Organisations can apply for funding individually or in partnership with other organisations. Where partnership applications are submitted a clear lead applicant will be needed. The fund is open to a wide range of voluntary and community sector organisations, local partnerships, youth offending teams and charitable organisations.
Victims First has been established in Northumbria to deliver a coordinated approach to victim care and the PCC Supporting Victims Fund has been established to enhance and strengthen our overall offer to victims in Northumbria.
We particularly welcome applications that provide support to those most vulnerable in our society who under the Victims Code of Practice are entitled to enhanced support – taking this into consideration and what we understand to be the most vulnerable victims in Northumbria we have identified the following grant themes:
Further information about the grant themes and some of the key issues and demand for provision is provided in the overview and funding priorities document.
There are four key documents you should read carefully before making an application. These documents can be accessed by clicking on the links below in red.
An application form can be downloaded here
If you would like any further information or advice please contact Rachel Snaith at the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0191 221 9800. Please return all completed applications to Amy Robson, Business Administration Apprentice at the OPCC, email@example.com by 2nd February 2017.
Please note that this opportunity is dependent on confirmation of Ministry of Justice funding that we are expecting shortly.