Umbrella Cymru Awarded a Share of nearly £250,000 Seized from Criminals

By Nick Lewis on January 16, 2017 | Articles, News

Thanks to the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent…

Umbrella Cymru has been awarded funding of £9990 from the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent’s Partnership Fund which is funded by the proceeds of crime awarded to the police and from the sale of unclaimed found property.

The latest round of the Commissioner’s Partnership Fund was made available in June 2016 for charities, voluntary organisations and community groups in Gwent involved in activities that have a positive impact on their communities.

Each group was able to apply for between £250 and £10,000 and had to demonstrate how their project delivered against specific areas of focus highlighted by the Commissioner which include preventing crime; protecting people from serious harm; taking more effective action to tackle anti-social behaviour; and providing better opportunities for some of the most vulnerable and excluded people in the community.

Following a rigorous process of assessing each bid on its merits, almost 100 organisations or groups in Gwent, including Umbrella Cymru, have been notified that their bid has been successful. Nearly £250,000 has been awarded under the latest round.

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent, Jeff Cuthbert, said:

“I would like to congratulate all the projects funded on their success. This money will have a real positive impact on the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in our communities and will offer opportunities for people who are disaffected or disengaged. It’s fantastic to see the ill-gotten gains of criminals being put back into the hands of the law-abiding majority here in Gwent.”

Nick Lewis, Director from Umbrella Cymru added:

“We’re really pleased to be awarded this grant to help us build our capacity of volunteer support workers across Gwent to support clients who have experienced crime or antisocial behaviour.  As a support organisation, we specialise in gender and sexual diversity and provide a wide range of support services to people across Wales.  Many of our services support people to come out, gain access to healthcare, transition and much more.  This grant will further enable our support in relation to those of our clients who’ve experienced crime or antisocial behaviour and who identify with a minority gender or sexual identity (usually referred to as LGBTQ+ people), or anyone who has experienced hate motivated by their actual or perceived minority gender or sexual identity.”

We are actively recruiting new volunteers to help us support people in relation to this and would urge anyone wishing to apply to check out our Vacancies section.





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