Disability Support Calderdale receives boost from Police and Crime Commissioner’s Proceeds of Crime Act Fund (13 July 2017)

Disability Support Calderdale Left To Right David Naylor , PCC, Laura BarberDisability Support Calderdale received £4,930 for the Safer Communities Fund to help support victims of anti-social behaviour and hate crime.

They used the cash to offer one-to-one support for the victims of crime as well as running bi-weekly meetings disseminating information and advice around increasing personal safety and linking in with safeguarding teams such as Gateway to Care and Adult Social Care.

Disability Support Calderdale is a local group run by and for people with a disability or long term health condition who live in Calderdale. They provide information and support to help empower and enable disabled people to make informed choices.

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson created the Safer Communities Fund in 2014 to return money which has been recovered under the Proceeds of Crime Act to worthwhile community projects.

PCC Mark Burns-Williamson visited Disability Support Calderdale this week (12/07) and said: "Funding this project was an easy decision. They are doing fantastic work in their community making a real difference to the lives of vulnerable people they help which I heard first hand...ranging from assisting with hate crime reporting and providing assistance at times of hardship.

"I was very pleased to be able to meet the team behind all the hard work and thank them personally, as well as many of the service users who were very appreciative of the work undertaken to help them and lots of others throughout Calderdale.

"If you are experiencing hate crime or abuse of any kind then please report it to the police. You can find more information as well as support services on their website https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/ and also download the award winning Stop Hate UK App which I have funded."

David Naylor from Disability Support Calderdale said: "Disability Support Calderdale provides advocacy and support with benefits for vulnerable people and the Safer Communities hate crime project was an extension of this work".

To find out more about Disability Support Calderdale visit http://www.disabilitysupportcalderdale.org/.

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