Post sponsored by NewzEngine.com

Source: City of Wakefield

​Wakefield’s Safer Together Partnership, which includes Wakefield Council, has agreed to provide almost £75,000 of funding to support three important community projects and initiatives across the district.

The first project to receive funding works with vulnerable children and young people to help them learn about keeping safe, building resilience, confidence and working on disruptive behaviour so they are less likely to be victims or perpetrators of crime.   

Elite Coaching will run weekly personal training sessions and boot camps for children and young people who may not be able to access such services due to the difficulties they experience in their lifestyles and communities. They will also develop new skills, learn about teamwork, make new friends and gain respect for themselves and their community.

The funding will also support an already successful domestic abuse initiative to widen its remit. Operation Encompass aims to safeguard and support children and young people who have witnessed or been present at the time of a domestic abuse incident. The initiative ensures that appropriate school staff are made aware at the earliest possible stage in order to provide relevant and tailored support to children and young people immediately following the incident.

The extra money will enable Operation Encompass to include sending notifications to schools where a child is not present but is known to be living in a household where there has been a domestic abuse incident. This will therefore ensure that all children living with domestic abuse receive the same offer of support in school following a domestic abuse incident. 

Hate crime is one of the Safer Together Partnership’s biggest priorities and latest research shows that it is still significantly under reported. The extra funding will allow Stop Hate UK to provide a helpline to residents of the Wakefield district, offering independent advice and support to those who are victims of hate crime.

​Cllr Maureen Cummings, Chair of the Safer Together Partnership and Cabinet Member for Environment, Communities and Poverty, said: “All of these projects and initiatives are important in their own way and are all huge priorities of the Safer Together Partnership.

“I am delighted we have been able to secure this additional funding, which will go a long way to providing vital support to residents and communities across our district.”

The Safer Together Partnership is made up of partners including Wakefield Council, West Yorkshire Police, West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service, Clinical Commissioning Group, WDH, voluntary sector, and others. It is responsible for making the whole of the Wakefield district a safer place for everyone to live, work and visit.

To find out more about the Safer Together Partnership visit https://www.wakefield.gov.uk/community/community-safety-partnership

For more information about the Elite Kids Coaching Project, please contact Sergeant Lisa Beedel at lisa.beedel@westyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

For further information about Operation Encompass, please contact Sally Fawcett at sfawcett@wakefield.gov.uk

To find out more about Stop Hate UK, please contact Michelle Dunne at mdunne@wakefield.gov.uk

MIL OSI United Kingdom