Date published: 05 September 2010
Hazelhurst Young Women’s Group receiving its cheque for £1,000
Community groups in Tameside are celebrating after local residents were given the opportunity to decide how £10,000 was spent to tackle anti-social behaviour.
People living in the Smallshaw, Hurst and St Michael’s wards applied for funds of up to £1,000 to support non-profit organisations, voluntary groups and community safety projects to help reduce anti-social behaviour in the area.
Applicants attended the Up 2 U event on Saturday 21 August at New Charter Academy to make a three-minute pitch to the public who voted for the applications they thought were the most deserving.
Insp Tony Alogba said: “The event was well attended and it was encouraging to see how people cared about their community and wanted to support the many projects and activities in the local area.
“Part of the funding provided by the police has been recovered from offenders who have engaged drug dealing. Residents have helped bring these criminals to justice and I would encourage people to continue to come forward with information either by contacting the neighbourhood policing team or anonymously through Crimestoppers.
“Neighbourhood policing is about listening to people and understanding their concerns and taking action to address the crimes and issues that affect communities the most to make them a safer place to live.”
The winners were:
Tameside Council’s executive member for community safety Cllr Kevin Welsh said: “This is an example of decision-making at the most grassroots level.
“Members of the public have been given a say in the policing agenda and I applaud that.”
Greater Manchester Police, New Charter Housing Trust Group and Smallshaw, Hurst Business Partnership have provided funding for the event.