OPCC Funding for Cricket Project

HCB receive OPCC funding for new projects in Hampshire

Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Donna Jones has awarded £2.6 million to projects that support victims, reduce offending or re-offending, and protect the vulnerable from crime and exploitation over the next three years.

We are pleased to announce that HCB are one of 34 organisations to recieve funding. This will enable us to deliver free, weekly cricket sessions in hotspots of areas of multiple deprivation in partnership with VIVID. The project will engage youths aged 12-25 in regular sport and physical activity, acting as an early intervention to youth crime and anti-social behaviour.

“While my number one priority is to put more officers on the streets, helping people to be and feel safer takes more than just the police alone. The work organisations do with offenders to reduce re-offending, and interventions to stop people from being exploited or engaging in criminal behaviour, are also vital in the fight against crime. Helping victims to secure the justice they deserve is essential as is providing the emotional, mental and practical support they need to recover.”

Donna Jones, Hampshire Police & Crime Commissioner

This new programme was a key objective of our Urban Cricket strategy, which has seen our Lord's Taverners Wicketz programme flourish in Southampton. More details on the programme and locations will follow in the near future. For more information please contact our Urban Cricket Development Officer Sam Moss

“For young people living in deprived areas access to sport and other hobbies are limited to them for many reasons. In many cases it’s these areas that are hotspots for anti-social behaviour and youth crime issues. We’re looking forward to working with HCB to help deliver their Urban Cricket strategy in our neighbourhoods to give young people a positive alternative to crime and to help our communities feel safe and secure.”

Derek Streek, VIVID Head of Communities, Standards and Partnerships

''We are delighted to receive OPCC funding and look forward to working in partnership with VIVID to deliver accessible cricket sessions as we continue to take the game into new areas and engage new audiences''

Ben Thompson, Cricket Development Director

In addition to the grants the Police and Crime Commissioner provides support services through a number of contracts including support for Domestic abuse victims, Restorative Justice, the Victim Care Service, Frankie Workers and Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVAs).

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