Locality deal fund - expression of interest
The Lichfield District Safer Community Partnership was set up as a result of the Crime and Disorder Act in 1998 to bring together responsible bodies (such as the Police, Fire and Rescue Service and local authorities) with other partners to help protect their local communities from crime and disorder.
The Safer Community Partnership produces a community safety delivery plan, refreshed every year, which sets out our priorities for the district. The key priorities for the district for 2021/2022, as identified in the strategic assessment are:
- Anti-social behaviour (ASB)
- Domestic abuse
- Car key burglary and vehicle theft
- County lines
- Vulnerable persons and contextual safeguarding (including alcohol and mental health)
The Staffordshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner provides funding for all districts, boroughs and Stoke on Trent City Council to support projects which will deliver against these priority areas.
The allocation to Lichfield District for 2021/2022 is £53,913.75.
What do we want to fund?
Lichfield District Council, as the lead agency for the Lichfield Safer Community Partnership, wishes to ask for expressions of interest from groups and organisations that can offer activities which support the delivery of our community safety plan for 2021-2022.
We are currently seeking expressions of interest for projects which meet the following priorities:
- Anti-social behaviour
- County lines
- Vulnerable persons
You can apply for a project which covers one or more of the priority areas as long as you can demonstrate how your activity will deliver against the outcomes identified. There is an indicative funding amount included for each priority area however this may be subject to some change depending on the applications received.
ASB accounts for a significant amount of demand across the partnership, with 2,185 incidents in 2019-20 – equivalent to around 26% of policing demand in the area. The partnership is keen to fund projects aimed at reducing ASB involving young people. Projects should include universal elements open to all young people and targeted work with young people referred to the projects by partner agencies.
The desired outcomes for this activity are:
- Reduction in ASB incidents reported in ‘hotspot areas’
- Better awareness amongst young people of the harms caused by ASB
- Better coordination of agency response
- Young people who are at risk of being victims of ASB are supported to build confidence and become more socially connected
- Early identification of young people at risk of being exploited
Your application should show how you will meet these outcomes through the project activity. Detailed outputs and performance measures will be included in a funding agreement and reported on via six monthly reports provided by the funded organisation to Lichfield District Safer Community Partnership.
We anticipate approximately £15,000 being available for this priority area with at least £5,000 of this used for targeted intervention of young people referred to the project by partners.
The use of county lines to traffic drugs from urban areas into rural areas, causes significant issues for communities. In particular:
- through the degradation of local areas through use of properties for drug use, drug supply and other criminal activity
- as a result of violent disorder and disputes between organised crime groups (OCGs) and urban street gangs (USGs) over control of particular county lines and drug supply in specific areas.
The use of county lines by OCGs is not limited to the supply and movement of drugs; the same criminal infrastructure is linked to Modern Slavery and People Trafficking, Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE), Serious Violence, Money Laundering and the supply of illegal weapons.
The partnership wish to fund a project to support children and young people and/or vulnerable adults who may be at risk of being involved in county lines activity. We are particularly keen to support activity delivered within and in partnership with educational settings.
- Improved resilience of young people and vulnerable adults to becoming involved in county lines activity.
- Reduction in the of the number of young people/vulnerable adults getting involved in County Lines
Your application should show how you will meet these outcomes through your project activity. Detailed outputs and performance measures will be included in a funding agreement and reported on via six monthly reports provided by the funded organisation to Lichfield District Safer Community Partnership.
We anticipate approximately £8,000 being available for this priority area.
There is growing concern that the wider impact of COVID will result in considerable increases in demand relating to all major vulnerabilities (alcohol, drug and substance misuse, mental health, safeguarding). Analysis has already found that, taking account of pre-pandemic trajectories, mental health has worsened substantially (by 8.1% on average) as a result of the pandemic. Young adults and women – groups with worse mental health pre-pandemic – have been hit hardest.
The partnership is looking to fund projects to support those who are experiencing isolation, poor mental health and/or drug or alcohol misuse. The project should deliver against the following outcomes:
- Improved local support services for those experiencing poor mental health, self neglect and/or those affected by drug or alcohol addiction
- Improved partnership working to support individuals with complex needs
There is a recognition that cases involving vulnerable people can cross over to involve other priorities such as ASB, domestic abuse and contextual safeguarding, including alcohol and drug abuse issues.
Your application should show how you will meet these outcomes through their project activity. Detailed outputs and performance measures will be included in a funding agreement and reported on via six monthly reports provided by the funded organisation to Lichfield District Safer Community Partnership.
We anticipate approximately £16,000 being available for this priority area.