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New £10k grants scheme launched

Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns Williamson  launching the Safer Communities Fund in Wakefield at the Riding for the Disabled in Chaplethorpe.
With Carol Blake, Marcos Tingle and Amber

Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns Williamson launching the Safer Communities Fund in Wakefield at the Riding for the Disabled in Chaplethorpe. With Carol Blake, Marcos Tingle and Amber

Horses and ponies at Wakefield Riding For The Disabled Association have been fed this winter with cash taken from convicted criminals.

The police and crime commissioner for West Yorkshire, Mark Burns-Williamson, visited the charity to launch his new Safer Communities Fund.

Last year Wakefield RDA, which is based at Pennine Community in Chapelthorpe, received £500 from the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA).

Carol Blake, Wakefield RDA yard manager, said: “As a charity we rely on grants and fundraising to meet our running costs.

“We used the POCA grant to help pay for hay to feed our horses and ponies which costs around £2,000 every year.”

The charity provides riding lessons for young people and adults with learning disabilities and also provides training qualifications in horse care.

The new Safer Communities Fund will pool all the POCA money into one single purse and allows charities like Wakefield RDA to apply for up to £10,000.

Mr Burns-Williamson said: “I have launched the Safer Communities Fund to bring together money seized from criminals across the county into a single community purse.

“I want to make it easier for local groups and organisations to receive money under the Proceeds of Crime Act and make a difference to the local communities.”

For more information about the Safer Communities Fund visit www.westyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk

 

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