Meet Libby Wright...
A message to the young people of County Durham and Darlington from Libby Wright, your newly elected Young Police, Crime and Victims' Commissioner:
"Young people - it's time to get your ideas heard! Please submit your projects to make your communities safer, prevent and divert young people from crime and change lives! Together, we can make County Durham and Darlington a better place."
My name is Libby and I am the Young Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner (PCVC) for County Durham and Darlington. I want to represent the interests of young people in County Durham and Darlington as we work together to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour, and make all our communities safer.
I have a budget of £20,000 to help to achieve this. In November, I will chair a committee made up of young people who are members of the Police Cadets, Fire Service Cadets and the Mini-Police, at which we will decide how that money will be spent.
I am looking for preventive schemes to helps stop crime before it happens as they are the ones I believe are the most effective, but at the same time, I will look at every project with equal weight at the beginning.
The Fund is open to any young person aged from 9 - 18 years old living in County Durham or Darlington. To be eligible to apply, you must have the support of an organisation, youth group or school who knows you and can comment on your abilities to run your project. This might include charitable organisations, community organisations, Police Cadets, Fire Cadets or the Mini-Police, schools or uniformed services.
Ron Hogg, the Police Crime and Victims’ Commissioner, has produced a Police, Crime and Victims’ plan which includes objectives to address the following:
| Road safety
|| Meeting the needs of vulnerable people, such as people with mental health problems, or children at risk
| Anti-social behaviour
|| Cyber crime
| Rural crime
|| Domestic abuse and sexual violence
| Drugs and alcohol
|| Hate crime
| Reducing re-offending
|| Emerging threats, e.g. terrorism
| Support for victims of crime and anti-social behaviour
I am choosing to focus on four of Ron's priorities during my time. These are:
- Reducing re-offending
- Reducing the impact of domestic violence in all its forms
- Child Sexual Exploitation
How to get involved:
You can apply by completing the online form available on County Durham Community Foundation’s website. Applications will be accepted until 7 November 2017.
You will have your own ideas about what the money might be used for and I am looking forward to hearing them. The committee and I will select the winning proposals and announce them in November.
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