Police Announce Winning Projects Following Online Funding Vote
PROJECTS across the west and centre of Birmingham are to receive thousands of pounds in funding thanks to an online police poll which sees criminal cash put back into the local community.
More than 2,500 individual votes were cast during the Birmingham West and Central Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) poll, with the eight shortlisted community groups all set to receive funding.
The Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) allows officers to recover money and assets gained by offenders through their criminal activity.
On this occasion, almost £40,000 was distributed between the groups based on their final standings following the voting and what they originally requested.
The community project to receive the most votes was St Mary’s Convent in Handsworth. They will receive their full allocation of funding to setup a new project supporting women who are vulnerable due to domestic violence, forced marriage or those who feel isolated due to cultural traditions.
Projects that came second, third and fourth in the poll will also receive the majority of funding. These projects include a youth club based at St.Vincent Street in Ladywood, a ‘Safe Ways’ project that provides workshops to young people in the Lozells, Aston, Nechells and Handsworth and the creation of a multi-use games area in Highgate.
The four community projects with the lowest number of votes have each been allocated £2000 to assist with their projects.
Superintendent Sean Russell, responsible for local policing in Birmingham west and central, said: “We are extremely pleased to be able to support all eight of these community groups with funding that has been taken away from convicted criminals.
“Thousands of people took advantage of this opportunity to have their say in how POCA money is spent in their local area, and we were genuinely thrilled with the popularity of the voting process.
“We are very pleased to be able to offer this funding to each of the groups and the money will now be put to good use in helping young and vulnerable people from across Birmingham.”
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