Staffordshire Commissioner visits GetWild project in Stafford

Staffordshire Commissioner Matthew Ellis visited young people at the GetWild project in Stafford, which has received a £3,000 grant from the People Power Fund.

The weekly GetWild sessions, held every Friday by Staffordshire Wildlife Trust at Doxey Marshes, use a range of activities including building dens, pond dipping, bug hunting and other activities to engage with young people in the area, providing them with opportunities to learn new skills, make new friends and inspire their sense of adventure.

Staffordshire Commissioner for Police, Fire and Rescue and Crime Matthew Ellis said: “The GetWild project is a fantastic opportunity for youngsters to get outside in our beautiful surroundings during the summer holidays, and I’m pleased to support the great work underway at Doxey Marshes through the People Power Fund.”

The Staffordshire Commissioner has made £200,000 available through the People Power Fund and Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) Fund.

The latest round of People Power Funding opened on 1 August and applicants have until 14 September to make their application.

The People Power Fund supports locally driven community safety activities throughout Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. These include providing long-term positive activities for young people to help reduce anti-social behaviour or mentoring programmes for targeted local groups, through to activities that reassure and improve the quality of life for people in local areas. 

Matthew Ellis said: “The People Power Fund helps local communities with ideas to make their areas safer. It is really easy to apply for and is about preventing problems like anti-social behaviour through early intervention, whether that’s better security or anything that is likely to successfully deter wrong-doing and community nuisance.” 

People Power Fund applications need to be sponsored by the group’s Neighbourhood Police Officer or PCSO and will initially be assessed by the local Community Safety Partnership.

The People Power Fund is one part of the Commissioner’s Community Funding for 2019/20.

You can find out more and apply at www.staffordshire-pfcc.gov.uk/peoplepowerfund