A new fund for projects which support victims of crime has been launched by Cheshire's police and crime commissioner.
David Keane has today (Tuesday 31st July) launched his Supporting Victims Fund, which organisations in Cheshire can bid for to sustain the services they provide to help victims cope and recover from their ordeal.
The commissioner is responsible for commissioning local support services for victims of crime through an annual grant from the Ministry of Justice, but this is the first time David Keane has appealed directly to victim support organisations to apply for a proportion of that fund.
Through the Supporting Victims Fund, £160,000 is available for projects that specifically support victims under the age of 18, victims with mental health issues, victims at risk of exploitation or victims of hate crime.
£40,000 is available for each priority area; this may be allocated to one project in full or shared between multiple projects which support that particular priority.
David said: "I am committed to putting victims first and ensuring that our local victim services offer the right type of support to give victims of crime the confidence to seek help when they need it.
"Victims of crime can be of any age, gender, race or sexual orientation and can be vulnerable due to characteristics such as a disability, mental health issues, religion/belief or the type and nature of the crime committed.
"I want to ensure that along with being able to access free support from Cheshire CARES - my dedicated support service for all victims of crime in Cheshire - that victims with the greatest need have access to support that is tailored to them.
"I hope that my new Supporting Victims Fund will encourage more victims to come forward so they can be supported through the aftermath of their crime and long-term recovery."
Applications for the Supporting Victims Fund will be accepted from a range of organisations, including voluntary and community organisations, charities, community interest companies, local authorities or any other public sector providers.
All successful applicants will be required to have their project up-and-running by the October 2018 and will be supported by the fund for up to 12 months.
The deadline for applications is 4pm on Friday 31st August 2018.