Retain Wellbeing CIC, on behalf of GIFT Café Puddington has been awarded funding by Cheshire police and crime commissioner
Retain Wellbeing CIC and the Café have been successful in our application to police and crime commissioner David Keane’s Community Police Fund to deliver a project to make Puddington more inclusive and safer.
Retain has been awarded a grant to purchase a marquee style, outdoor area with flooring to bring people together to enjoy activities outdoors which are all dementia inclusive. The structure will be in the grounds of the GIFT Café and will build upon the work we started before lockdown last year. As soon as everyone is allowed to meet up outside of family groups they intend to use the space for sessions and activities organised by Retain and others to socialise, have fun and be creative.
They worked with our local policing team to develop the bid to ensure it addressed local community safety issues including COVID19 and specifically, inclusion for all.
The Community Police Fund links directly to the recently launched initiative to increase police visibility in every community in Cheshire by providing a dedicated Police Constable (PC) and Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) for all 122 policing communities.
The fund has been developed using money seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act (PoCA) 2002 to send a clear message to criminals that crime doesn’t pay.
PCC David Keane said: “By taking out the profits that fund crime and reinvesting them into community, we can help prevent further offences and increase community safety.
“This fund is empowering our local communities to work directly with our 122 community PCs and PCSOs on tailored projects which make a real difference to your local area.
“I look forward to seeing the difference this project will make in preventing crime and anti-social behaviour.”
Service Development Manager Caroline Hutton said “We can’t wait to get going! First thing’s first-we will be shopping for an appropriate structure and flooring to ensure our recent weather we have witnessed does not prohibit its use. Add some tables and chairs (socially distanced!) and activities from physical activity, bird watching, singing and anything else you can think of and we will be able to do our part in re-building people’s confidence and outlook, whether they are affected by dementia or not. We look forward to welcoming you all when the time is right!”
Last modified: 19 February 2021