Buxton charities receive a helping hand thanks to police POCA funding

Posted on 9th September 2013

 Two Buxton charities receive a helping hand thanks to cash grants retrieved by police under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

The cash claimed through the act has already been used to fund essential projects for both charities to help support communities across the High Peak and Derbyshire Dales.

Peaks and Dales Advocacy, who offer free help and advice to older people; people with learning difficulties and mental health problems received support through a donation of £1500.

The Grapevine Wellbeing Centre received £1000 to help fund their work and allow them to develop projects to support mental wellbeing within the Buxton and High Peak communities.

Under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA), anyone who profits from crime can lose the financial and lifestyle gains they have enjoyed.

Police can then apply to the courts to cash or other ill-gotten assets seized and sold, and use the money generated to pay compensation or for other projects

Sergeant Steve England, who is in charge of the Vulnerable Persons Unit at Buxton, said: "I'm thrilled that we have been able to help these extremely worthwhile organisations with cash grants from POCA.

“It's a fantastic way for us to be able to put money earned illegally and seized from criminals back into the community, so law-abiding members of the public can benefit."

Peter Dawson, who is the manager at Peaks and Dales Advocacy and received the grant, said: “The money we have received from Derbyshire police has been invaluable for our charity.

“We have been able to develop projects for those with learning difficulties, and also keep on vital staff members who deliver an important service for vulnerable adults across the Dales.

“It is so encouraging to be given a donation to show that our work in the communities has been both valued and recognised and continues to spur us on in our projects”.

 

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