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Volunteer group for vulnerable people in Buxton receives cash donation

Posted on 23rd September 2013
Buxton Safe Group receives POCA money

A group dedicated to providing vulnerable adults in Buxton with a safe environment to socialise in has been given a £500 donation from police.

Buxton Safe Group was started five years ago as a “moving on” provision for the Youth Service, which caters for children up to the age of 18.

The group offers social activities in a safe, secure environment to those aged 18 and over who would otherwise not have the chance to socialise.

Police have now donated £500 to the group to help with its running costs and to fund extra activities for those who benefit from it.

The cash was granted through the Proceeds of Crime Act, where police seize cash earned through crime and use it to benefit communities across Derbyshire.

Cath Sterndale, who helps run the Safe Group, said: “We rely entirely on donations and this cash will make a huge, positive difference to the vulnerable people we cater for.

“A lot of the people who use the service are only in part-time employment or on benefits and financially, this donation puts a lot of activities within their reach.

“We will ask the vulnerable people who come to the Safe Group how they want to use the money, whether that will be a day out or a similar activity.

“Young people should be able to enjoy life as young people and this tremendous donation will help us help them achieve that.”

Under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA), assets earned by criminals can be seized and sold, with the money being put back into the community.

Police can apply to the courts for cash to fund projects that benefit members of the public by aiming to cut crime and anti-social behaviour.

PCSO Ally Ratcliffe, from Buxton Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “The work the Safe Group does is incredible and it has such a positive impact on so many vulnerable young adults.

“We want to help worthy causes that make a difference to the quality of life in the community of Buxton and hopefully this money will help the group continue to do just that.”

Other groups that have benefited from POCA donations recently include the Friends of Pavilion Gardens, which used £1,000 to fund new CCTV cameras, and Fairfield’s skate park project, which is raising money to build new skating facilities for local youngsters.

To find out more, contact Buxton or Fairfield Safer Neighbourhood Team on 101.

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