The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner is bucking national trends to show support for Voluntary and Community Sector Organisations via a new grant scheme.

On the 29th of May W.A.I.T.S in partnership with NCVO, AVECO and the WM PCC’s office delivered a workshop on funding opportunities with the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner. The over-subscribed event, aimed at Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) organisations, gave attendees the opportunity to learn more about this new grant funding offer, discuss and feedback on the results of the WM PCC Victims of Crime Consultation and learn more about the opportunities available for competing for WM PCC contracts and forming consortia.

Speakers included Cath Hannon, Police and Crime Commissioner Bob Jones’ lead for victims of crime, Lev Pedro, NCVO and Alan Gillespie, AVECO. Women’s Resource Centre CEO Vivienne Hayes offered support to West Midlands VAWG organisations wanting to form consortia.

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Marcia Lewinson, Chief Executive of W.A.I.T.S, who organised the training day said:

“This event was a great opportunity for VAWG organisations from across the West Midlands to come together and enter into dialogue with the PCC officials.

“Nationally, there has been an ongoing trend of public bodies moving away from grants to commissioning models. This can leave small charities and voluntary organisations at a disadvantage when competing for contracts against larger or more established competitors. The fact that West Midlands PCC Bob Jones has decided on a grant model for the West Midlands alongside a commissioning approach really demonstrates his commitment to working with the voluntary sector to reduce fear of crime and improve safety.

“Likewise, this sell-out event really demonstrates the willingness of Violence Against Women and Girls Organisations to work with the Police and Crime Commissioner.

“We are very pleased that Bob Jones is bucking the trend by offering this grant funding.”

For more information on event and topics discussed contact Marcia Lewinson, Chief Executive of W.A.I.T.S on marcia@waitsaction.org