Nottingham’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Paddy Tipping told CBJ that following the recent funding cuts, they have decided to grant funds to keep the project.
It comes after the programme, run by Malt Cross Cafe bar turned to crowd funding to raise £5,000, after a three-year grant period by Comic Relief ended earlier this year. So far a total amount of £1,365 has been raised online via the Crowd Funder website, from the general public and now the PCC is set to support the service.
Paddy Tipping said: ” Nottingham is a great place to come and have a night out, and i want it to be a safe place for a night out”
”The street pastors contribute to that, they look after the people when they’re in trouble. Their funding which came from Comic Relief has come to end and I’m determined to keep it going”
”So in principle we’re going to fund them into the future, till the Autumn, when they can get new funding proposal together.”
Chief Inspector Shaun Ostle said: ” Its a shame that it has come to an end, but obviously if the PCC would fund that, thats fantastic because they do a vital job working with us in the city centre in the night time economy.”
”If you look at how many people the street pastors help, that are vulnerable, either they are ill or drunk or they just can’t find their way home; and the time they spend with these people is saving police and ambulance time. so they obviously contribute to saving costs”
The fund, covers expenses ranging from flip-flops, insurance and uniforms, all aimed at offering help and advice to those requesting it and help to get them home safely.
With concerns about funding issues reoccurring in the future, plans have already been made to encourage nightclubs who are not paying the late night levy directly to the City Council to also contribute, according to Paddy Tippy.
CBJ approached the Chief Executive of the project, Jo Cox Brown for a comment on the new grant on Monday, but is yet to receive a response.
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