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Giving back to communities in Stockport

Greater Manchester Police is launching a brand new initiative to put money seized from criminals back in to local communities.

Giving back to communities in Stockport

“Giving Back” helps GMP and partners give money to individuals, organisations and groups to tackle crime and antisocial behaviour in their neighbourhoods. This is part of GMP’s commitment to listening to and working with people to tackle the issues that matter most to them.

People can bid for between £500 and £2000 in Bridgehall and Adswood in Stockport and GMP is looking for people to put forward their ideas for how the money could be spent and then decide who gets funding.

Chief Superintendent Paul Savill from Greater Manchester Police said: “It’s crucial that the people who live in our area have the final say on how funding is allocated as part of this scheme. We worked hard to find out which issues matter most to communities so it’s only right that we ask them to decide how it can best be tackled.

“By working together and putting money gained illegally back into our areas we can continue to create happier, healthier and safer place to live, work and enjoy.”

GMP welcomes ideas from individuals, groups or organisations for innovative projects that focus on tackling antisocial behaviour and make their neighbourhood a better place to live.

The Force and its partners are also holding an event, inviting applicants who are successful at the first stage of the process to present their idea to people from the community – they need as many people as possible from the area to come along, listen to the ideas and vote for the one they think will make the most difference.

Councillor Sheila Bailey, Stockport Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “This is a great opportunity to use the money we’ve taken from criminals to help local communities. I’d encourage residents to submit their ideas or projects to the GMP, so we can work together with communities in Bridgehall and Adswood to tackle the issues that matter most to them.”

If you think you or a group/organisation you’re involved with have a great idea to help tackle antisocial behaviour visit www.gmp.police.uk/givingback to apply to the scheme.

For more information on “Giving Back” in Stockport or to submit an electronic application form please email stockport.central@gmp.police.uk

Paper applications can be picked up and dropped off at Bridgehall Community Centre, Adswood Community centre, Abacus or Bridgehall Police Post.

Applications close midnight on 8 February 2018, after which a public event will be held for those who are successful at the application process to pitch their idea to the public:

Midday to 4pm on 3 March 2018 at Adswood Youth centre.