FUNDING of almost £15,000 has been allocated to help some of York’s most vulnerable people.

The Police and Crime Commissioner’s Community Fund has granted £5,000 to Safe and Sound Homes (SASH), which supports young homeless people in York, and has also granted York Independent Living £9,358, which will help their network of disabled people.

SASH is set to use the funding to run a series of new outdoor activity programmes for young people in supported living, while York Independent Living’s grant will assist with a project for up to 40 disabled people to help them better understand, prevent and support victims of disability hate crime.

Julia Mulligan, Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, said: “There is always more that can be done to help vulnerable people be safer and partake in society.

“I launched the Community Fund nearly a year ago because I knew that there was a huge will among local groups to run projects that would bring clear benefits to the sense of safety in their communities.”

Since the Community Fund’s launch, £237,000 has been awarded to support projects that promote community safety and reduce harm in the community.

Other projects to benefit from the latest round of grants include Your Voice, an advocacy service for black and minority ethnic members of North Yorkshire’s communities which received £19,966, Lifestyle Challenge 2014, a countywide competition for young people aged ten to 16 to carry out a project that benefits their community during the summer holidays, which received £20,000, and Build a Bike, a project that involves young people from youth clubs across the county in building a serviceable bicycle from spare parts, which received £500.

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