Safe streets forum projects receive EU cash

Safety nets to promote safer streets won £1.1m EU and national funding from The Community Safety Fund

Workshops across the country will start on Monday, sponsored by the European Social Fund, which has allocated £1.1m to five projects in England, Scotland and Wales that aim to promote safe streets and safer communities.

Olly Clarke, chairman of the Campaign to Stop the Rail Crash, which is one of the five recipients, says: “Our experts use their expertise and experience to develop solutions that can improve public health, education and the economy. This funding will help to make sure that no one has to worry about going about their business when they are on public transport.

“Ultimately, we are here to make transport safer by promoting safer travel for people from all walks of life.”

The €4.5m EU funding is given by the Community Safety Fund (CSF), funded by the European Social Fund through a partnership with Interdepartmental Departments of Education, Health and Social Affairs and Health and Safety Board England. The fund also supports evidence-based projects that can help make the EU a safer place to live.

Philip Greaves, chair of the CSF, says: “The CSF is an investment in safety – research proves that using safety nets and barriers can reduce violence, levels of cardio-vascular disease and suicide, improve the mental health of residents, and protect people living in areas with high levels of social deprivation and crime.”

In its annual survey of the EU’s largest social indicators, the Community Safety Fund singled out community safety as one of the policy issues that would have a most significant impact on peoples’ lives if implemented effectively.

The projects selected for the funding are designed to support safety in disadvantaged areas, promote economic growth and improve health. They are backed by leading mental health care experts and have already achieved a reduction in violent incidents.

Couple for All aims to promote community integration in newly integrated areas by encouraging people to realise that romantic partnerships could be “couple enough”.

Hunted, another recipient, aims to address the loneliness experienced by older people by promoting opportunities to maintain independence and improve their communication skills.

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