Victim support boost

A scheme offering support to victims of crime is to be expanded, thanks to funding from the Police and Crime Commissioner.

Tuesday, 22nd November 2016, 12:46 pm
Updated Wednesday, 23rd November 2016, 1:59 pm
Bernie Keenan

Under the banner ‘Better Together’, Safe and Secure has been running for over a year in South Ribble, bringing together South Ribble Council, Chorley Council, Progress Housing Group, Preston Care and Repair and Lancashire Constabulary.

So far it has helped over 50 households, providing a range of equipment to improve home security and enable people to feel safer in their home.

Now £7,200 from the PCC means it can support a Witness Support Programme operated by Progress Housing Group.

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Bernie Keenan, executive director of Progress Housing Group, said: “The partnership is very appreciative of this extra funding which will enable us to provide a more focused response to vulnerable people who have been victims of crime, those who are currently subject to crime and anti-social behaviour or people that have come forward as witnesses. It will enable Progress Housing Group to continue to work with victims and witnesses and offer a 24/7 service.

“This partnership really works and we hope that by working ‘Better Together’ we can make this area a safer place to live and work.”