Friday, 22 May 2009

SSCF MONEY HELPING TO IMPROVE AREA

Thanet district Council press release

A team of workers offering advice, services and support to residents, businesses and community groups in Margate Central and Cliftonville West are being funded by more than £200,000 from the Safer Stronger Communities Fund (SSCF).

For the second year running, the SSCF is focusing on funding these workers, who in the last year have helped to put on a number of events in the area, including the Cliftonville Games, the Big Sky jazz and kite festivals and quad bike events. The CASE Kent team has also helped local groups with successful funding bids, totaling almost £20,000.

In the past year, a team of four SSCF funded workers have worked with young people, members of the community and people with learning difficulties. The SSCF has funded three workers to provide welfare advice and a worker to provide support to those in a domestic abuse situation. As a result of the funding, several projects have obtained further money, with the hope that they can then continue once the SSCF programme ends in March 2010.

Two community group advisors have been funded to continue to provide advice, support and help with fund raising. A community warden and two Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) have worked with the community to provide a safer environment in the two wards and have supported parents and students at Hartsdown Technical College. The workers have worked with the community to hold events and set up new clubs for school children, youths and adults.

The community warden has issued 126 Fixed Penalty Notices for littering or to people who put their black sacks of rubbish out for collection on the wrong day. The SSCF funded Waste and Recycling Enforcement Officer has issued around 20 enforcement notices per month over the last year and this work is continuing. From June 2009, an Anti-Social Behaviour Officer will also be added to the team.

SSCF Programme Board Chair, Colin Maclean, said: "Our team of SSCF workers has achieved a huge amount over the last year and has made a real difference to people's lives in both Margate Central and Cliftonville West. We look forward to seeing their work continue over the final year of the SSCF programme and hopefully beyond then."

In total, the SSCF has put £213,007 into supporting this team this year, by part-funding these roles, along with other partners. This makes it more likely that the roles can continue once the SSCF programme ends in March 2010. For more details, contact the SSCF team at Thanet District Council on 01843 577534 or visit www.thanet.gov.uk/sscf or email sscf@thanet.gov.uk

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