Almost 100 community groups across Gwent are set to benefit from new funding awarded by Gwent's Police and Crime Commissioner Jeff Cuthbert this week. The funding - which comes from a £220,000 pot of cash seized from criminals - aims to support projects which make a positive difference in their communities.
I was delighted that so many community groups from Newport East were successful in their application for funding from the PCC; including the 2nd Caldicot Scouts, Newport Sea Cadets, Spencer Boys Junior FC, Glebeland Bowls, Caldicot Musical Theatre Society and Community House & Newport BME Youth Forum.
Another local group awarded a richly-deserved funding boost were Newport Street Pastors, who have been awarded £3,000 to purchase new equipment and uniforms for their volunteers. I have been fortunate enough to join the Street Pastors on a night shift , and I witnessed first hand their selfless efforts in assisting and safeguarding individuals in a distressed or vulnerable state. I'm sure that this new funding boost will be a great support to them in continuing their excellent work in our city.