Lewes-based charity The Oyster Project has received a grant of £ 4,900 from the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Safer in Sussex Community Fund.
John Russell joined the Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, and representatives from more than 60 other Sussex organisations who had also been awarded funding at a special ‘Celebration Showcase’ event held in Lewes last week.
Commenting on the funding award John said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this grant from the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Community Fund, which will assist disabled people approach and understand policing needs and how they can be assisted in the community by effective policing.”
Commending The Oyster Project on its successful bid, Mrs Bourne said: “The Oyster Project is a great example of an innovative local project that aims to make our communities safer. The Safer in Sussex Community Fund was launched to help communities tackle crime and disorder and I am very pleased with the level of response we received during the first round of applications.
“I look forward to visiting the team at The Oyster Project and following the progress of the project over the coming months.”
John continued: “We will be running regular weekly drop-in surgeries for people with disabilities where they can get information and meet people involved in local policing.
“The surgeries will run for a year and be held at the Oyster Community Cafe at the All Saints Community Centre in Friars Walk each Wednesday and every Friday at The Chapel Cafe, Westgate Chapel, alongside our FoodBank Friday events.”