Proceeds of Crime Act-funded Kids Matter project to make impact
Money recovered from criminals is being used to support disadvantaged families and other vulnerable people across Cambridgeshire.
Churches across the county, including four in Cambridge, have been awarded £2,000 each from Proceeds of Crime Act funding and the charity, Cinnamon Network.
From January, the city churches will run the Kids Matter project, a parenting programme that aims to provide early intervention for families with children who are at future risk of engaging in violence.
The project will be run by St Barnabas Church in Mill Road, St John the Evangelist in Hills Road, St James in Wulfstan Way and St Andrew’s Church in Cherry Hinton.
Inspector Paul Rogerson said: “Proceeds of Crime Act hearings demonstrate that crime doesn’t pay and furthermore, schemes like this highlight what that money then goes towards.
“The projects soon to be carried out by these churches across Cambridgeshire support a number of force priorities – from serious street based violence to child exploitation and domestic abuse.
“We are delighted to be working in partnership with local churches and Cinnamon Network to support vulnerable people within the community and address some of the root causes of crime.”
Mike Royal, co-CEO of Cinnamon Network, said: “By providing churches with a combination of expert advice and practical support to start projects, we hope to make a lasting difference in the lives of the most marginalised and vulnerable.”