Date14 March 2023
The shortlist for this year’s Your Community, Your Choice initiative, which sponsors grass-roots projects, has been released and the public are now being asked to vote for their preferred local project to receive funding. The initiative is supported by the North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner, North Wales Police and Community Trust (PACT) and North Wales Police.
Following another successful run of applications for the initiative this year, a panel made up of the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner North Wales, North Wales Police and North Wales Police and Community Trust have chosen the list of nominees in with the chance of winning funding for their projects.
The initiative celebrates a decade of funding projects in 2023 and to celebrate this milestone, the funding available to apply for has doubled to £120,000. The funding comes partly from money seized by the courts through the Proceeds of Crime Act with the rest from the Police and Crime Commissioner.
The groups and projects in the running for funding are as follows:
- Amlwch Showstoppers – Sound Equipment Upgrade
- GirlGuiding Anglesey - Storage Improvement project
- Llanfaes Community Centre - Llanfaes Play Area project
- Scouts Ynys Môn - Central Storage Resource project
- Friends of Queens Park, Llandudno - Night Lighting project
- Conwy District Scouts - Rowen Scout Camp maintenance project
- Kaleidescope Theatre Company - Youth Theatre Development project
- Kind Bay Initiative - Arts and Wellness project
- Blossom and Bloom – Wellbeing Hub project
- Efenechtyd Community Council - Community Park and Play Area development project
- Llangollen Parks Project - Pengwern Park Adventure Trail project
- Rhyl Cycling Club - Road Skills and Safety for Young Bike Riders project
- Cobra Life - Cobra Bully Buster project
- Aura Wales Leisure - Youth ASB Education and Engagement project
- Enbarr Foundation CIC - Back to Basics project
- Holywell Town Council - Youth Engagement project
- 1st Saltney Ferry Scout Group - Camping Equipment provision
- Byw’n Iach - Mentro Allan project
- Harlech and Ardudwy Leisure - Harlech and Ardudwy Youth Activities Group project
- Seren Ffestiniog Cyf - Serennu yn y Cylch project
- Llansantffraid Glyn Ceiriog Community Council – Youth Club project
- Rhostyllen FC - Anti-vandalism fencing project
- Yellow and Blue Group - Our City, Our Tribe project
Pan-North Wales projects
- North Wales 4x4 Response - Community Support Trailer project
- DangerPoint - Safer North Wales project
- North Wales Crusaders Foundation - Changing Lives Through Rugby project
- Woody’s Lodge - Veterans into the Community project
- Youth Shedz Cymru - The Recovery Shed project
The voting window is now open and will close on 17 March 2023. You can find out more about each project and cast your votes here: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/YCYC_23
North Wales Police & Crime Commissioner Andy Dunbobbin said: “I’ve been very impressed by the quality of applications for this year’s Your Community, Your Choice initiative and now I’m calling on the public to choose who they would like to see benefit from the funding on offer.
“Groups and organisations across North Wales give their time and energy to help their local area and Your Community, Your Choice is a great way to give back and help these organisations achieve their aims and plans. They help to keep our neighbourhoods safe and secure, and to meet the priorities in my Police and Crime Plan. Given that this is the initiative’s tenth year, with a record amount of money on offer, I’d urge as many people as possible to vote for your choice, for your community!”
PACT Chairman Ashley Rogers stated: “We have put the decision of which community groups should receive funding in the hands of the public and I’d urge everyone to check out the shortlisted projects that aim to support communities across North Wales.
“I’ve been fortunate to see so many community groups benefit over recent years, and this has made a real change in how they are able to deliver their services. Let’s keep this momentum going in 2023 and vote now for your preferred project.”
North Wales Police Assistant Chief Constable Chris Allsop said: “I’m pleased to be a part of the Your Community, Your Choice initiative in its tenth year of funding projects. The money makes a real difference to community projects and goes a long way to solving local issues and tackling crime. I hope as many people as possible submit a vote for their preferred projects.”