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Brecon projects awarded £3,000 for community garden project

Brecon projects awarded £3,000 for community garden project

Daffodils in spring Our Brecon projects (Brecon Foyer, Brecon Homeless and Stoneleigh Manor) have recently been awarded £3,000 from the Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner's Fund to help them start up a community garden project in Brecon. 

The projects were nominated by PCSO Simon Beaton of the Neighbourhood Policing Team in order help enhance the lives of the people supported by the projects in Brecon.

The funds will be managed equally by both the staff and clients and will be used to purchase gardening tools, benches and other furniture, wall art, plants and seeds, paint, raised beds and other gardening materials needed to put together a community garden. 

The garden will be located at the Brecon Homeless project but clients from the other projects will also benefit, as well as those using our floating support services. The aim is for the clients to budget, plan and create a communal space to produce home grown vegetables and get involved in creating recipes and cooking their own produce. If that goes well, the longer term outcome is to hopefully start selling the produce in the local farmer’s market. 

The Commissioner's Fund scheme is operated by Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner to improve the lives of people across the region and is funded by the proceeds of crime which are awarded to the police from the sale of unclaimed found property. 

Community projects and charities are nominated for a grant of up to £5,000 by frontline police officers and Dyfed-Powys Police staff to help develop ideas and projects with a positive outcome for the area they serve. Awards are approved against criteria such as the need for the project and the numbers who will benefit.

The Commissioner said: "I’m delighted that we’ve been able to offer grants totalling £92,588. This will be shared out across the region to help improve the lives of the people in our communities. I congratulate Gwalia for their successful submission; the number and quality of applications was high. I thank all those who worked so hard on their submissions to the third round of Commissioner’s Fund grants."