Cash confiscated from convicted loan sharks has been awarded to 10 local projects in Lincolnshire, who have each received 250.
The initiative entitled 'Loving Your Communities' was created by the England Illegal Money Lending Team working in partnership with
Residents were able to vote online and in-person for which projects would receive the funding. All of the projects help to raise awareness of the dangers of loan sharks.
Each of the following projects has received up to 250:
CAP Money, a national money management course, will use the funding to offer sessions specifically designed for young people, to help prepare them for being responsible for their own finance.
The Witham Family Centre - Parents Saving Scheme Incentive
Will use the funding for an incentive which encourages adults to join the
The Witham Family Centre - Children Saving Scheme Incentive
Funding will also be used to place deposits in children's accounts as an incentive to save.
Will use the funding to feature information on the dangers of loan sharks in their community newsletter, on their notice board and on their facebook page.
Moorland Community Coffee Club Bingo Boost
Moorland Community Centre Come Dine With Us
Come Dine With Us is a not for profit community group providing low cost lunches to the Local Community from
Will use the funding to take a group of young people aged 16-25 and coach them through writing, designing and performing a Theatre In Education (TIE) workshop. This workshop will visit chosen youth centres, schools and youth groups. Not only will this performance highlight issues around money but also the dangers of using loan sharks.
Birchwood Colts JFC - 1
Birchwood Colts JFC provides football for the children on the
Birchwood Colts JFC - 2
Put forward a second successful bid for funding to provide hoodies for one of their teams, which will have the logo "stop loan sharks" on them along with the hotline number.
Have used the funding to create a film in English and Russian telling of the problems of getting involved in loan sharks, whilst signposting people to the
"All of the groups had interesting ways of using the seized money to spread the word about the dangers of illegal lenders.
"With such a diverse range of initiatives, aimed at both supporting and informing people, there will be no excuse for not knowing how to report illegal lenders.
" It's got to be uncomfortable publicity for the illegal lenders out there, which is great news."
" Thanks to everyone who voted or entered a bid- you have contributed to making a difference and tackling this crime in your community.
"Loan sharks are a scourge on society and cause harm and misery to their victims, but we are continuing to tackle them in Lincolnshire and across the country.
"We would always urge victims of illegal money lenders to seek help by contacting us in confidence on 0300 555 2222."
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