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Inverness wellbeing projects involving BID could secure £23,000 worth of Common Good funding

By Ali Morrison

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Operation Respect brings together a range of different agencies.
Operation Respect brings together a range of different agencies.

Two projects involving Inverness BID and geared towards the wellbeing of people are set to receive funding via the city’s Common Good Fund.

A £13,403 grant for Operation Respect’s task team for Easter, summer and autumn this year has been recommended for approval along with £9700 for Safe Inverness, which are both co-ordinated by BID.

Although Operation Respect is a Police Scotland initiative led by Inverness area command, it is very much a partnership between organisations dedicated to providing expertise in multiple areas, contributing towards the wellbeing of those in the community.

These include BID and Inverness Street Pastors as agencies and local voluntary partners pool their varied skills to tackle street disorder, antisocial behaviour, retail crime and other forms of criminality.

It is also designed to provide assistance to vulnerable people – whether that is a result of mental health concerns, alcohol or substance abuse – and provide a safe environment and the provision of pastoral care to those who are in need.

Safe Inverness is a crime reduction partnership and secure website for BID members which provides important community safety information and local intelligence for all member businesses on a range of preventions and interventions to keep people and premises safe.

BID also chairs and co-ordinates the retail security group, and facilitates access for businesses to the independent commercial ShopSafe radio system operated across the city centre by retail outlets and the hospitality sector.

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