South Yorkshire police chief visits project helping sex abuse victims

25 Sept 2014.......Reverend Dr Alan Billings - formerly a board member of the Youth Justice Board for England & Wales, a member of the England Committee of the Big Lottery Fund, and a Deputy Leader of Sheffield City Council - has been selected by the Labour Party as a candidate for the election of a Police and Crime Commissioner in South Yorkshire. Picture Scott Merrylees SM1005/21f

25 Sept 2014.......Reverend Dr Alan Billings - formerly a board member of the Youth Justice Board for England & Wales, a member of the England Committee of the Big Lottery Fund, and a Deputy Leader of Sheffield City Council - has been selected by the Labour Party as a candidate for the election of a Police and Crime Commissioner in South Yorkshire. Picture Scott Merrylees SM1005/21f

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South Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner has visited a housing project in Sheffield which was awarded a grant to help women affected by sexual abuse and exploitation.

Dr Alan Billings heard the Young Women’s Housing Project helps around 50 vulnerable women a year.

25 Sept 2014.......Reverend Dr Alan Billings - formerly a board member of the Youth Justice Board for England & Wales, a member of the England Committee of the Big Lottery Fund, and a Deputy Leader of Sheffield City Council - has been selected by the Labour Party as a candidate for the election of a Police and Crime Commissioner in South Yorkshire. Picture Scott Merrylees SM1005/21f

25 Sept 2014.......Reverend Dr Alan Billings - formerly a board member of the Youth Justice Board for England & Wales, a member of the England Committee of the Big Lottery Fund, and a Deputy Leader of Sheffield City Council - has been selected by the Labour Party as a candidate for the election of a Police and Crime Commissioner in South Yorkshire. Picture Scott Merrylees SM1005/21f

The project has houses and flats across Sheffield to provide safe accommodation for the women along with specialist support and practical help.

It was awarded £27,000 in the Police and Crime Commissioner’s community grant scheme.

Dr Billings said: “It was encouraging to see the good work the Young Women’s Housing Project does with vulnerable people.

“I have met some very dedicated people helping others face difficulties in their lives and understand how to keep safe and avoid putting themselves in vulnerable situations.”

Call 0114 268 0580 to make a referral to the project or visit www.ywhp.org.uk