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Decisions of the PCC - November 2019

On this page, any decisions made by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland will be published. The table below outlines each decision supported by the Decision Form used by the Commissioner to justify the decision.

Note: Where a link to the decision document is unavailable, this will be updated as soon as possible.

Decisions of the PCC - November 2019

Decision Reference Number Decision Title Decision Summary Date Authorised 
2019-181620 Funding - One More Light

Element 1 CIC is a social enterprise based in Stockton-on-Tees. The group aims to improve the quality of life of the people of Cleveland through community activities based around culture, creativity and food, providing opportunities for people to engage, build their confidence, learn new skills and increase their employability.

Element 1 are recording and producing a CD of a special version of the song, One More Light. The band who originally performed the song, wrote it in memory of a friend who passed away. It was then released again when the co-writer and singer took his own life.

The Choir will be made up of residents of all backgrounds from Cleveland including prisoners, ex-service personnel and refugees. The audio track will be available to download for free online. Element 1 have created a funding page for contributions from the audio track which will be used for the ongoing 'Pals Programme' an initiative which involves training in communities and workplaces for listening and signposting men who may require support.

2019-181747 Sexual Violence Counselling Provision - Redcar and Cleveland

Eva Women’s Aid is a Domestic and Sexual Violence Support Service based within the Redcar and Cleveland area. Previously, Eva Women’s Aid was in receipt of funding from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) Rape Support Fund to provide support to victims of rape and sexual abuse to enable them to cope and recover. In 2019, the MoJ announced a competitive exercise whereby services had to bid for future funding which would be awarded over a sustainable period of time. Unfortunately, Eva were not successful in this competitive process leaving their counselling service at risk of closing and an infinite number of vulnerable victims ostracised and unable to access vital services, especially those from within rural communities.

The PCC wrote to Edward Agar MP in July 2019 expressing concern for victims of sexual violence living within the Redcar and Cleveland area and the barriers faced in them having to access services outside of their local area. In addition to this the OPCC established a Sexual Violence Commissioners Forum bringing together commissioners across the area including NHS England, Local Authorities and Clinical Commissioning Group. This forum meets regularly to ensure that support services are available to meet the needs of victims including services that are accessible in a timely manner, specialist and sustainable.

Whilst this work commenced and developed the OPCC agreed to provide funding to Eva up to March 2020 to enable Eva to consider their long term sustainability plans and for commissioners to gain a greater understanding of need with the potential to co-commission services in the future.

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