Funding will be provided to Arch North East to provide an out of hours support service available to clients until 7pm three days a week (Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday).
This will sustain the accessibility to clients who work or who are in college and cannot access services during normal hours without disruption to their education and employment.
The funding will allow for 300 out of hours sessions over the period of the grant.
In addition to this the funding will support the retention of a part-time ISVA (18 hours per week) which is a continuation of funding provided by the Police and Crime Commissioner in 2015. This ISVA is currently working with 33 clients and over the past 12 months has worked with 51 clients providing 209 sessions of support directly to victims, as well as support to 19 family members. Referral levels for the ISVA team have remained consistent at Arch and having this post in place allows a high quality service to be delivered.
All funding provided for Sexual Abuse services across Cleveland will be subject to discussion at the Tees Sexual Violence Commissioners meetings in order to agree collaborative ways forward.