Cleveland Safer Communities VCS Network
The Cleveland Safer Communities VCS Network (CSCN) is a grant funded project of the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC). It is a Cleveland wide project, co-ordinated by MVDA on behalf of the Office of the PCC (OPCC). It is the principle route for voluntary and community sector (VCS) engagement with the OPCC.
The aims of the CSCN include:
- Co-ordinating communications and joint working arrangements between the VCS and OPCC
- Providing information from a range of national and local sources, to support VCOs working in crime reduction and community safety
- Identification of VCOs that deliver services in support of the PCC’s priorities and have valuable links into communities of interest, identity and place
- Supporting the development and capacity of services that contribute to crime reduction and community safety
- Supporting the development of OPCC planning and commissioning processes
The work of the CSCN includes:
- Identifying and building the database of SFCN organisations
- Production of a monthly e-bulletin and regular email updates to keep organisations informed of relevant news and communications
- Representation on Cleveland-wide strategic forums:
- Reducing Re-offending Strategic Partnership
- Victims Strategic Partnership
- Hate Crime Strategic Partnership
- Cleveland Anti-Slavery Network
- Community Safety Partnerships
- Cleveland Womens Network
- Tees Valley LGBT Forum
- A range of other OPCC and Criminal Justice System partnerships
- Facilitating multi-agency work with the VCS to respond to activities identified at strategic forums
- Facilitating the Reducing Re-offending VCS Forum and maintaining links with key reducing re-offending stakeholder organisations
- Organising events to support VCOs with networking, training, consultation and capacity building.
The main contact at MVDA for the Cleveland Safer Communities VCS Network is Tracey Brittain.