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Local charity groups to quiz prospective Police and Crime Commissioner candidates.

An election to appoint a new Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Leicestershire and Rutland will take place on Thursday 6 May 2021.

In the run up to the election a group of local charities have come together to host a virtual hustings event. A hustings event is a panel discussion held before an election where candidates debate policies and answer questions from the audience. Political hopefuls will be quizzed on their commitment to providing therapeutic support to victims of crime within Leicestershire and Rutland.

The hustings will take place on Tuesday 27th April at 5.30 pm, via Zoom.

All the major parties have been invited to attend. James Moore from the Liberal Democrats and Ross Willmott from the Labour party have confirmed their attendance.

The hustings will be chaired by Jenny Hand, CEO of Reaching People, an organisation that brings together frontline delivery partners from the Voluntary and Community Sector in Leicester, Leicestershire, and Rutland.

Hollie Venn, CEO of Quetzal commented, “The election of the Leicestershire and Rutland Police and Crime commissioner is often overlooked but provides a vital opportunity for local people and organisations to help shape the way the policing service is run. The role of PCC is responsible for setting the priorities of the Leicestershire Police, this event gives local groups the opportunity to highlight their causes and gain commitment from candidates to prioritising areas that are most important to local people.”

The event is not restricted to the host charities with attendees encouraged to join on the night to support, however the focus of the event is the provision of therapeutic support to victims of crime rather than wider policing issues.

Questions are expected on Therapeutic Support services, working in partnership with the third sector, The impact of violence and other topics.

 

The therapeutic providers group which is hosting the event is made up of five local charities that provide support to a range of groups. The organisations are as follows:

First Step – who provide free confidential services to male survivors of sexual abuse and their supporters living in the city of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

Freeva – Free from Violence and Abuse who work towards reducing domestic violence, rape and sexual assault in Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland.

Leicester Rape Crisis – working with female survivors of sexual abuse, sexual violence, and rape.

Trade Sexual Health (Trade)- is a health charity working with under-represented communities, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGB&T) and new arrivals, across Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland.

Quetzal – supporting women aged 16 and over recovering from the trauma of childhood sexual abuse from Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland

Chaired by Jenny Hand Reaching people www.reachingpeople.co.uk

Requests for further information, additional quotes, photos, or logos can be made to deborah@quetzal.org.uk If you would like to attend the event, please email deborah@quetzal.org.uk for the zoom link.

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