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Commissioner visits Community Partnerships in South Gloucestershire

PCC Sue Mountstevens with Southern Brooks Community Partnership Team

PCC Sue Mountstevens with Southern Brooks Community Partnership Team

Residents and community groups in South Gloucestershire today met Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens in her third day-long visit out and about in her new role.

Ms Mountstevens met with the District Commander, attended Safer & Stronger South Gloucestershire and visited various partnerships, projects and initiatives to hear about the positive work being carried out across the local community.

The day began discussing the Police and Crime Plan for South Gloucestershire with the areas District Commander, Chief Superintendent Sarah Crew.

Afterwards, Ms Mountstevens attended Safer & Stronger South Gloucestershire to hear various community activity updates. The agenda for the meeting included items such as budget consultation, performance update, priority neighbours update and housing priorities for the local area.

In the afternoon, Ms Mountstevens visited the Southern Brooks Community Partnership in Patchway; dedicated to helping families, children and young people.

Southern Brooks offers a range of services helping children and young people through the transition into independence and adulthood; supporting families, and developing safe, strong and inclusive communities.

Director of Southern Brooks Community Partnership, Julie Close said: "We welcome Sue’s approach to dealing with anti social behaviour and working to reduce crime against women in particular and hope that she can recognise working with young children early to stop them from getting involved in crime.

"On behalf of Southern Brooks we thank Sue for coming to visit us and meeting the local people, we are very encouraged by the work that she’s getting involved in."

Ms Mountstevens ended the day visiting Chase and Kings Forest Community Project where she met with the locality manager Rachel Barfoot. The organisation provides support to the community and voluntary sector, and Ms Barfoot told the Commissioner about their work, "we are looking at a way of bringing volunteers together and adopting a unified approach to co-ordinate that in order to benefit the local community."

Ms Mountstevens said: "Volunteers are absolutely key to this role as the voluntary sector is in a unique position to give us a greater insight using their experience in order to help the community."


Posted on Friday 7th December 2012
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