Visiting Developing Health & Independence Charity, Bath
Supporting homeless people and business crime were just two elements of today’s community day in Bath by Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens.
Ms Mountstevens began the day visiting Julian House, Homeless Shelter and support service where she met with manager Matt Hannah, staff and residents.
On looking around the shelter and speaking with service users Ms Mountstevens said, "Julian House is a brilliant facility. The fact that the shelter is full almost every night highlights the constant need for the service in the community."
Ms Mountstevens then visited the CCTV control room, which monitors a vast area including Bath city centre, Midsomer Norton, Radstock and Keynsham, to hear how the system operates.
Afterwards PCC Sue Mountstevens met key individuals, members and city marshals that make up the Business Crime Reduction Partnership. She also met with Chair and Manager of Stronger Communities and Councillor Lisa Brett.
In the afternoon Ms Mountstevens met with the Developing Health and Independence (DHI) Team and spoke with service users.
DHI, formerly know as the Drugs and Homeless Initiative, is a local charity set up to help people who are socially isolated as a result of homelessness, drug or alcohol abuse. Through support to develop employment skills the charity works with them to gain control of their lives and live independently.
This was followed by a visit to Project 28, a young people’s substance misuse service and part of the DHI charity, where Ms Mountstevens spoke with young people about their experiences.
Sue Mountstevens ended the day meeting the Bath and North East Somerset Council & North East Somerset Council Chief Executive Jo Farrar.
Speaking about the day Ms Mountstevens said: "The role of the PCC is to go out and engage with as many groups of people as possible and that’s what I intend to do.
"There’s been great enthusiasm to engage with people - people want to be heard and that’s my job to go and listen and see how my role can improve their area and community. Together we can make Avon and Somerset feel safe and be safe."
Posted on Thursday 13th December 2012