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PCC hears stories of support in society whilst out and about in South Glos


PCC Sue Mountstevens with 1625 Independent People

Helping people back into society was the key message given to Avon and Somerset’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens whilst out on a community day in South Gloucestershire on Thursday, April 25.

Yate, Patchway and Kingswood were just some of the locations that the PCC visited to speak with local residents and charities hearing about how they support men and women that have suffered an addiction back into society.

The Commissioner began the morning at Yate library, meeting with a local resident, before travelling to meet the staff and clients of 1625 Independent People; a charity working to prevent youth homelessness through peer education, developing realistic support plan helping them to live independently safely. 

After leaving 1625 Independent People, PCC Sue Mountstevens said the following on Twitter: “Awesome young people. Learnt a lot. Let’s work together to give them a louder voice.”

Over lunch time, the PCC attended the St Mary Magdalene Church luncheon club to meet with members of the elderly community and to make them aware of the dangers of ‘cold-callers’ and distraction burglaries as part of International Rogue Traders Day.

In the afternoon, Ms Mountstevens met with members of the Public Protection Unit in Kingswood before travelling to Brent Knoll House to hear more about Making the Changes charity.

Making the Changes charity provides suitable accommodation and qualified staff that are experience in working with you offenders who want to make the change to positive living. Their aim in to bridge the gap between what young offenders experience in the structured life of custody and what they might face on release.

Posted on Friday 26th April 2013
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