PCC's Pride Awards - 12.08.2013
Inspirational local people were the first recipients of Sue Mountstevens 'PCC’s Pride Awards' at a ceremony at Police Headquarters, Portishead on Monday, August 12, 2013.
Six silent stars were recognised for their contributions to their local communities, work which included supporting and mentoring young people and keeping the streets safer as part of a Community Speed Watch or Neighbourhood Watch group.
Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “I feel privileged in my role as Police and Crime Commissioner to meet some extraordinary people who achieve great things or go above and beyond what is expected without any recognition at all.
“Today we heard about the selfless work of those engaged in keeping their communities safe; people who really make a difference in the local area they live and work.
“Their dedication and commitment to their communities is exemplary and their efforts are hugely appreciated across Avon and Somerset.”
Nominees were invited to Police Headquarters, Portishead where they were presented with a certificate by PCC Sue Mountstevens; Deputy Chief Constable (DCC) John Long was also present at the ceremony.
Afterwards, the Commissioner and DCC joined winners for some lunch before being taken on a tour of the Force Service Centre, where ‘101’ and ‘999’ calls are taken.
Following the ceremony we spoke to all winners to gather their views on being nominated for this award.
Arran Bees, Lead of Positive Activities and Engagement Worker said: “I was over the moon to hear I had been nominated and I’m over-whelmed to be recognised for what I do. However it’s easy to go above and beyond when you love what you do.”
Penny Coastworth, former Coordinator of the Bath & District Business Crime Reduction Partnership said: “I am astonished and delighted that the work of our members and the partnership has been recognised. I see this as an award for the whole of the partnership.”
Peter Naylor, Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator for Otterford Parish said: “It came as a complete surprise to me and I am extremely delighted.”
Janice Suffolk, Parish Councillor for Oldland Parish and founder of the Juice Community Project said: “I was really shocked to win and I’ve been really moved by what people have said about me.”
John Wolff MBE, Vice Chair of the South Somerset Community Speed Watch said: “I would like to accept my award on behalf of all members who made South Somerset Community Speed Watch the success it is.”
If you would like to nominate someone for the PCC’s Pride Awards visit http://www.avonandsomerset-pcc.gov.uk/Take-Part/PCCs-Pride-Awards.aspx
People are encouraged to put names forward as nominations for the PCC’s Pride Awards are open all year round and decisions will be made quarterly.
Posted on Monday 12th August 2013