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PCC visits projects that help young people, support victims and tackle ASB


Sue with local residents at St Andrews Park

Bath Youth Offending Service, SEEDS and the Wheels project were just some of the initiatives Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens found out more about on her latest community day.

Covering both Bath and North East Somerset and Bristol, the PCC heard about out of court disposals to address youth offending, support services for victims of domestic abuse and how flowers are helping to tackle anti-social behaviour (ASB).

The PCC began the morning at Bath Youth Offending Service (YOS) to find out more about the Compass Project which aims to support children and young people at risk of offending.  The YOS are also involved in initiatives which support victims including restorative justice and referral panels. 

SEEDS Bath was the next stop for the PCC, an organisation supported by the Commissioner’s Community Action Fund, which helps improve the planning and delivery of domestic abuse services by listening to survivor’s experiences. 

During the visit PCC Sue Mountstevens tweeted "SEEDS Bath have come a million miles, it’s great to see my Community Action Fund money going so far".

In the afternoon, the PCC travelled to Brislington to meet the individuals involved with The Wheels Project, a youth motor skills charity providing training and counselling in employment, road safety and crime reduction.

The PCC ended the day meeting with members of the local community involved in the transformation of St Andrew’s Park.  Residents had previously complained about vandalism and loud music in the park and applied to the Commissioner’s Community Action Fund to support them in their initiative to tackle this anti-social behaviour.

PCC Sue Mountstevens said: "I am delighted that the £5,000 from my Community Action Fund has made such a difference in tackling anti-social behaviour in St Andrews Park. I believe the garden has instilled a real sense of pride in the local community and given local people a place to look after, care for and be proud of." 

One resident told the PCC "the planting of a new flower garden has been instrumental in decreasing anti-social behaviour in the park".

PCC Sue Mountstevens is committed to spending at least one day a week out and about in the community and if you would like her to visit you please email pcc@avonandsomerset.pnn.police.uk or call 01275 816377.

Posted on Friday 1st August 2014
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