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Local services supporting communities on PCC out and about day


PCC Sue Mountstevens in Burnham-on-Sea

Supporting local people was the aim of each of the groups and organisations visited by Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens on her latest community day.

Travelling the length of the Avon and Somerset policing area; Bristol, Cheddar, Burnham-on-Sea and Taunton all welcomed the PCC as she met with local residents, volunteers, community groups and police cadets.

Following a brief visit to Bristol Airport the PCC met with members of Cheddar Active Living, a social community group for the elderly, to find out more about life in Cheddar and to gather their views on policing in the area.

The Burnham-on-Sea Tourist Information Office and Rescue Support Centre was the next stop on the PCC’s tour of Somerset where Ms Mountstevens heard from volunteers who help run the centre.

The PCC then visited the Burnham-on-Sea HM Coastguard Rescue Station to see how they help people in their time of need.  This was followed by finding out more about the town’s hovercraft station and the BARB (Burnham Area Rescue Boat) Search and Rescue team, winners of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

Ms Mountstevens said: “My first meeting with the BARB team was during the flooding crisis and I instantly saw how paramount their services are to the local communities of Somerset.  I was delighted to be able to meet them at their base and find out more about how they help people on a daily basis.”

Ending the afternoon, the PCC visited Compass Disability Network in Taunton.  Compass Disability aim to give disabled people and carers a chance to come together to be consulted and informed on a range of issues.  The network also offers a Hate Crime Support Service which allows an individual to talk in confidence about issues affecting them and offers support with or without involving the police.

Following the visit to Compass Disability Ms Mountstevens said: “I am overwhelmed by the passion, determination and level of support that I have witnessed in all of the individuals I have met today.  We are fortunate to have so many selfless and caring individuals who are so willing to help their local communities in Avon and Somerset.”

In the evening the PCC hosted a presentation ceremony where she awarded members of the Taunton Volunteer Police Cadets PCC Pride Awards for the part they played in helping local communities during the Somerset flooding.

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 Tuesday 15th July 2014
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