PCC Sue Mountstevens at iStation, Weston-super-Mare
Working together benefits communities was the message from partner agencies given to Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens on her latest North Somerset community day.
Throughout the day the PCC travelled across North Somerset, visiting Portishead and Weston-super-Mare, meeting with staff, volunteers, partner agencies and local people to hear about the work they are doing in their communities.
Sue Mountstevens spent the morning visiting Alliance Homes in Portishead, meeting the Chief Executive and finding out more about their community-based social enterprise and provision of housing management services.
This was followed by a visit to Broadway Lodge in Weston-super-Mare, a charity who provide residential treatment, counselling and support services for those suffering from addiction, helping to put them back on the road to recovery.
In the afternoon, PCC Sue Mountstevens met with members of staff from the Information Station, a one stop advice centre with three different organisations offering services under one roof.
Weston Works, Alliance Homes and North Somerset Credit Union are all located in the one building and work together in partnership to offer advice and support on housing, financial services, training, employment, learning and volunteering.
Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “Everyone in a local community has a part to play in ensuring people feel safe and are safe. Today’s visits have highlighted some excellent examples of both collaborative working and community spirit.
“Collocation is something that we are looking at for the policing service so I welcomed the opportunity to find out more about how it was working at the iStation. It was clear to see that the needs of the Weston community were benefitted by having multiple services under one roof.”
After a brief walkabout of The Bourneville estate, the PCC hosted a public drop-in session at the local Tesco where she was joined by members of the neighbourhood beat team, to take residents questions on local policing. In the evening the Commissioner attended and spoke at the Cam Vale Men’s Fellowship.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01275 816377.
Posted on Friday 4th July 2014