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Community day focuses on Bristol's young people


Sue Mountstevens, Corey Mcloughlin, Sophie Frost, PC John Shaddick at the Bright Outlook awards

Young people were at the heart of Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens’ latest community day in Bristol.

On Tuesday (September 23) Sue spent a day in the city helping launch the Bright Outlook project, visiting the University of the West of England and touring the Environment Agency’s National Incident Room.

It was the Environment Agency who received the first visit with Sue receiving a guided tour of their National Incident Room. As well as inspecting the facility, Sue took the opportunity to discuss future plans around flooding in case it’s another wet winter.

“Last year I went to areas affected by the floods and spoke to the people affected and it was clear that it was devastating for some people. It was interesting to see the Environment Agency’s facilities and discuss their flood plans with them” said Sue after her visit. 

Later in the morning Sue attended the Rose Green Centre in Easton to present awards to young people who had completed the Bright Outlook Programme. Partly funded by the PCC, the programme is an exciting youth diversionary project to prevent local children heading down the pathway to crime and ASB by giving young people a taste of life behind bars or a visit to custody. You can find out more about the programme here.

Speaking about the visit, Sue said: “I enjoyed meeting the young people from the Bright Outlook programme and those people who had supported them as they went through the programme. I was privileged to present them with their awards. Early intervention is absolutely key and it’s right that we’re steering young people away from street and gang culture before they become too absorbed in it. What’s more, the project currently boasts a 95% success rate and is a credit to all the agencies involved.

The afternoon was spent at the University of the West of England finding out about work students in the community and meeting the university’s wellbeing team.

“Students are an important part of our community and I was pleased to speak to them about some of the work they do for our communities and find out what’s important to them. I also met the wellbeing team who are providing a valuable and often overlooked service in counselling and mental health support for students.”

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 26th September 2014
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