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Mentoring, re-integration and specialist support services visited by PCC


PCC Sue Mountstevens with members of the Greater Bedminster Community Partnership

Mentoring young people, re-integrating offenders into the community and support for women who have experienced domestic abuse were amongst the services visited by Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens on her community day.

South Gloucestershire area was the focus of the PCC’s latest ‘out and about’ day on Wednesday, January 15, which saw the PCC find out about five different community support services on offer to local people across Yate, Staple Hill and Bedminster.

Sue Mountstevens said: "I am always astounded by the extent of available opportunities in the local community, provided by many selfless and caring individuals who truly care about their local communities. Visiting South Gloucestershire and the wider Bristol area highlighted the commitment of local people to making these areas a better place to live and work."

The PCC began the day meeting with members of South Gloucestershire council before visiting Compass Project Bristol’s ‘Time to Recover’; a social enterprise project working to reintegrate drug using offenders into the community.

Resound Bristol, who play a supportive role in the areas of Emersons Green and Mangotsfield offering services and facilities designed to respond to the diverse needs of the local community, was next on the PCC’s agenda.

In the afternoon the PCC was welcomed by Make it Mentoring to find out more about their objective of providing youth services and mentoring to groups of young people, enabling them to identify life goals while developing emotional literacy in the process.

The PCC then visited Survive’s ‘Freedom Programme’; a group work project for women who have experienced domestic abuse, designed to assist women in their recovery from negative experiences and highlight the effects on children. The project is proving to make a real difference to the lives of women and children who have experienced abuse.

The day ended with a visit to the Greater Bedminster Community Partnership which is made up of local councillors, voluntary and community organisations, private businesses and public agencies within Bristol wards of Southville and Bedminster.

Hannah Jones, involved in the Young People’s Radio Project in connection with the Partnership, a group who also received £1000 from the Commissioner’s Community Action Fund back in 2013 said: "The funding provided a platform to an amazing opportunity for young people to have a voice in their local community. It is excellent work experience and an effective method of building general confidence."

Ben Barker, Secretary of the partnership, also had a few words to say on the Greater Bedminster Community: "The Community partnership is about encouraging people from various organisations to work together and make Bedminster an even better place to live in. The neighbourhood police team are a valuable part of this network."

If you would be interested in PCC Sue Mountstevens visiting you and your local community or if you would like to find out more about the Commissioner’s Community Action Fund visit www.avonandsomerset-pcc.gov.uk, email pcc@avonandsomerset.police.uk or call 01275 816377.

Posted on Tuesday 20th January 2015
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