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PCC visits charities helping vulnerable people


Sue Mountstevens at the Riverside Youth Project

Visiting charities helping people who have been abused was the focus of Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens latest community day in Bristol on July 21.

During the visit Sue Mountstevens met local projects, some of which had received funding from her, to hear about the services they are providing to local people.

Sue visited:

  • The Southmead Project – A registered charity providing free therapeutic and practical support to adults who were abused as children and have turned to drugs, alcohol and other ways of self-harming as a consequence of that trauma.
  • Riverside Youth Project - which offers young people of Bristol a safe and resourced centre in which they can develop at their own individual pace in a sporting, positive activity based environment
  • Kids Company Bristol - which provides practical, emotional and educational support to vulnerable inner-city children, young people and families.
  • Womankind - which provides relief of mental distress and the resulting suffering and isolation experienced by women and girls by the provision of information, advice and      assistance.

Speaking after the visit, Sue said: “Today’s visit has shown the amount of work which being is carried out to support and protect Bristol’s vulnerable residents. I always find community days extremely eye opening and I’m amazed by the sheer care and dedication both employees and volunteers show towards their projects and people. There is so much to learn by seeing how other organisations and charities work to support our most vulnerable people.”

One of the people Sue met was Kyra Bond Director from Womankind, she said: “We were pleased to have the opportunity to meet with Sue to talk about Womankind’s work and how we can work together.  It’s really gratifying to that know that our PCC seems committed to working with agencies that support women who’ve been affected by sexual and domestic violence.”

Dr Mike Peirce MBE from The Southmead Project said: “It’s great to have the support we receive from Sue and for her to have the level of genuine interest she has towards The Southmead Project.”

Posted on Thursday 30th July 2015
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