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PCC Sue Mountstevens tours Shepton Mallet on community day

Shepton Mallet Youth Club

PCC Sue Mountstevens with Shepton Mallet Youth Club

Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Sue Mountstevens, spent Wednesday 27th May in the Shepton Mallet area, as part of her commitment to spending one day a week in the local community.

The morning consisted of attending the Bath and West Show, meeting members of the National Farmers Union (NFU) and Country Land and Business Association (CLA). The PCC and her team were also based on the Police stand at the Show, consulting with local people on their views of policing in Avon and Somerset.

PCC Sue Mountstevens said: "I always thoroughly enjoy attending the Royal bath and west Show and find it a great way to speak with residents about their views on local policing. Going to local events is just one of the ways that I get to meet members of the communities I represent."

The PCC then spent the afternoon visiting the following projects and organisations:

The Somerset Community Foundation – an organisation focused on strengthening communities and transforming lives. The charity works with individuals, companies and public bodies to raise funds and provide grants to effective grassroots charities and community groups across Somerset.

Following a constructive sit-down meeting with the team members, the Foundation had kindly prepared for the PCC to visit a couple of Mendip projects that they have supported.

Next up, a visit to the Shepton Mallet Youth Club; a weekly project that welcomes young people from ages 11-18. The Mendip YMCA deliver issue based sessions covering various topics; including health and wellbeing, anti-social behaviour, bullying, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and making positive choices.

The PCC then met with the club’s youth workers, the Youth & Community Development Officer and several young people who regularly attend the project. After discussing the problems young people can face in the local area, the group took the opportunity to emphasise the importance of such projects.

The final visit of the day was to Windsor Hill Wood, a residential community offering a place of refuge to people experiencing a period of turbulence or crisis. Most people attend due to an explicit personal crisis, for example - bereavement, addiction, separation, depression or homelessness.

The highly impressive staff conducted a tour of the woodland community, which also plays home to the successful Forest School, then discussed the excellent progress that the project has made.

Justin Sargent, Chief Executive of the Somerset Community Foundation, said "It was terrific to spend time with Sue Mountstevens yesterday. We found a common interest in the importance of investing in our most effective local charities and voluntary groups to strengthen the communities we live in. We are grateful to Sue for spending time visiting two projects that we have supported in Shepton Mallet. Hopefully this provided an insight into their work, opportunities and challenges."

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Posted on Monday 1st June 2015
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