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PCC presents Pride Award and visits young people's projects on Bristol community day

Bristol Rovers Community Trust

PCC Sue Mountstevens with members of the Bristol Rover's Community Trust

Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens visited Bristol last week finding out more about local projects and meeting residents.

On Thursday, 5th November, Sue visited a number of projects in Hanham, Bristol City Centre and Horfield to hear about the services they are providing to local people. Throughout the day the PCC attended a coffee morning at Hanham Community Centre, presented a PCC Pride Award, visited The Station Kitchen, Bristol Rovers Community Trust and HMP Bristol.

Sue’s first visit was to a coffee morning held at Hanham Community Centre, where the group a local residents discussed policing in the area as well as taking the opportunity to raise any personal concerns they had. This was followed by a visit to The Station Kitchen a social enterprise run by Bristol YMCA which invests in young people in Bristol who have faced difficult situations in life.

In the afternoon, Sue presented a PCC Pride Award to Crime Prevention Locksmith and Carpenter Richard Read.  Richard has been working as a Bobby Van Carpenter helping vulnerable people to stay safe in their homes for over 15 years and the PCC took the time to recognise Richard for his services. Talking about the visit he said: “It’s great to be presented a Pride Award from PCC Sue Mountstevens. Over the last 15 years I have visited and helped around 20,000 people who have required the bobby van service.”

Speaking after the visit, Sue said: “The work of the Bobby Van carpenters is crucial in putting the victim back in control, as no one should feel frightened in their own home.  I firmly believe that without the commitment of carpenters like Richard, who offer the necessary support to help people feel safe in their own home, I think there would be a lot of people struggling to overcome and recover from their experience.”

Sue’s fourth visit of the day was to Bristol Rovers Community Trust, where she heard about how the trust works with a wide spectrum of the community offering social inclusion, health, education and sports participation projects to give people the opportunity of enhancing and improving their life choices.

During the visit PCC Sue Mountstevens said: “I think it’s so powerful to use sport as a way of discipline for young people in order for them to make smarter choices as a result.”

Sue’s final visit of the day was to HMP Bristol where she heard about Story Book Dads, an initiative which helps to maintain the vital emotional bond between parent and child by enabling parents to make bedtime story CDs, DVDs and other educational gifts for their children.

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Posted on Monday 9th November 2015
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