Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens has supported and helped launch a new ‘one team’ multi-agency project achieving better outcomes for residents in East Bridgwater.
The Together Team - East Bridgwater, was supported by the Commissioner’s community safety grant. The project will bring together knowledge and skills and co-ordinate services in Sydenham and Bower to empower local residents and community groups to take an active role where they live.
The Together Team - East Bridgwater will act as a 'one-stop shop' of support to meet the needs of individuals and families working with residents to reduce crime, anti-social behaviour and financial hardship, while improving quality of life and access to work opportunities in the area.
Sue Mountstevens said: "I am delighted that East Bridgwater is launching their Together Team. I firmly believe their vision of delivering a one team multi-agency approach to service delivery will truly benefit the local people of Sydenham and Bower. I've seen first-hand how a one team approach works in other parts of Avon and Somerset and I'm pleased that the Community Safety Grant has helped support this important initiative.”
Leader of Sedgemoor District Council Councillor Duncan McGinty said "The Together Team - East Bridgwater is an innovative project ensuring organisations working within the area pool knowledge, resources and skills for the benefit of local residents. Other Somerset 'one team' approaches have seen success in reducing crime and lifting community spirit and we hope this Sydenham and Bower based project will be just as successful. Sedgemoor District Council has supported the development of East Bridgwater's Together Team with grant funding of £123,000. This is the first 'one team' within Sedgemoor and we wish it every success in making a real difference to the lives of Sydenham and Bower residents".
Kristy Blackwell, Together Team Co-ordinator said "Collaborative working is cost-effective and brings together expertise and knowledge for the benefit of residents. All the agencies and organisations signed up to the Together Team - East Bridgwater umbrella are enthusiastic and excited about the prospects of the project. We think the Together Team approach will work well in East Bridgwater. The Together Team - East Bridgwater, with representatives of all the main agencies, will meet regularly to discuss issues affecting the areas residents and together we will devise plans and individual support packages to tackle any problems".
The Together Team - East Bridgwater has been set-up following £50,000 funding from the PCC’s community safety grant, £123,000 funding from Sedgemoor District Council, £60,000 from the EDF Energy Community Impact Mitigation Fund and £52,000 from Somerset County Council.
Posted on Wednesday 16th September 2015