PCC Sue Mountstevens with 1625 Independent People
Meeting local shoppers, speaking with residents and hearing from students was the focus of Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens’ first community day in Bristol since being re-elected.
The PCC began the day by holding a public drop in session with the local neighbourhood beat team in the centre of Broadmead, where the PCC heard from a number of residents and local people about their views on policing in the city.
Following the drop in, the PCC visited Fairfield High School where she spoke to students from the schools nature club, who contribute towards the schools’ community garden. The garden not only promotes community cohesion but allows students and parents to grow their own fruit and vegetables.
During the visit the PCC met with a group of year 9 students to hear more from them and discuss their views on local policing. The main topic raised and which the students expressed deep feeling was how they felt Avon and Somerset Police could make the workforce more representative.
Speaking after the visit, PCC Sue Mountstevens said: “I find it inspirational listening to such bright children. I agree that police need to represent the communities these young people live in and I will continue to work with the Chief Constable to increase diversity of the police force.”
The PCC then went on to visit the Severn Project; a social enterprise in the form of an urban farm providing a local food source to over 100 partners in Bristol. The project aims to empower individuals and communities by providing training, education and employment opportunities. The Severn Project supports people recovering from drug and alcohol misuse, people with poor mental health and those with offending backgrounds to go back to work.
Steve Glover, Founder of the Severn Project said: “It’s very encouraging for me, my team and our people with an offending background to have someone who operates at a high level within the Criminal Justice System come and show an authentic genuine and warm interest in what goes on at the Severn Project.”
Over lunch time, the PCC visited the Square Food Foundation. The project uses cooking workshops and training to build motivation, cohesion and integration in local communities. The Square Food Foundation aims to provide trainees/students with life skills and confidence to make better life choices to their own and their families’ health and wellbeing.
Speaking after the visit, PCC Sue Mountstevens said: “It’s projects like The Square Food Foundation which bring our communities together and allows people to feel valued and boost self-confidence. The more robust our communities are the less crime is being committed.”
The PCC ended the day with a visit to 1625 Independent people, St Georges House which provides supported housing for young people aged 16-21 who are homeless or threatened with homelessness.
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Posted on Thursday 30th June 2016