PCC Sue Mountstevens with David Wiles from Southside Youth Hub
Speaking with the local communities of Bath and North East Somerset was the focus of Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens’ latest community day, which took place on Wednesday, January 18.
Highlights of the day included hosting a public drop-in session from the mobile police station on Southgate St, meeting with CycleBath and visiting a music outreach project supported by the Commissioner’s Community Action Fund (CCAF).
Following an annual budget meeting with the Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES) local authority leader, Cllr Tim Warren, the PCC began the day visiting Adam Reynolds, the Chairman of CycleBath.
CycleBath is an initiative to get more people cycling in the city, conveniently, frequently and safely – providing a viable alternative to cars. During the visit, both the future of cycling and how the police can be more active on bikes was discussed.
Over lunchtime, the PCC then joined members of the local neighbourhood policing team for a two hour public drop-in session in the town centre, inviting members of the local community to speak to the PCC and neighbourhood team.
Topics raised during the session included what the police are doing about supporting people with mental health, the availability and accessibility of community forums and various comments were shared regarding the One Stop Shop (Bath enquiry office).
At the start of the afternoon, Ms Mountstevens visited members at the local policing team at both the enquiry office based at the One Stop Shop and those based at Redbridge House to discuss policing the city.
The final visit of the day was to CCAF supported project Southside Hub, who were awarded £2,500 for a music outreach project in Bath, with the aim of reducing crime and anti-social behaviour in the area.
David Wiles runs the Southside and Riverside Hubs in Bath, working with young people at risk of exclusion from school. During the visit the PCC met with young people using the recording facilities at the Hub as part of the music project.
Speaking after the visit, PCC Sue Mountstevens said: “It is incredible to see what David and his team are doing to safeguard our young people in Bath. I set up my Community Action Fund for initiatives like those provided by the Hub, to help make a difference to young people’s lives.”
The Commissioner’s Community Action Fund was set up offering grants to voluntary organisations or community groups, which support the Police and Crime Plan priorities
Local groups can apply for grants of up to £3,000 for initiatives that enable communities to come together to tackle issues that matter most to them. To find out more or apply to the fund click here.
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Posted on Friday 20th January 2017