Community Spirit was prominent on Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens’ latest community day in Bath and Bristol when she visited The Genesis Trust, The Buzz in Lockleaze and held a public drop-in surgery.
Starting the day in Bath, the PCC first met with Cllr Tim Warren, Leader of Bath and North East Somerset (BaNES) Council, to discuss the branding and visibility of the Bath enquiry office co-located with the council in the One Stop Shop on Manvers Street.
Alongside the local neighbourhood policing team and the community contact vehicle (CCV), the PCC then held a two-hour public drop-in session at the Southgate shopping centre, meeting with local people, cadets and other officers and answering their questions.
Questions the PCC received during the surgery included those on police presence, funding, community reassurance following the recent atrocities and on local policing. The PCC took the opportunity to remind local people of the enquiry office located at the One Stop Shop.
After lunch PCC Sue Mountstevens visited the Lifeline Project as part of The Genesis Trust. The Trust, who support homeless and vulnerable people and has been doing so for over 21 years, received funding from the Commissioner’s Community Action Fund (CCAF).
The PCC then travelled to Bristol to visit the Buzz in Lockleaze, another CCAF funded project, who used their grant to set up the volunteer led Buzz Garden. The garden is a community led project which produces fresh, organic produce they can sell or use to make food for people in need.
Speaking after the visit, Sue said: “I think it is great that we have these sorts of projects in our communities. Initiatives such as The Buzz give a real sense of togetherness for the community and really help to reduce crime.
“I would encourage anyone with an idea to strengthen their community to apply to my Community Action Fund. Small grants are available to any community group or voluntary organisation who have the ideas and we want to make them a possibility.”
To find out more about the Commissioner’s Community Action Fund and to apply visit www.avonandsomerset-pcc.gov.uk/Partnerships/Commissioners-Community-Action-Fund.aspx
Posted on Wednesday 21st June 2017