Hearing from local residents and protecting the young people was the focus of Avon and Somerset’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens’ latest visit to Bristol.
On Monday (December 10), residents visited the @symes centre in Hartcliffe to meet with Sue and local Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) Sean Ford and Wendy Reeves to discuss policing concerns in the area. Topics included anti-social behaviour, interaction with the police and road safety. The PCC advised local people to look at setting up a Community Speedwatch in their area.
Following this the PCC visited representatives of Young Bristol at one of their community sites – the Broad Plain Boys club. The youth driven charity, which celebrated its 90th birthday this year, delivers a choice of services to 16,000 children and young adults across eight youth clubs in Bristol from Bedminster to Filton. With their newly funded youth bus, to arrive early next year, they hope to broaden their horizons and reach further into Avon and Somerset to give more young people the support they need.
One of their fantastic projects, Positive Changes, recently received funding from the Commissioners Community Action Fund (CCAF). The project delivers a variety of sessions to young people aged 12 to 15 to encourage them to stay away from anti-social behaviour.
The day ended with a visit to Sierra Women Independence Group (SWIG). The group of 35 women campaign about various important issues in their community. They spoke to the PCC about the difficulties they face raising their children in a different culture to their own. It was decided a positive relationship with the police and local youth workers would be incredibly useful in supporting the community.
Speaking after the day, PCC Sue Mountstevens said: “It’s really important for me to hear about the issues that local people face so that I can understand the communities in Avon and Somerset so that we can work together to make our communities stronger.
“It is important that when vulnerable young people need relief, help is available to them and there is someone to support them. It is important that the young people in Bristol are able to engage in such inspiring activities. It’s fantastic to see how projects use funding from the Commissioners Community Action Fund (CCAF) can benefit local people.”
You can find out more about the Commissioners Community Action Fund here.
If you would like to find out more about the charities the PCC met with visit:
Sierra Women Independence Group
Posted on Tuesday 11th December 2018