Visiting good causes and hearing from projects encouraging a positive attitude in Weston-super-Mare was the focus for Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens’ recent visit to the town.
The PCC spent the day speaking to representatives from local organisations that recently received funding from the Commissioners Community Action Fund including, the North Somerset LGBT+ Forum, That Creative Thingy Wotsit and the Weston-super-Mare Soroptimists.
Firstly, the PCC met with representatives from the North Somerset LGBT+ Forum, which was formed to support members of the LGBT+ community, their friends and families within North Somerset. The organisation host a number of drop-in sessions and will be working with a counsellor to provide further support for the LGBT+ community. The team also organise Weston-super-Mare Pride and plans for next year’s celebrations are already well underway.
Nigel Briers, Chairman of the LGBT+ Forum, is incredibly passionate about the cause and recently opened a new bar called ‘Proud’ to provide a safe place for the LGBT+ community to socialise in Weston-super-Mare.
Following this, the PCC met with That Creative Thingy Wotsit’s manager Rachel Stark and director Stephen Watters. The ambitious organisation aims to build bridges between the care sector and the creative arts community in order to enrich the lives of people living and working in residential care homes. During a Mad Hatter’s themed Tea Party at the Jasmine Court Nursing Home, the team delivered creative care activities to show the health benefits that the arts can bring to the care environment.
Rachel Stark, manager of That Creative Thingy Wotsit, said: “Instead of trying to take them to the theatre, we want to take the theatre to them.”
Finally, the PCC met with local service club, Weston-super-Mare Soroptimists who belong to the larger organisation, International Soroptimists. The group aims to bring women together to work voluntarily for good causes. Earlier this year their award- winning project, Skirting Science, hosted 250 girls from 15 schools for an action packed day of science and engineering held at the Churchill Academy.
Speaking after the visits, PCC Sue Mountstevens said: “It’s really important for me to see the work local people are doing to create stronger communities in North Somerset. It is essential for me to hear about the issues that local organisations face so that I can understand the communities of Avon and Somerset and see what is required to make communities safer and stronger.
“I thoroughly appreciate the chance to see what projects have done with their funding from the Commissioners Community Action Fund (CCAF) and it is inspiring to see what can be done in such a small space of time.”
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:
North Somerset LGBT+ Forum
That Creative Thingy Wotsit
Posted on Tuesday 6th November 2018