Local people from Yate had the opportunity to share their policing concerns with Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens and local neighbourhood officers on Tuesday, October 2.
PCC Sue Mountstevens spent her morning in Kingswood meeting local organisation South Gloucestershire Youth Housing (SGYH). Winston Williams, the manager of SGYH, gave the PCC a tour of the housing that they provide vulnerable young people in Kingswood. They then travelled to Yate to visit another of their housing sites where brand new CCTV has been installed, thanks to funding from the Commissioners Community Action Fund (CCAF).
Following this, the PCC held a drop-in session at Yate library, to speak to residents about local policing in the area. Local beat manager Angharad Baynham and PCSO Helen May attended the session to answer more operational and local questions that required specific local information.
During the session, attendees raised concerns about changes to neighbourhood policing, and local residents were also keen to help the police combat speeding in the area by joining community SpeedWatch schemes in their area.
Find out more about Community SpeedWatch schemes here: https://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/services/watch-community-schemes/community-speedwatch/
Speaking after the session, PCC Sue Mountstevens said: “I enjoy getting to meet with local residents and hear about their concerns. These public sessions help me to be the bridge between the police and local people. It is only by listening to our communities that I can be your voice in policing.”
Afterwards, the PCC met with Steve Spiers, the public health programme lead for South Gloucestershire Council. Their main aim is to focus on a more preventative approach with a more holistic view and positive interventions in their new whole school approach. Steve hopes to teach about resilience and how to help yourself more than relying on mental health services such as CAMHS.
The PCC also met with representatives from Developing Health & Independence (DHI) in the Ridgewood Community Centre, an organisation that helps of 650 clients’ combat drug and alcohol addiction over their 3 sites in Warmley, Yate and Kingswood. Although demand continues to grow, they pride themselves on having no waiting list for their services.
To end the day, the PCC met with Caroline Browne from Southern Brooks in their new community hub at Tyndale Primary School. They hope that their new hub helps them to make more connections, meet new people and combat the racially motivated hate crime in the area by helping minority groups feel welcomed into the community.
Speaking after the visits: “Getting to see the work local people are doing to create stronger communities is brilliant. It is important 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, hearing a variety of opinions from local charities is undoubtedly helpful.
“I thoroughly appreciate the chance to see what projects have done with their funding from the Commissioners Community Action Fund (CCAF). It is inspiring to see what can be done in such a small space of time.”
If you would like to find out more about the charities the PCC met with visit:
South Gloucestershire Youth Housing: https://sites.google.com/a/kyhp.org/www-sgyh-org/
Developing Health & Independence (DHI): http://www.dhi-online.org.uk/do/south-gloucestershire/
Public Health South Gloucestershire: http://sites.southglos.gov.uk/mind-you/
Southern Brooks: https://southernbrooks.org.uk/
Find out more about the Commissioners Community Action Fund (CCAF) here: https://www.avonandsomerset-pcc.gov.uk/Partnerships/Commissioners-Community-Action-Fund.aspx
Posted on Wednesday 3rd October 2018