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Helping people to help themselves


PCC Sue Mountstevens with Sonia Floyd & Miles Peckover (Yeovil4Family) & volunteers from Yeovil Community Church

Partnership working, belief and optimism was the focus of Avon and Somerset’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens’ visit to Yeovil last week.

On Thursday (June 20), the PCC met with Sonia Floyd, Yeovil 4 Family Project Coordinator, and Miles Peckover, a fieldworker for the organisation. Yeovil 4 Family was initially a family support project set up to protect vulnerable families in the community that were in need of additional support. Since then they have broadened their horizons and now hope to fulfil their mission to ‘help families to help themselves’ by bringing an optimistic outlook to Yeovil and surrounding South Somerset. The team support all those in need of support in a non-judgemental way to help a range of people to make changes, find solutions to the challenges they face and bring hope into their lives.

Speaking after the meeting, Miles Peckover said: “We’ve just had a really great meeting with the PCC. It’s really encouraging to hear her thoughts on the community and how we can work together to re-establish bonds that have, in past years, become quite disentangled. We’re looking forward to working with other agencies and encouraging multi-agency support in the future.”

The PCC then visited Yeovil Lord’s Larder, a local food bank operated by volunteers from churches in and around Yeovil. On an average year over 80,000 items of food are delivered to vulnerable people in need and in the past year over 5,000 people in South Somerset have been supported. The PCC was given behind-the-scenes access to the stores, where 1000s of crates of food lined the walls and volunteers work hard to create food parcels to meet the requirements of many vulnerable people in need across South Somerset.

Following the morning’s visits, the PCC hosted a public drop-in session at the busy Yeovil library. She was joined by Neighbourhood Beat Manager Daniel Crawford and PCSOs from the local team to take people’s questions about local policing.

During the session, attendees raised concerns about dangerous cycling, the threats of illegal drugs and road safety. Local people were advised to report any concerns, from drug dealing in the area to dangerous driving, to their local team.

At the end of the day, PCC Sue Mountstevens said: “I thoroughly enjoy travelling across Avon and Somerset on my monthly community days. These days always give me extensive insight into the fantastic work that often goes unnoticed in local communities.

“I always appreciate hearing about the issues that local people face. It is only by speaking to local people that I can truly understand the issues that they have, find out what is required to make their communities safer and be their voice in policing.”


Find out more about the organisations here:

Yeovil 4 Family

Yeovil Lord’s Larder

Yeovil Library

Local team

Posted on Wednesday 26th June 2019
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