We have so many days when its dedicated to a particular campaign or issue… some are serious, others are not . Whilst many are forgettable there are a few which I remember each year. World Mental Health Day is one of the latter. So that’s why this year I decided we needed to mark it locally , more on that later in this article.
Listening to @HeartGlosNews this morning I heard the story about homelessness in Gloucestershire.
The number quoted in the news bulletin attributed to a report by the organisation Shelter was that 521 people are said to be currently living on the streets or sofa surfing in the city of Gloucester.
This is 2018 in our county and the sad reality for some.
There is a reason Martin is not just the Police Commissioner but the Police and Crime Commissioner. As well as overseeing the Constabulary, setting the budget and general strategy, which we call the police and crime plan, his role encompasses everything to do with crime and the criminal justice system.
Ignorance is bliss.
It is a phrase I fall back on whenever I discover stories in the media I didn’t know about. Like news that security forces have prevented more terrorist attacks; or a police operation has foiled criminals whose activities would keep fathers like me awake at night.
The cool kids in Cinderford thought it a joke when Forest Fighting Fit first opened over two years ago. But within
minutes of stepping inside to grudgingly take a look in the way teenagers sometimes do, they were hooked.
I could see why when I visited last month on a dark Monday evening to present a plaque to thank everyone involved in what they are doing. In 2015, Martin as PCC helped get it off the ground with a grant of £40,000 from the Commissioner’s Fund.
For far too long we took our eye of the ball when it came to community safety. With austerity it went down the pecking order of priorities.
Statutory wise it is the job of the County Council, but it delegated the responsibilities to local districts.
Thankfully due to a co-ordinated effort by leaders across Gloucestershire work was commissioned to look to what we could do to get back on track.