Bradford partnership project inspires Police and Crime Commissioner (29 Jan 2015)

A police-led partnership in Bradford which is tackling some of the problems that can lead to anti-social behaviour was visited by the Police and Crime Commissioner yesterday (Wednesday).   

Mark Burns-Williamson came to the city to hear about the work of Reach Out For Bradford, a multi-agency project which works with people in the city centre who have issues with housing, drugs or alcohol.

The partnership, which includes volunteers from housing associations, charitable organisations and Bradford Council, provides those in need with food vouchers, help for drug or alcohol abuse, housing and medical support.

Team members meet every Wednesday morning and give two hours of their time, identifying those in the city centre who are most in need of their assistance.

Sergeant Mike Bonner, of the Bradford City Area Neighbourhood Team, said:

"We started this scheme to highlight the fantastic work that goes on every day to support those in need in Bradford.

"We felt it was important to bring these organisations together under a partnership to tackle issues such as drug or alcohol abuse or homelessness.

"By addressing these problems, we have also had the added benefit of a reduction in anti-social behaviour in the city centre.

"We're really pleased with what we have achieved in just three months and are always looking for other partner agencies to come on board and help us. The wider range of skills we can offer - the more people we can help."

Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire, Mark Burns-Williamson, said:

"I made a commitment in my Police and Crime Plan to ensure agencies work together to effectively target, deal with, and prevent anti-social behaviour.

"The scheme in Bradford does exactly that, and the fact it's staffed by volunteers is inspiring.

"Reach Out For Bradford is a fantastic example of partnership working with the team able to identify the appropriate service needed and then provide what is needed in a timely manner. The resulting reduction in anti-social behaviour speaks for itself."

To find out more about the work of Reach Out For Bradford, visit the Facebook page for West Yorkshire Police - Bradford City.

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