As part of National Story telling week Monkscroft were delighted to welcome Mel Oliviera their local Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) into the home.

Mel came in to tell our residents some community stories from the local area and what her role includes. Mel has been a PCSO in the Gloucestershire area for over 15 years.  Mel started her career here in Cheltenham before covering Stow-on-the-Wold and more recently moving back to cover the St Mark’s area of Cheltenham.

Mel explained how the PCSO role would be considered to be doing what old fashioned police officers did including patrolling the streets and making local community links. Mel often visits the local primary schools and care homes like Monkscroft.

Mel told us about a project called the Aston Project which was first started by PC Aston aiming to get teenagers off the streets by working with them to give them a purpose. The project involves teens stripping mini motorbikes and re-building them ready to be ridden at Gloucester’s indoor track.

Mel explained how policing has changed with the introduction of modern technology such as CCTV plus police helicopters and an increase in police horses. Many police stations have closed although Monkscroft still has a station nearby. All the police officers and PCSOs work out of the main station which makes it easier to communicate and discuss ongoing cases.

Our residents loved seeing Mel and all of her equipment, especially when they had the opportunity to try on her hat and jacket. Our residents were really engaged and asked plenty of questions. Thank you to Mel and Gloucestershire Constabulary for visiting us during national storytelling week.