PCSO helps children bridge cultural divide
A POLICE Community Support Officer has been helping school children appreciate and understand different cultures by bringing them to Mosques and Sikh Temples in inner-city Bristol.
Trinity Road-based PCSO Dawn Pearce has been taking children from schools in South Gloucestershire on visits and said they have all been interested and inquisitive.
She said: "This is an ongoing project that we've been taking part in for the past three years. We take 25-30 school children on each visit and do two visits per month.
"The schools have told us that they really appreciate it because it gives the children the opportunity to ask the imam or the guru any questions they have about their religion.
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"The visits give children who wouldn't otherwise have the opportunity to meet people form different faiths and gain a better understanding of their religion and beliefs."
Last year, PCSO Pearse was nominated by the Asian Day Centre for the Yashu Amlani Diversity Award for her "outstanding" work on behalf of the police.
Chris Regan said: "Dawn has worked closely with our Muslim and Sikh communities in Bristol for many years in her role as PCSO at Trinity Road Police Station.
"She has made many friends along the way and is well respected which makes her a great person to introduce young people to these rich cultures."
To take part in the scheme call PCSO Pearce on 101.