December 2020 / January 2021: A message from Avon & Somerset PCC

January 26 2021

Let’s start the New Year with kindness and tolerance

I’M sure many of us will be happy to see the end of 2020, which turned out to be an extraordinarily unusual year and a time that challenged us all. Our personal and professional lives changed beyond any of our expectations, and our communities and businesses have continued to adapt during the pandemic.

It has also been a year where people across the country have lost loved ones as a result of this awful virus. My thoughts are with those families who will be having a very different Christmas and I wish them all the best for the New Year.

This year has also been a time when we saw steps in the right direction for social change. In response to the horrific events in Minnesota that resulted in the death of George Floyd, we witnessed powerful protests take place across the world and businesses realising the need to support and empower the BAME community.

The global pandemic further highlighted the disparities and divides along racial and socio-economic lines and the disproportionate impact coronavirus has had on many communities. 

This year has served as a stark reminder that we still have so much to do, but such awareness puts us in a better position to start making these changes.

On a positive note, during the global health emergency we have seen acts of kindness and wonderful stories of people and organisations coming together to support each other during these unprecedented times. The pandemic has proven the importance of working together and supporting each other. I’m sure there are still many challenges ahead, but I am reassured that we will face these together.

It is undeniable that we will have a very different Christmas to the ones we usually have. However, there will still be officers, police staff, paramedics and other emergency colleagues who will be working during the festive period to keep us safe. Regardless of coronavirus, it is always an extremely busy time of year fort hose who work in our emergency services and I know they always go above and beyond to keep us safe.

I want to say a massive thank you to those in the NHS, police and other emergency services, as well as those in voluntary and charity organisations, for their hard work to support local communities during the festive period and for their efforts in protecting local people throughout this challenging year.  

Let’s start the New Year with kindness and tolerance towards one another, and continue to bring our communities togetherin 2021.