Darren Henry’s Update on 3rd April 2021

Funding for Broxtowe   Great news this week for Broxtowe! Yesterday it was announced that two businesses in Broxtowe will benefit from a total of over £55,000 from the Culture Recovery Fund. Two Broxtowe organisations – the Canalside Heritage Centre and Offshoots East Midlands Community Interest Company – have secured funding from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s fund.
I know that for both organisations this funding will provide much-needed financial support to help them recover from the impact of the pandemic – whether that be to help prepare to welcome back visitors in the months ahead or to kickstart investment in community projects. From speaking with Nicola Wood, Manager at the Canalside Heritage Centre, I know how important this funding is to her organisation to help get back off the ground after what has been a very difficult year and allow them to continue to support the local communities of Broxtowe through their wellbeing partnership project work.
Covid-19 Vaccines   Yet again, it has been another great week for the vaccination programme locally, with 48,016 Covid-19 vaccines administered in the last week across Nottinghamshire. This is an incredible achievement and brings us a step closer in our efforts in fighting coronavirus locally.

I am pleased to see the new Covid-19 vaccination centre at Boots in Beeston is up and running. For those eligible for their vaccine, the site is bookable through the National Booking System or by calling 119.
I know many constituents naturally have queries relating to coronavirus. So with this in mind, I have recently updated my website to include a number of useful links to answer some queries you may have, which can be accessed here.
Autism Awareness Week
As this week is Autism Awareness Week and with the National Autism Strategy due to be published this Spring, I took the opportunity to write to the Minister of State for Social Care, Helen Whately MP, to share with her my thoughts on how those with autism and their families can be further supported. Having met with a number of constituents who are parents of autistic children, I have heard first-hand the difficulties these families face, such as a dearth of information on the resources and services available. I look forward to the Minister’s response and will share it in due course.
Armed Forces Bill Committee
This week the Committee continued with line-by-line consideration of the Bill. As I have mentioned previously, I am keen to keep in close contact with our local community throughout this process, and I encourage any Armed Forces personnel, veterans and their families to answer the survey on the Armed Forces Bill to assist the Committee with our scrutiny of the Bill.
I also met with Forward Assist this week to discuss the work they do with female veterans, specifically their work campaigning for gender specific mental health support services. The meeting was incredibly insightful and will no doubt prove useful when considering the sections of the Bill that relate to mental health support for Armed Forces personnel and veterans.
As Parliament is now in recess for Easter. I will therefore have more time in the next couple of weeks to meet people in person. As COVID restrictions ease, I will be carrying out a number of COVID compliant visits.
Meetings and Surgeries   On Tuesday, I met with Inspector Simon Riley, the District Commander for Neighbourhood Policing in Broxtowe to discuss a number of local topics including motorbikes speeding in Giltbrook and Watnall as well as safety in Stapleford. One of the other issues I raised with him was the current rise in cases of dog theft. I was pleased to learn Nottinghamshire Police have appointed an officer to investigate dog theft cases. As a dog owner myself, I can only imagine how distressing this crime can be. Thankfully there have been no local reports, but I will continue to monitor the situation here in Broxtowe and speak up for local dog owners.

As always, I am available every Friday for a virtual surgery. If you would like to book a call with me, please contact me at darren.henry.mp@parliament.uk.
Looking ahead to next week, I am hosting two Push Bike Broxtowe meetings – one for the Schools subgroup and the other for the Infrastructure subgroup. If you wish to attend either of these meetings, please get in touch.

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