Darren Henry’s Update on 4 June 2021

Volunteers’ Week 2021

This week is National Volunteers’ Week – an opportunity to recognise the contribution of volunteers to local causes. One of the most heart-warming parts of being the MP for Broxtowe is to meet with and talk to constituents who give up their time to help others in our community.

Yesterday I visited Middle Street Resource Centre in Beeston. It was great to receive a tour of the building by trustees, Sylvia Stevens and Colin Failes, as well as the Business Development Manager, Paul Walsh, to hear about the work they do in supporting local people through the range of groups and activities on offer at Middle Street Resource Centre.

Whilst there, I also met Justine Schneider, a trustee of Beeston Dementia Friends who run Beeston Memory Café. The Memory Café – run entirely by volunteers – provides much needed support to those with dementia and their carers. This is just one example of the invaluable work volunteers do in our community. For their work as well as the work of volunteers across Broxtowe, I want to say a huge thank you.

Currently the Beeston Memory Café are currently looking for new trustees to extend the experience and skills of the current team. If anyone would be interested in supporting the work they do with people living with dementia and their carers, please do visit their website.

I was also pleased to welcome the Minister for Civil Societies, Baroness Barran MBE to Broxtowe at Beeston Library. It was lovely to hear about the work being done by Inspire and Nottinghamshire County Council through their library service to offer volunteering opportunities in Broxtowe and across Nottinghamshire.

British Beer and Pubs Association

On Tuesday I met with Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer and Pubs Association, hearing about the challenges that pubs and breweries are continuing to face. Last year, I held a meeting with landlords and representatives from local pubs in Broxtowe and I also spoke in Parliament during a debate on small brewers’ relief. Local pubs are the heart of our communities and I am keen to offer them my support in any way I can during this difficult period.

Levelling Up Bid

As you may know, I have chosen Kimberley as the focus of my bid for the £4.8 billion Levelling Up Fund announced by the Government.

It was great that the Town Council are reflecting on the ideas put forward by Kimberley Sixth Form students, following a survey they conducted after the pupils and I discussed communities and politics, and where they would like to see investment in Kimberley.

Broxtowe Borough Council are currently running a consultation to gather your thoughts on future developments in Kimberley. Please take the time to respond to their consultation and have your say.

Meetings and Surgeries

Today I met with the local Clinical Commissioning Group to discuss the progress of the vaccine programme across Nottinghamshire and the steps being taken to increase the number of face-to-face GP appointments. It was great to hear that a number of steps have been taken to increase the uptake of the Covid-19 vaccination. For those aged 40 or over as well as carers, frontline health workers and those in at risk groups are able to walk-in to a number of locations across the county between 8am and 8pm and have a vaccination without booking. More information on this can be found here. For those 30 and over, who are now eligible to have the vaccine, please do not hesitate to book.

I also was pleased to learn that the most recent data shows that 55% of the GP appointments in Nottinghamshire are now being conducted face-to-face. I will continue to monitor the situation as I know a number of constituents have contacted me regarding GP appointments.

Finally, I had a number of calls today with constituents on a breadth of issues. As ever, if you would like to raise an issue with me, please do email me to book a virtual surgery.

Looking ahead to next week, I will be hosting two Push Bike Broxtowe meetings next Friday for the Schools and Neighbourhoods and Strategy and Planning Sub-Groups. As always, please do email me if you wish to attend either of these meetings. Any constituents are welcome to attend to share your views on how we can encourage active travel in schools and around the local area.

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