Darren Henry’s Update on 20 June 2021

Loneliness Awareness Week 2021

This Loneliness Awareness Week I have been working with WaveLength to reduce loneliness and social isolation in Broxtowe.

I am delighted that by working with WaveLength I have managed to secure tablets and televisions for both Middle Street Resource Centre and Broxtowe Women’s Project to assist with their provision for their service users. It was great to be able to visit both organisations this week to learn how the equipment will be used. I know Middle Street Resource Centre are looking forward to using the digital equipment to help teach IT skills to individuals within the local community, and Broxtowe Women’s Project will use the equipment to support women and children who have suffered domestic abuse

Meeting with Chilwell School

On Wednesday, I spoke with local sixth formers from Chilwell School to answer their questions and concerns as part of their engagement with Parliament. It was great to discuss local issues and politics, as well as being an opportunity for them to put their views forward.
Work in Parliament

On Tuesday, I spoke during a Westminster Hall debate on Covid-19 and Loneliness – a particularly important topic given that almost 40% of UK adults are more concerned about their loneliness now than they did a year ago.

I took the opportunity during my speech to highlight the importance of digital infrastructure to enable us to connect with others, as well as thanking those charities for the work they do day in day out to tackle loneliness.

I am glad the Government are recognising the scale of the issue of loneliness and laying out plans to tackle it. I specifically want to commend them on attempting to tackle the taboo around the discussion of loneliness, through the ‘Let’s Talk Loneliness’ campaign.

Levelling Up Bid

It was great to attend a meeting with Kimberley Town Councillors on Thursday evening alongside the Major Projects Officer, Rebecca Ogden, from Broxtowe Borough Council to answer questions about our bid for the Levelling Up Fund. It is important we get a strong and successful bid submitted for Kimberley and help bring real investment to the town.

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 before the deadline on Friday 2nd July. It would be great to hear from local residents, not just residents in Kimberley, but also from all those who use facilities in Kimberley.

Meetings and Surgeries

On Tuesday as Co-Chair of the Midlands Engine All-Party Parliamentary Group, I was at our Energy Subgroup, discussing the Green Growth Action Plan and the opportunities it will provide to Broxtowe and the wider region. Discussions were had about the importance of the energy sector to the Midlands and the enablers needed to tackle climate change within our energy sector. I spoke about the importance of investing in skills and levelling up in order to make the green transition a reality, bringing along businesses at all levels including small and medium-sized enterprises.

I also met with No.10 this week to further our cause for levelling up in the Midlands and the need for the HS2 East Midlands Hub at Toton.

On Thursday I met with the new CEO of Nottingham Express Transit. It was good to discuss a range of issues, including future links to HS2 and how we can use the tram link to allow for better access for employment and skills development. I also met with the NHS Local Improvement Finance Trust (LIFT) where they briefed on their finance to develop 350 new buildings. Among the much used and cherished buildings delivered by LIFT is the Stapleford Care Centre.

As ever, should you wish to book a surgery with me, please do not hesitate to email me at darren.henry.mp@parliament.uk.

Looking ahead to next week, I am due to have a meeting with East Midlands Railway to discuss their amended timetable – an issue I know constituents have concerns about.

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