Today I was incredibly excited be bringing Google’s Digital Garage to The Trident Business Centre.
The tech professionals offered workshops for local people on ‘Social Media Strategy’, ‘creating a digital marketing plan’, and ‘making presentations for work’.
So many young people and local business owners benefited from this free training: gaining invaluable digital skills to help with studies, finding employment, and expanding existing businesses.
I spoke to The Guardian about the rising numbers of homeless people who are being admitted to hospitals with largely preventable illnesses.
Thousands of homeless people in England are arriving at hospital with Victorian-era illnesses such as tuberculosis, as well as with serious respiratory conditions, liver disease and cancer, with hospital admissions for such conditions surging over the last decade.
It has been a tragedy to witness the rise in emergency department attendance and hospital admissions for the homeless.
This winter, waiting rooms have been brimming with people desperate for treatment for chest infections. Furthermore, whereas previously drug and alcohol support was more readily available, long referral times and no access to a fixed address has meant many are lost in the system and unable to receive help when they reach crisis point.
Read the full article here: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/feb/20/nhs-england-figures-show-soaring-homeless-patient-numbers?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other
Since I was first elected in June 2016, I have been dedicated to providing opportunities to vulnerable young people across Tooting. Along with South Thames College, Tooting, I launched the 'Take One' scheme to encourage local businesses to take on apprentices from Tooting to ensure that our young people have the chance to develop new skills.
With this in mind, it was fantastic to organise and take part in a breakfast meeting at South Thames College, attended by some brilliant local organisations who all shared the same goal: improving opportunities available for young people in Tooting. We discussed ways in which their work can be promoted and supported by South Thames College and the wider community.
I was so pleased to see all the connections that were being made on the day. Through our network, we can set up initiatives and support each other’s projects to better meet the needs of our most vulnerable young people.
A huge thank you to everyone who took part in this empowering event. I can’t wait to have a follow-up meeting in a few months to see the progress we have made together!
Today I had the honour of seeing my photograph framed in Portcullis House for the first time, as part of the 209 Women Exhibition.
The 209 portraits of all female MPs, captured by a collective of 209 UK based female photographers, marks the centenary of the first vote for women.
I am incredibly proud to be part of such an amazing project, and be surrounded by these impressive women.
We have come a long way, but there's still much more to be done!
We’ve heard some devastating stories of people in Croydon who lost priceless possessions in the Shurgard self-storage fire in Croydon. Along with local councillors, I'm pushing for better protection for local people using Shurgard on Garratt Lane.
If you are affected - or have concerns - get in touch.
A constituent has been in touch to raise concerns regarding the quality of care provided at Brightwell Crescent. The care is provided by Hestia, who were awarded the contract around nine months ago.
I am told that since Hestia took over the provision, standards have dropped significantly. I understand residents are not receiving the required levels of support in undertaking basic daily tasks. I have also been informed that rooms are not cleaned to an acceptable standard and overall hygiene in the building is a major concern.
I have outlined these concerns to Chief Executive of Hestia, Patrick Ryan, and I expect a prompt investigation.
NHS staff were the previous care providers at Brightwell Crescent, and I have not been made aware of any such problems during this time. This raises the question: Why did Wandsworth Council award the contract to Hestia over the NHS?
I have raised this query directly with Liz Bruce, Director of Adult Social Services for Wandsworth Council, and I have requested an overview of the tendering process.
The decision to award Hestia this contract is indicative of the Conservative Council's commitment to privatisation of our local services.
I’ve written to Wandsworth Council regarding the proposed changes to Franciscan Children’s Centre - vulnerable families should not be made worse off.
If you use this fantastic centre, then please contact me.
Many constituents have been in touch to raise concerns regarding significant rent increases for traders in Broadway Market. I was shocked to discover that, in some instances, rent for this calendar was double that of the previous year.
Broadway Market has been at the heart of Tooting for over 80 years and the independent businesses operating here contribute so much to our local community and economy. The fantastic enterprises in Broadway Market will always have my unwavering support, and the exploitation of these businesses is wholly unacceptable.
I recently met with the landlords to express my concerns. I have also written to every business in Broadway Market - condemning the rent increases and offering my support to those affected.
If you or your business have been impacted by this issue, please feel free to get in touch with me.
All conversations will be kept in confidence.
Tooting Parkrun turned 3 today, and even the chilliest weather couldn't keep us away!
The organisers and volunteers do an amazing job of keeping the event going. It's a great, accesible way of keeping fit, so make sure you head to Tooting Common one weekend and get involved.
Parkrun attracts people from all walks of life, all shapes and sizes, and you can run at your own pace with hundreds of other enthusiasts.
Check out their Twitter page for more: https://twitter.com/Tootingparkrun