Friends of Hurst Park

On Friday, I visited Friends of Hurst Park, a local group of people who are campaigning to protect and preserve the Hurst Park Meadow area. I had a good chat with the group about their aim to guarantee green space status for Hurst Park. They are concerned about the potential risk of future developments on Hurst […]

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Doing Our Bit to Support Refugees

On Friday, I met with Elmbridge CAN – a local community group working to support the acceptance of refugees within Elmbridge. I had a useful and productive meeting with Becky Hill and her dedicated team who work hard to facilitate collaboration with both local and national stakeholders to raise awareness of refugees and to try […]

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Tackling Local Homelessness

Today, I went along to support Helen Watson, CEO of Elmbridge Rentstart, at a reception in the House of Lords. Elmbridge Rentstart does a great job supporting homeless people in Elmbridge on low incomes to access accommodation in the private rented sector. This helps to promote independence for vulnerable people – around 25% of the […]

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Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Service

Today, I visited the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust (KSSAT) to see for myself the incredible service provided by this great charity. I met with Adrian Bell, CEO, Helen Bowcock, Chair of Trustees, and some of the medics and pilots. I received a detailed briefing on how the service and Trust operate. The […]

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Neighbourhood Food Collection

Earlier this month, I dropped in to check out the annual Neighbourhood Food Collection at Tesco, in West Molesey. The event is a collective partnership between Tesco, the Trussell Trust and FareShare and is part of an ongoing effort to encourage customers to donate long-life food to charity to help those most in need. Since […]

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National Citizen Service

On Tuesday, I joined a group of young people taking part in the National Citizen Service (NCS), at the invitation of area manager Danielle Ellis. The NCS is a summer scheme which brings together 16 and 17 year olds from across Surrey, to complete a series of personal and team challenges and help make a […]

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Carer Support Elmbridge

Last Friday, I visited Carer Support Elmbridge, a local charity based in Walton that supports unpaid carers who look after their loved ones. I met development worker Jenny Pearman, support and advocacy worker Yvonne Clarke, and the Chair of Trustees, Christine Hayden (pictured with me above). Carer Support Elmbridge undertake incredibly important work to support […]

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Streets Apart Project

Today, away from the noisy leadership contest dominating Westminster, I got stuck into a range of important local issues. I joined the Elmbridge Community Fund for their latest panel meeting, looking at our efforts to raise a community endowment to support local neighbourhoods or projects in need. I visited Surrey County Council to talk through […]

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Claygate Village WI

Last week, I joined a meeting of the Claygate Village WI, at the invitation of their president Pat Whiffin, at the village hall. Claygate Village WI have an important role in the local community, organising activities from bridge to bowls, and regular outings. Their interests span from Morris dancing, to supporting Chelsea pensioners, and preserving […]

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