Award for Thames Ditton Community Centre

Yesterday, the Thames Ditton Centre for the Community won the prize as the ‘Center for all Ages’, at the Awards for All Ages presented in the House of Lords. The centre was recognised for having a range of activities for all ages on one shared site, from children to pensioners. There’s dance, Tai Chi, ballet […]

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Care in the Community

On Friday, I visited Sherwood House in Walton, one of our local care homes supported by Walton Charity. I joined the residents in the middle of a sing song amidst glorious sunshine. The staff are dedicated and work hard to ensure a vibrant and happy atmosphere. One of the major social issues of our time […]

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Three Cheers for CHEER

Last week, I visited CHEER a local charity covering East Elmbridge. CHEER (Concern and Help for East Elmbridge Retired) is a small local charity. Their befriending service offers regular company for elderly people. The volunteers help reduce loneliness and isolation that some experience in later life. They arrange occasional get-togethers for volunteers and their clients […]

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Funding for Princess Alice Hospice

I was delighted to hear this week that capital grant funding for Princess Alice Hospice has been confirmed despite the parlous state of the public finances. The hospice does incredible work for those with terminal illness – and their families – and Ministers have now confirmed to me that a £40k tranche of capital funding, […]

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Equitable Life, Lousy Deal

Yesterday, David Cameron gave a cast-iron pledge to end this government’s dithering and give Equitable Life policy-holders the compensation they deserve. He said: ‘If we win the election, we’re going to sort out Equitable Life very early on.’ In 2008, the Parliamentary Ombudsman blamed the collapse of Equitable Life on a decade of regulatory failure […]

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Local Care for the Elderly

In Elmbridge – a place the Daily Mail dubbed the Beverly Hills of Surrey – it is easy to overlook pockets of neglect. These are a direct result of the poor deal Surrey gets for local funding from the Treasury: per capita spending on local public services is a third of the national average. In […]

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