I was delighted to hear that TRAIN, a great organisation which works with young people in Didcot, has been Highly Commended in the Kids Count Inspire the House Awards. I am always inspired by the hard work and dedication of the staff and volunteers at Didcot TRAIN, as I am by so many of the voluntary and charitable groups across the Constituency, and it is fantastic to see them being recognised in this way.
I was recently sent information about another group that relies on volunteers to do much of its good work. Healthwatch Oxfordshire, is an independent organisation that listens to your views and experiences of health and social care in Oxfordshire, and they’ve asked for my help in letting you know about 3 big opportunities for local people and organisations
Firstly, Healthwatch gives grants of up to £5,000 to local organisations to help you research the issues your members face trying to access health and social care services. On a smaller scale, if you want to run a local event you can apply for £500 towards the cost, so long as Healthwatch can attend and talk to your visitors about their health and social care experiences. Finally, you can volunteer with Healthwatch: more details are at www.Healthwatchoxfordshire.co.uk
More widely this month I have received around 300 emails on national issues and campaigns. The largest batch have been on the Bill to allow the recall of MPs. I also have many constituents concerned about assistance to the Iraqi Government against ISIL. I firmly believe that the UK must play its part in destroying these evil extremists. Other issues that I’ve been contacted about this month include the rights of pedestrians, Palestinian recognition and the matters arising from the Scottish referendum.
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Ed Vaizey MP