|Welcome to my latest newsletter as Member of Parliament of Nottingham North.
Parliamentary recess is coming to an end shortly but for now I’m still using this space to give coverage to some of the interesting and important groups that I have met with over the last several weeks. If you missed the organisations mentioned in my last few newsletters, they can be found on my website. Let me know what you think.
||I haven’t yet been fortunate enough to meet with Nottingham Gets 2 Work as a Member of Parliament, but I’m well aware of the great work they do from my time with Nottingham City Council, who help fund their work.
Sadly, here in Nottingham North too many young people are unemployed, with over 1,000 of the 2,500 people claiming either Jobseeker’s Allowance or unemployment related Universal Credit in the constituency being aged between 16-29. Nottingham Gets 2 Work is an organisation focused on helping these young people, as well as those outside the constituency who are looking for work in Nottingham, by easing the burden of worrying how you’re going to get there. They assist jobseekers with ways to travel more easily and save money doing it.
Here’s some examples of the useful services they can offer to help:
- Personal travel coaching
- Free Robin Hood travel cards to help get to interviews, training, or the first few weeks of a new job.
- A check-up and basic repairs for your bike so it’s safe to ride – or even a pre-owned bike to give you independent travel to training or work.
- Regular events offering advice and the above
|There’s much more too. I’d recommend anyone who may find this help useful check out the website here to find out more, and you can also sign up to receive more information by phone and email. You’ll also find some amazing success stories to read of local young people who’ve already received the support they needed.
As I’ve said before, I will strive to send you a newsletter like this each Friday to keep you updated on the work I’m doing in Parliament as well as in our community, and to inform you of any interesting events taking place in our area. To help me with the latter, if you are running or know of anything that you think may be of interest to others, feel free to drop me an email at email@example.com and I will include it in future issues. Please also forward it onto anyone you think may be interested.
In the constituency
The penultimate week of the summer recess has been a very busy one in the constituency and I’ve been fortunate enough to meet with so many great local organisations who I’ll be working hard to support in Parliament again from September.
I began Monday by meeting with Peter Richardson, Chair of the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, and their Chief Executive David Ralph to discuss the work the Partnership is doing to support local businesses in the area and therefore boost the economy.
D2N2 play a major role in securing and prioritising investment into the region. Whether it’s local monies, national monies or European investment they have a big say in what happens. I will be working with Peter and David to make sure that we get the investment we need locally and that the region punches its weight in London.
|I accompanied Cllr Sam Webster, the City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Business, Education and Skills, to the Futures Careers Centre on Maid Marian Way for a very informative tour, and then met with some constituents who have benefitted from the career support provided at the Broadmarsh Centre. Doing this with Cllr Webster was important, as it is important that myself and my fellow Nottingham MPs work closely with the City Council in order to get the best possible benefits for all our constituents, giving as many as possible the skills and opportunities to find stable employment as we can. I was very grateful to be given this tour and was very impressed with everything Futures offer for our young jobseekers.
In the afternoon, I met with Emma Trent and Tim Hatton from Notts County’s Football in the Community program, to learn about the wonderful health initiatives they offer, and Jane Lindsey-Green from Autogas, an organisation helping the environment through encouraging the use of natural gas by-products as fuel rather than petrol, which is both more expensive and more harmful.
Later in the week I met with the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, a Nottingham-based not-for-profit which campaigns for the rights of people injured through no fault of their own. For too many people, an unexpected accident can be financially devastating, and this organisation can make a huge difference for those who can’t afford a lawyer at short notice. We’re expecting legislation in this area later on in the year – I’ll be waiting for this with interest.
|I also caught up with Dawn Smith, Chief Officer of the Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group. I’ve worked with Dawn previously as Portfolio Holder for Adults and Health on the City Council, and now I’m representing the people of Nottingham North and part of Labour’s health team, I’ll be looking to cultivate relationships like this so that I can help get the best possible health outcomes for people here in the constituency and nationwide.
||Continuing the healthcare theme – you’ll notice there will be a lot of this – I spent Tuesday afternoon at Circle Health’s Nottingham NHS Treatment Centre on Lister Road, meeting the staff and seeing some of their innovative transformational change which leads the way in new models of patient care. The NHS is a hot-button political issue and likely will always be. One thing everyone agrees on is the need for services to work together and provide care based on individuals’ needs rather than organisational needs. We discussed how important it is that all parties understand the importance of working together, to respond to patients’ needs and deliver care closer to home, if this is to be a success.
One of my targets is to visit every place of worship in the constituency. As part of this I visited Aspley Methodist Church to catch up with Revd. Lynita Conradie. We talked about their work, their plans for the future and how I can support their community plans.
As you may know, I am very competitive. So I was excited to visit Sunrise House for their Sports Day.
|Sunrise House is one of many locations in the region run by Framework Housing Association to tackle homelessness people in the area. Framework do excellent work. At Sunrise they have 16 homes for young mums aged 16 – 19. It was a great privilege to meet the staff, take a tour and hear the stories of local users of Framework’s services. As luck would have it, my visit happened to coincide with the House’s Sports Day, which meant I also got to show off my competitive side with some hilarious activities like welly-tossing and an egg and spoon race.
|To end the week, I’ll be meeting Severn Trent, touring Strelley ASDA and visiting CityCare. I’ll tell you more next Friday!
Funding for local charities and community groups
I’ve been asked to help let you know that applications for local grants funded by the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery are now open, with grants of between £500 and £20,000 available for local charities and community groups. The deadline for applications is 28th August 2017.
The Postcode Trust are keen to get the word out to as many charities and community groups as possible.
The funding will be allocated through one of three Trusts, which support different categories of projects:
- People’s Postcode Trust seeks applications for projects that focus on the prevention of poverty, promotion of human rights, equal rights and conflict resolution for some of society’s most vulnerable groups.
- Postcode Local Trust supports wildlife, sustainability, play areas and green spaces.
- Postcode Community Trust focuses on grass-roots sports, arts, recreation and healthy living programmes.
For more information on how to apply for funding, please visit the Trusts’ websites:
I want these emails to be as interesting as possible. That means there’ll be some politics – it’s important that I am held accountable. But I also want to offer information about what’s on locally. So, if you have an event you’d like me to advertise, let me know.
Bestwood Park Church’s Bestop Kitchen
Social Eating Event, Donations Welcome
Bestwood Park Church, Beckhampton Road, NG5 5NG
Every Tuesday, 12-3pm
Basford Bash Family Fun Day
Music, Activities, Arts and Crafts, and much more
Old Basford Community Centre, Bramble Close, NG6 0QG
Saturday 2nd September, 12-5pm
For further info please call 0115 978 5095
Poems in the Pub
Poetry Open Mic Night
The William Peverel, Bulwell
Thursday 5th October and Thursday 2nd November, 7pm
If you would like your events advertised here, or further information on those advertised, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
That’s all for now! Details of how to get in touch or to have a look at the things I’m doing are below…
All the best,
How to contact me
If you would like to contact me, please email email@example.com or give my Nottingham North constituency office a ring on 0115 975 2377.
If you are a constituent from Nottingham North e-mailing me regarding a casework issue you are my priority, so please ensure your message includes:
- your full name
- your full postal address, including postcode
- a contact telephone number and
- any helpful details relevant to your case such as date of birth, reference numbers etc.
Strict parliamentary protocol means I can only deal with issues on behalf of my own constituents. If you aren’t sure whether you live in Nottingham North, you can check who your local MP is by entering your postcode online here: findyourmp.parliament.uk.
You may also wish to write to me with your concerns. If so please send your correspondence to Alex Norris MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A OAA. All constituents who take the time and trouble to write a personal letter will receive a reply as a matter of priority.
Other useful links
- If you’d like to learn more about the Labour party their website is here.
- To join the Labour Party click here.
- Benefits Information: Here’s an excellent site that allows you to find out exactly what benefits you are eligible to claim: EntitledTo
- Housing: please contact your City Council
- Problems with benefits or the Child Support Agency? The Citizens Advice Bureau and the Nottingham Welfare Rights Service can give advice. Remember to have your National Insurance number handy if you make an inquiry.
- Local schools / education matters: please contact your City Council.
- Employment rights: see Citizens Advice Bureau or the Trades Union Congress for info.
- Social services, environmental health, noise nuisance, parking, and Council Tax should all be addressed to the City Council.
- Another useful website on public services is Direct.gov.
- For the main Parliamentary website click here and to explore the Parliamentary education site click here.