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Alex Norris MP's Weekly Newsletter

Member of Parliament for Nottingham North
31st August 2018
Issue #60

Welcome to the latest issue of my weekly newsletter.  

This week was the last of recess, before I return to Parliament on Tuesday, so I’ve been busy in Nottingham once again, so I have all that to tell you about, as well as a preview of what I have planned in Westminster for the 2 weeks before the party conference recess is upon us. 

And as I’ve already mentioned, over the Summer I’m running a priorities survey to give you the chance to tell me what matters most to you. This gives you the opportunity to tell me where you think I should be putting my time and effort, and what issues specifically of those I've been focusing on are most important to you.   

You can then complete the survey by clicking the following link. I look forward to receiving all your good ideas.  
 

www.HaveYourSayNottinghamNorth.co.uk 

 
Of course, if you have other areas you'd like me to work on, you can always email me at alex.norris.mp@parliament.uk.  

Read on to find out what I’ve been up to this week... 

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 alex.norris.mp@parliament.uk and I will include it in future issues. Please also forward it onto anyone you think may be interested.  

Basford United

As you know each week of recess I have been opening this newsletter with information about an important local organisation. Today I cover a group I’ll be watching tomorrow afternoon - Basford United Football Club. 

Basford are a fast growing club with big ambitions. They provide pitch space for all ages, boys and girls and also partner with the local College for educational opportunities. 

Further information can be found in this Nottingham Post article.

In Nottingham

What would have been my last full week in Nottingham for the summer was of course cut short by the bank holiday on Monday, but I have still fitted a lot in, including the following: 

  • A couple of weeks ago I spoke about everything my local charity Rebalancing has been doing and has coming up. The truth is that a lot of the positive change we want to make to Nottingham North requires fundingh, so we began the week with a funding strategy meeting  to discuss our tactics for raising money. 
  • You may recall that one of the projects that Rebalancing supports is Lung Health MOTs – free CT scans which can detect lung cancer early and save lives. Indeed, they already have! I mentioned recently that this pioneering has led to pilots for wider screening being rolled out elsewhere, and on Wednesday I headed to the City Hospital to discuss this with David Baldwin, a respiratory physicist and more importantly Chair of NHS England’s Clinical Expert Group for Lung Cancer. 
  • As I had no scheduled surgery this week, on Wednesday afternoon I met with constituents to discuss their concerns that couldn’t wait until the next one. 
  • I met with Andy Crofts from Enevo Smart Waste – a technology company trying to revolutionise rubbish collection, saving time and money and helping the environment through reducing waste.  This is a real Nottingham success story. I know Andy from when we were other at the Council and his firm is a flourishing business providing good jobs to local people. 
  • Yesterday I headed to two wonderful services run by Framework – more on that below! 
  • We continued our efforts to secure funding to develop Strelley Health Centre. 
  • This morning I joined Remedi in their ‘Step Up, Beat Hate’ event at the City Ground. Remedi are a registered charity working in 7 counties, who provide Restorative Justice and victim services across the youth and adult criminal justice arenas. One of these services is the provision of support for young people in Nottingham North who are required to undertake community reparation as part of a court order. This event was a great opportunity for me to help support awareness of their work and the issues they face. 
  • I was then visited by Frederick Cook from the local branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England to discuss how the campaign is going and how I’m able to support it. 
  • And to finish the week, I just left a catch-up with Kate Hudson, from the local Communication Workers’ Union branch. 

And tonight I’ll be attending the TULO Dinner celebrating Labour’s special link with the Trade Union movement. 

Framework

Yesterday afternoon I headed into the city centre, as Sarah Schoenberger from the Alcohol Health Alliance UK (AHA) showed me around two services run by local charity Framework: Edwin House and the Nottingham Wellbeing Hub. During the day we were fortunate enough to be joined by a number of the leaders and decision makers from Framework. 

Cheap alcohol carries a tremendous cost, damaging not only people’s health, but also the economy and wider society. Indeed, Public Health England (PHE) found that alcohol harm is costing the UK as much as £52 billion a year, and in Nottingham, alcoholic liver disease accounts for 85.7 of every 100,000 hospital admissions, more than twice the national average. Services such as Framework and the Wellbeing Hub provides valuable support to many of such individuals, supported by the AHA, an alliance of 50 organisations whose mission is to reduce the damage caused to health by alcohol misuse.  

Framework operates throughout the North-East Midlands and Sheffield, as well as the two services I visited yesterday. They serve individuals with diverse needs, through providing housing, health, care and employment services, so that they can lead financially independent, healthy, and stable lives.  

The Wellbeing Hub, found just off Maid Marian Way, enables access to support and employment services by bringing together existing services in one location, hosted by Framework. This allows individuals to simultaneously access multiple services they may need, including drug and alcohol services, mental health support, support for offenders, homelessness prevention, and employment services. The Hub provides free, confidential advice, working with multiple partners, including Nottingham City Council, the Nottinghamshire NHS Foundation Trust, Nottingham Crime and Drugs Partnership and the Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner. It was great to see it in action helping people from all walks of life, and I’m sure it’s been an amazing lifeline for many of my constituents from Nottingham North. 

Edwin House, on the other hand, is a residential facility, providing specialised care and re-ablement services for those with health issues related to chronic alcohol and substance misuse. It was renovated last year, and now provides high-quality care for up to 62 individuals, including a 14-bed detoxification unit. The multi-disciplinary team is committed to reduce harm and seek to empower and enable residents.  

I’m very grateful to Sophie for welcoming me, for the opportunity to discuss such important issues and the work that both Framework and the AHA are doing during the tours, and most importantly, for the services they offer to the people of Nottingham North and the rest of the area. I know that it makes a tremendous difference to people who are struggling.

Looking ahead to Westminster

I’m not back just yet, but here’s a quick preview of what my return to Parliament will entail: 

  • I return to the Home Affairs Select Committee on Tuesday afternoon, as we receive evidence on domestic abuse 
  • I have meetings with a variety of groups, including Let Us Learn, Google, and the British Beer & Pub Association 
  • On Wednesday I’ll be wearing pink in support of Breast Cancer Now – we're hoping the whole House of Commons Chamber will follow suit 
  • And last but not least, my two lovely border collies, Boomer and Corona, are heading down to London again on Thursday for Westminster Dog of the Year. Last year they won the pawblic vote and this year are aiming for the main prize!

What's On

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.

If you would like your events advertised here, or further information on those advertised, please email me at alex.norris.mp@parliament.uk.

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,

Alex

New Wellbeing/Self-Help Group
An opportunity to meet new people, make new friends, and help you build up confidence and self-esteem.
Identify areas of your own wellbeing - physically & mentally.
Referral support to other services & support.
Friendly & comfortable environment, with no pressure to talk.
Hosted in the West Room, St Mary’s the Virgin & All Souls Church, Highbury Road, Bulwell, NG6 9AD.
The first meeting is on Monday 10th September 2018, 10:30am - 12pm
For further info: fay.goodhand@icloud.com

WAIS Paws in the Park
Bring your pooch for a 5km sponsored dog walk and help raise funds for our pet fostering project which helps pets and families to find safety from domestic abuse
Rushcliffe Country Park, Ruddington
Sunday, 23rd September, 11:30-16:30
For more info click here.

Poems in the Pub
Open Mic Night, Free Admission, Local Talent, Full Bar
The William Peverel, Bulwell
First Thursday in the month, 7:30pm start.
Next one October 4th

Drop in Café
All welcome for a free cuppa and biscuit, and a place to sit and have a chat
Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Parish Community Centre, Brooklyn Rd, Bulwell NG6 9ES
Thursdays, 9:30am–12:30pm

Messy Church
Drinks, crafts, activities, bible stories and a meal for all ages and interests
Bulwell United Reformed Church, Broomhill Road/Brooklyn Road, Bulwell
Usually first Saturday of every month, 10:30am-12:30pm

Bestwood Park Church’s Bestop Kitchen
Social Eating Event, Donations Welcome
Bestwood Park Church, Beckhampton Road, NG5 5NG
Every Tuesday, 12-2pm

Whiz Kids Junior Church
Free breakfast, arts & crafts for children aged 5ish – 11ish
St Mary the Virgin & All Souls Parish Church, Highbury Road, Bulwell
Every Sunday, 9:30am

Crafty Ladies
Bring along a project, or learn to do something new.
St Martins Church, St Martin’s Rd, Off Strelley Rd, Bilborough, NG8 3BH
Every Wednesday, 11am – 2pm
50p, for further info: www.stmartinsbilborough.org.uk, info@stmartinsbilborough.uk



 

Best Small Shops Competition
Calling all small shops in Nottingham North – what makes your shop stand out? Nominate yourself for the Best Small Shops Competition in Parliament at https://www.indieretail.uk/best-small-shops/

Women's Aid Bake a Difference
Throughout September, raise money for Women's Aid by having your own bake sale. This is an opportunity for individuals, companies, coffee shops and community groups across Nottingham and South Nottinghamshire to raise funds and awareness about their work.
For more info click here.

Messy Church
All welcome – food, fun, arts & crafts, & God slot
St Mary the Virgin & All Souls Parish Church, Highbury Road, Bulwell
2nd Sunday every month, 3-5pm

Messy Church Bestwood/Bulwell Forest
Bestwood Park Church, Beckhampton Rd, Bestwood Park
Various Thursdays, 4:30-6pm
Church on Rise Park, Revelstoke Way, Rise Park
Various Thursdays, 5-6:30pm

Free Community Cinema
Free screenings of films, everyone welcome!
St John’s Church, Key’s Close, Bulwell
2nd Friday every month, 7pm

Bulwell Connectors
Free monthly group developing opportunities for more art in public places in Bulwell. With trips to galleries and hands-on creative workshops, this group is for local people who want to be arts champions for Bulwell. Facilitated by Nottingham Contemporary associate artist Gillian Brent
Bulwell Riverside, Community Room 2 
2nd Tuesday every month, 6-8pm
For further info: www.creativenottinghamnorth.com, @CreativeNNorth, cathy.mahmood@rebalancingouterestates.com

Crochet Clinic
Community Room at Tesco Bulwell, Jennison St, NG6 8EQ (upstairs near the cafe)
First Wednesday of every month, 6:30pm–8:30pm
£5 (covers refreshments and materials)
For further info: www.apriltowriess.co.uk, hello@apriltowriess.co.uk

 
How to contact me

If you would like to contact me, please email alex.norris.mp@parliament.uk 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
LABOUR PARTY
  • If you’d like to learn more about the Labour party their website is here.
  • To join the Labour Party click here.
LOCAL NEWS
LOCAL INFORMATION
  • 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.
NATIONAL LINKS
  • For the main Parliamentary website click here and to explore the Parliamentary education site click here.
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