01 AUG 2018

Devon For Europe

This evening I was back at the Royal Seven Stars to meet with Devon For Europe. A growing campaign for a Peoples Vote on the final terms of Brexit before it's too late


01 AUG 2018

Soundart Radio

I enjoyed visiting Soundart Radio in Dartington today. Thank you to Lucinda and Shelley for all you are doing around schools and community projects; it was interesting to hear of your future plans to involve young people in this great local radio station


01 AUG 2018

Devon Sustainability and Transformation Plan

This morning I met with Sophia Christie, the interim CE of Devon STP to discuss children's mental health, funding, digital and integrated care. We spoke about my ongoing campaign to increase community beds across the South Hams and in particular, I raised my concerns about Dartmouth and the need for more community beds.


20 JUL 2018

Devon Youth Intervention Team

Today I met with Jan Forward, the Service Manager of the Devon Youth Intervention Team (YIT). This team works with young people to divert them away from offending and the criminal justice system at the earliest possible opportunity. Many of these young people have unidentified language and communication needs which make school and friendships difficult for them. I also met with a crucial member of the team, Dr Val Brooks, a Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist. Val works with the young people to identify their communication needs in order that they can be supported to be successful in education and to improve their life chances. The team's figures for first time entrants into the youth justice system, are substanaily below both the national and local South West average. Also attending the meeting to learn more about the Devon team's successes was Derek Munn, Director of Policy and Public Affairs at the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.

Bercow: Ten Years On is a review of provision for children and young people with speech, language and communication needs published by I CAN, the children's communication charity, and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. Communication is our most important life skill, but many children and young people have difficulties communicating. Left unidentified and unsupported, these needs can have a negative impact on many aspects of life. The report makes recommendations to improve support for children and young people with communication needs and their families. More details about the review are available here


20 JUL 2018

Advice Surgery

Thank you to everyone who attended my Advice Surgery today. If you would like an appointment to discuss personal, local or national concerns please telephone 01803 868378 or email nina.smith@parliament.uk


20 JUL 2018

Dartington Primary

I met with Jill Mahon, Headteacher of Dartington Primary, School Governor and a parent's representative to hear about parental concerns with regard to a mobile mast placed near the school. Tests undertaken this week showing the level is well below the set limits are being shared with parents.


06 JUL 2018

Totnes Advice Surgery

Thank you to everyone who attend my Advice Surgery today. If you would like an appointment to meet to discuss local or national issues, please email nina.smith@parliament.uk of telephone 01803 868378


29 JUN 2018

Brixham Carers

It was lovely to be back in Brixham this afternoon to meet with carers to discuss local issues and social care and recommendations of the Health Select Committee's Inquiry into Long Term Funding of Adult Social Care.


29 JUN 2018

Totnes Macular Society & Devon In Sight

Thank you to local people living with sight loss, Totnes Macular Society and Devon In Sight for meeting today to discuss off road paths, NHS, social care and key partnership role of voluntary sector.


29 JUN 2018

Totnes WI

Thank you to the Totnes WI for inviting me to join you to discuss voting, select committees, social care, prisons and Brexit


29 JUN 2018

The Egremont Trust

I met this morning with Richard Martin of The Egremont Trust (Salcombe), a registered charity with the aim of maintaining the ship MV Egremont as a facility for the advancement of the education and development of young people, as well as raising funds to utilise the facility for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.


31 MAY 2018

South West Coast Path

I really enjoyed meeting up with director Julian Gray today to discuss Torcross and other stretches that need access improvements and the 40 for40 campaign

 


31 MAY 2018

Dartmouth Mayflower

Lovely to catch up with Peter Conisbee and the exciting plans for Dartmouth Mayflower 400 celebrations


30 MAY 2018

Totnes Open Meeting

Thank you to everyone who came to last night's public meeting in Totnes, especially to Rev Steve Jones for chairing and PC Geoff Foster for coming to discuss drugs and policing.


26 MAY 2018

BrixFest

Brixham looked great today for BrixFest. I agree with Mitch Tonks who has travelled the world but says the best and freshest fish are landed right here in Brixham


26 MAY 2018

Shoalstone Pool

I absolutely loved joining the wonderful team at Shoalstone Pool to say a huge thank you to all the volunteers who have saved this amazing lido following Storm Emma. Do come and visit!


25 MAY 2018

Quayside Totnes

I was delighted to open Quayside in Totnes today. This kind of supported living changes lives and I am delighted to see Quayside open, accessible to the community and to hear so many compelling and positive stories from residents. Cutting the ribbon with me are Mr and Mrs Hindle.

L-R Paul Watson, MD Guinness Care, Catriona Simons, CEO The Guinness Partnership, and Neil Braithwaite, Chair of The Guinness Partnership Board.


25 MAY 2018

â€éDevon Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Services

I met with Fee Scott today, the Chief Executive of the ‎Devon Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Services to discuss how they support  women aged 13 and over and young men aged 13-25. They also offer limited support to the families, friends and partners of those affected by sexual violence.


25 MAY 2018

Totnes Community Hospital

Thank you to all the health care professionals for their hard work for the Totnes Community

 

 

Bob Alfordand the Totnes Caring Team

 Totnes Care Team
Social Care Team Mental Care Team for older people

Bob Alford, Julian Ayrton, Matron Tracey Cunningham and Lee Baxter

 


18 MAY 2018

Advice Surgery

Thank you to everyone who attended my Advice Surgery today.

Amongst the subjects discussed was the availability of Orkambi and thank you to Jessica, Cathy, Jean and Sarah for their thoughts on this important issue.


10 MAY 2018

Grove School

Thank you to the Devon head teachers, public health, and NHS leaders, who joined myself and Anne-Marie Morris MP at the Grove School for meeting today to discuss education and mental health.


07 MAY 2018

Ageing Well

Thank you to Ageing Well for all you are doing to make it easier for local communities across the Bay to access high quality advice and information. FAIR (Financial Advice, Information & Resilience) was launched today, and is a new advice and information project which will offer a wide range of support for local communities


04 MAY 2018

Fishtek Marine

Absolutely loved visiting Fishtek Marine today, an amazing business based in South Devon making a difference in marine conservation, reducing bycatch and plastic waste in our oceans


04 MAY 2018

Galmpton

Tonight I was Quiz Master at the Manor Inn, Galmpton. Thank you to everyone who attended and helped to make this an enjoyable evening and for their kind donations to Rowcroft Hospice.


04 MAY 2018

Advice Surgery

Thank you to everybody who attended today's Advice Surgery in Totnes.


03 MAY 2018

Slapton

Thank you to local residents, councillors, the Slapton Line Partnership, Devon County Council, and South Hams District Council for coming to today's meeting at Slapton Village Hall, to discuss A379 and the beach management plan.


20 APR 2018

Social Prescribing

Huge thanks to the great Dr James Mottram and an amazing team for all they are doing for the Kingsbridge community. Loved hearing about South Hams Area Wellbeing and agree social prescribing can make such a positive difference to people's lives.


20 APR 2018

Kingsbridge Community College

Lovely to be back at Kingsbridge Community College for wide ranging Q&A session with year 13, College Council pupils and to meet Haseeba to share views on the NHS and public health. Thank you to Roger Pope for advice and thoughts on the national and local challenges, finance, mental health and education


20 APR 2018

TOTSOC

Thank you Paul and Kate from TotSoc for coming to share their views on the draft NPPF and consultation


13 APR 2018

Totnes Advice Surgery

Thank you to everyone who attended my Advice Surgery today. If you would like to meet discuss any concerns, please telephone 01803 868378 or email nina.smith@parliament.uk for an appointment.


23 MAR 2018

Share Shed

I was delighted to visit the Share Shed in Totnes today and meet with Larch Maxey to hear all about their success. They are currently based at The Network of Wellbeing's office, 16 High Street, Totnes, TQ9 5RY. The Share Shed is a 'library of things' where people can borrow all sorts of useful things, ranging from ladders, drills, carpet cleaners, camping and gardening equipment, sewing machines, and much more! The project enables local people to borrow items at nominal cost so that they don't have to buy them for themselves. The aim is to build a more resourceful community, allowing people to connect with each other and share things they may need just once in a while.

I know that the Share Shed is looking for a new long term home and I would encourage anyone with any ideas about this to get in touch with the team by telephoning 07516 908237 or emailing info@shareshed.org.uk


23 MAR 2018

Marketplace Ministries

It was good to catch up with Lindy Strong and Pastor Mark Hatch at Marketplace Ministries to hear about some of the services they provide, like the Food Bank, and a Drop-In shelter for the homeless.


23 MAR 2018

Police

Thank you to PC Geoff Foster and our local police team for taking the time to discuss the problems that affect the streets of Totnes.


23 MAR 2018

Totnes Advice Surgery

A busy surgery today in Totnes. If you would like an appointment to discuss national, local or personal concerns, please telephone 01803 868378 or email nina.smith@parliament.uk


23 MAR 2018

Grove School

I visited The Grove Primary School today to discuss the issues of school funding and mental health within education.


16 MAR 2018

Barclays Bank

I met with representatives from Barclays Bank to discuss the proposed branch closure in Totnes


16 MAR 2018

South Brent

I visited the South Brent Health Centre and a big thank you South Brent Community Energy Society and Sustainable South Brent for installing solar panels on the Health Centre and for a great meeting with the practice team to discuss taking forward other projects to benefit those at risk of hospital admission.


16 MAR 2018

Salcombe Primary School

I loved my visit to Salcombe Primary School today, and huge congratulations to Francesca and Joey for their fabulous winning posters and to Anna and Ella for campaigning to be the first #PlasticClever school. Great to meet all the pupils, staff and head, Andy Pugsley to hear about their campaign.


10 MAR 2018

Torcross, the Slapton Line and Beesands

  Today I visited Torcross, the Slapton Line
and Beesands to view the damage from Storm Emma.   


09 MAR 2018

Totnes Advice Surgery

This afternoon was another constituency surgery. To make an appointment please call 01803 868 378 or email nina.smith@parliament.uk


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