A great day out at Brixham today at the Fishstock Festival where the new fish quay is transformed overnight for this unique 24-hour food and music festival. An army of volunteer helpers work long hours to turn the state-of-the-art fish market into a fantastic one-day festival venue. The event runs from 10am until midnight on the Saturday, when the volunteer army set about transforming it back into a working fish market as if by magic.... all to raise money for the Fishermen's Mission.
I recently met with Andy Moreman the new Chief Executive of Young Devon at my office in Totnes. I was really interested to hear about the work they do concerning the health and wellbeing of young people, especially in light of the issues of rural isolation we face in this area.
Andy also let me know about kooth.com which is an award winning online counselling and support service owned and managed by Xenzone. They provide free, safe and anonymous online support for young people.
I met with Angela Pedder (Lead Chief Executive – Devon STP) and Mairead McAlinden (Chief Executive – Torbay & South Devon Foundation Trust) at my Totnes office to catch up on health related matters.
I visited local business Ed Fagan Europe down in Kingsbridge to discuss the UK Space capability and participation in EU Space programs. Thank you to Chris Mahn for an illuminating chat.
I started the day with a visit to Torbay Hospital Emergency Department to hear about the great progress they are making. Thank you to all staff and volunteers.
It was good to hear that CQC has assessed Torbay Hospital Urgent and Eemergency Services and the medicine specialties as overall Good.
Another great Totnes Show!
This evening I held an open meeting at Kingsbridge Community College along with Ken Wenman, the Chief Executive of the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust to listen to the concerns of the community about ambulance response times
This afternoon I met with Dr Derval Harte and Dr Nadia Khatib to discuss sexual health services in Torbay.
This morning I visited the wonderful St John's community café in Bridgetown. Thanks to all the volunteers that make this possible
This morning I attended the stakeholder meeting down in Dartmouth. It was great to catch up with NHS staff and volunteers from across the community at Riverview to discuss progress and potential.
Today I met with Detective Chief Insp Stuart Cavin to discuss my Private Members Bill on stalking.
I met with some of the attendees and volunteers to celebrate the 7th anniversary of the Totnes Memory Cafe and to hear of that it offers to attendees with short term memory loss, and those who are diagnosed with dementia together with their carers.
My first half marathon! Thank you to everyone who supported my fund raising for Rowcroft Hospice. I managed to finish before the roads opened up again. Thank you also to all the marshalls for their support along the way.
I was delighted to attend the completion of the Follaton Oak development. Affordable homes are such a key issue in this constituency with has high house prices relative to average wages and it is great to see such a well thought out development providing affordable homes for the local community.
Thank you to Mark, Tara and John for taking the time to meet with me today to discuss The Torbay End Street Homelessness Campaign's 'Connections week' which runs the week beginning April 24th 2017, where volunteers from the community will go out and survey people sleeping on the streets. They will be trained and supported by experienced staff. The information that is gathered will help to prioritise who is housed first and to better understand what people need to help them move into, and sustain a home.
Alongside this they will be working hard to source accommodation for people to move into and recruiting a Volunteer Co-ordinator, who will support volunteers to visit people as they move into their new homes.
The Council are committed to the campaign, as are many agencies such as Shekinah, Westward Housing, the Street Pastors, Friends of Factory Row, the Police, and many others.
Thank you to Cllr Jacqui Hodgson, Anna Lunk and Kate Wilson for meeting with me today to discuss housing and the Neighbourhood Plans
Thank you to Cllr Simon Wright and David Parkes, Development Specialist at SHDC for taking the time to meet with me today to discuss community housing.
Thank you to SageTech Medical Innovations Ltd in Brixham for a fascinating visit to discuss innovation and the Health Select Committee's Inquiry into Brexit