Thank you to Totnes Progressive School for inviting me to visit. Pupils have presented me with a petition to forward to the Minister to make all the shops in Totnes use recyclable/recycled shopping bags.
Thank you to Cecilia, Suzi and all at BATS for a wonderful and moving Armistice commemoration. Thank you also to veteran and historian, Robbie Robinson for lighting our Beacon For Brixham.
I was honoured to join Dartmouth Remembrance Parade and Service this morning to remember all who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
It was good to meet with Louise, Andrew and Reg from the NFU to discuss the Agriculture Bill.
Thank you to Stuart Rogers for meeting with me today to discuss the National Federation of Sub Post Masters' plans.
In September, Blackawton Community Shop and Post Office located to the village's main street, opposite the church and just next to the George Inn.
The shop is staffed largely by volunteers, and it was great to meet with those who have helped to bring this community shop to fruition.
The new Slapton Community Shop, which opened in February this year, is currently located at the end of the Village Hall car park in Wood Lane, near Slapton Ley Field Centre.
Fifteen villagers raised the funds, which amounted to nearly £30,000, mostly donated from within the community; to locating a site, sourcing the temporary wooden building. The shop is run with helpers from the village.
Community spirit at its best!
Thank you to everyone for coming together for the official opening of the restoration of the A379 at Slapton.
When Storm Emma hit the coast in March, the wind speed and direction, extreme tides, wave height and surge conditions coincided with catastrophic effect. Every effort was made to fast-track the recovery process and thank you to DCC and the Slapton Line Partnership for working so quickly to enable me to put this to the Minister, this led to the DoT confirming emergency funding for repairs within a few days of the disaster happening.
Thank you to everyone for all their help in bringing this project to completion on schedule.
Thank you to every one of the 700,000 who marched with us for the amazing People Vote March today. It was an amazing opportunity to address this rally and great atmosphere. None of it would have been possible without so many people making such an effort to be there.
Absolutely stunning at Berry Head in Brixham today!
Thank you so much to Police and Crime Commissioner, Alison Hernandez and Ch Supt Keith Perkin for joining Mayor Judy Westacott, Cllrs and the local policing team in Totnes today, and to everyone who came to our public meeting to share views
Thank you to Alok Sharma, the Minister for Employment for taking the time to visit the Totnes Jobcentre to discuss Universal Credit
A wonderful day at Kingsbridge Show. Many congratulations and thank you to the show committee and volunteers for all their hard work it making this another great year.
Absolutely loved visiting the NT Riviera toady today to meet farmers, volunteers and the RSPB South West to view for myself the conservation work that is happening to save the Cirl Buntings. Rescued from the brink, this shows what can be achieved and must not be put at risk. It was also an opportunity to discuss agri-environment issues current and future
It was good to catch up with the Citizens Advice Bureau and the Federation of Small Businesses at my office in Totnes to listen to the views of local small and medium sized businesses.
Thank you to everyone who attended my open meeting at Chillington Village Hall this evening
Many thanks to Brixham Jobcentre for inviting me to hear views on the full rollout of Universal Credit which begins in September
Today I had the opportunity to visit a farm with the Devon Wildlife Trust to view wildflower meadow restoration, shelter belt planting and discussed a variet of issues, including drawing down grants via Countryside Stewardship and the Woodland Trust & Devon Bat Project
I was delighted to have the opportunity to catch up with the community teams and hospital staff at South Hams Hospital to see their new facilities and to listen to their views so that I can take these into account in my work chairing the Health and Social Care Select Committee.
Today I met with the Chair of Devon STP, Dame Suzi Leather to discuss children's mental health, funding, digital and integrated care as well as workforce shortfalls in healthcare.
It was lovely to meet residents and carers at Laura House today and I absolutely agree that there needs to be proper ongoing funding for sleep in carers
|Thank you to James Jones for inviting me to visit his farm in East Prawle.
Representing a rural area, farming remains high on my agenda.
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.
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