As reported in the Barnsley Gazette and Barnsley News and Sport on 6th November, Stephanie welcomed members of the 46thBarnsley Brownies to parliament recently. Along with parents and staff, the local Member of Parliament hosted a group of 42, ensuring they were given a tour of the historic Westminster building. The Brownies met Stephanie before having a chance to ask her questions on her role as their representative in parliament. Said Stephanie: “It was such a pleasure welcoming Brownies from Barnsley to Westminster, and giving them the opportunity to experience parliament. “I’m confident they were the biggest group who’ve visited me yet, but they were an absolute delight to meet and a real credit to our community and the 46th Brownie organisation.”
As reported in the Barnsley Gazette on November 2nd, recently attended a meeting at Barnsley Hospital with Stephen Wragg and Richard Jenkins, the Chair and CEO of the Hospital Foundation Trust.During the meeting, attendees discussed a range of issues facing the Hospital, including preparations for the winter.Commenting, Stephanie said:“I was pleased to attend this productive meeting at Barnsley Hospital.“I want to commend the Trust’s leaders and all the staff for their efforts to ensure that the NHS continues to provide high quality services here in Barnsley.“I’ll continue to support our hard working NHS staff and press the Government to provide our health service with the funding it so desperately needs.”
As reported in the Barnsley Chronicle on 2nd November, Stephanie recently visited Brierley Church of England Primary School.During her visit, Stephanie was given a tour of the school by the headteacher, Samantha Benson, and met staff and students.Commenting, Stephanie said: “I really enjoyed visiting Brierley Church of England Primary School, and meeting the staff and students.“It was good to speak to Ms Benson about her plans for the future, and meet the brilliant students at the school.“As I always am when I visit our local schools here in Barnsley, I was struck by the fantastic work our teachers are doing, and how bright and engaged the students are.”
Chronicle on 2nd November, Stephanie helped unveil a First World War commemoration display this week. The tree display was revealed by The Royal British Legion in the Alhambra Centre on Friday, where it will be filled with silk poppies in time for the centenary of the November 11th Armistice. Commenting, Stephanie said: "I am pleased to be able to come here and support this fantastic cause to commemorate those who gave their lives. "There are several events planned over the next couple of weeks, and I hope to see everyone get involved and donate towards building the tree of poppies." As reported in the Barnsley
As reported in the Barnsley Chronicle and Barnsley News and Sport on 31st October, Stephanie welcomed survivors of modern slavery to Parliament this week. As part of a round-table event addressing how to support survivors of modern slavery, the local MP hosted staff of Northern College and survivors from their ‘Free Thinking’ programme. Across the globe, around 40 million people are trapped in modern slavery, and it’s estimated there are tens of thousands of people afflicted by the practice, including 5,000 cases in 2017 alone. Modern slavery in the UK takes a number of forms, from forced and bonded labour, human trafficking, forced and child marriages, sexual exploitation, and forced criminal activity. In response, Barnsley’s Northern College have established a ‘Free Thinking’ programme, which offers those who have been freed from modern slavery a chance to reintegrate back into normal life. Following their first 14-week programme, the College have helped 14 survivors with lessons in English, Maths, IT and languages, a hand in developing functional skills that have prepared them for living and working, and rebuilding confidence after time in slavery. Barnsley East’s MP hosted local staff from the course and survivors of modern slavery who have benefited from it, as part of her parliamentary event on how to support those who have been affected by the practice. Attended by MPs from parties across the House of Commons, Ms Peacock’s meeting discussed how parliamentarians can work to support the work of initiatives like Northern College’s ‘Free Thinking’ course, and gave those affected a voice in the heart of Government. She said: “Modern slavery is an appalling practice in which people here in the UK and Barnsley are forced into a life not just without pay, but without freedom. “I’m proud of the efforts of Barnsley’s Northern College in addressing this issue, and providing an innovative blueprint for how to fully support survivors of modern slavery right across the country. “Welcoming members of staff of this local institution and survivors themselves to Parliament was a vital way of giving them a chance to discuss their experiences with parliamentarians of all parties, and have their voices heard here in Westminster.”
As featured in the Barnsley Chronicle on 26th October, Stephanie wrote her recent column on the upcoming budget to be unveiled by the Chancellor. On the back of cuts to public services across the economy, Stephanie said it's time the Government proved austerity is really over. You can read her full comments here.
As reported in the Barnsley Gazette, Stephanie recently visited the site of the Council's redevelopment work on Barnsley Market. She was given a tour of the facilities and saw how the redevelopment fits in with the Council's plans for the town centre. Commenting, Stephanie said: "It was a pleasure to visit the market site and see the redevelopment work the Council is carrying out. "It was great to see the progress being made and the new facilities coming together, and it's good to see the Council continuing to invest in our area."
As reported in the Barnsley Chronicle, Stephanie is backing the Socktober appeal. Part of a joint appeal between End Youth Homelessness and the Yorkshire Building Society, donations of socks, other clothing and toiletries can be made at the Barnsley Cheapside branch. Commenting, Stephanie said: "I'm backing the Socktober appeal for Yorkshire Building Society and End Youth Homelessness, where winter woollies can be donated for those in need. I encourage everyone in Barnsley who can to pop in to the branch and support it to do so."
As featured in the Barnsley Chronicle on 12th October, Stephanie wrote her recent column on the increasing costs of school uniforms. With some compulsory uniforms for schools in Barnsley costing over £120 for each children, Stephanie discussed the impact this can have on families and what should be done to help out. You can read her full comments here.
As reported in the Barnsley Chronicle on 12th October, Stephanie recently held a meeting at the Northern College regarding funding for education for survivors of modern slavery.The meeting, which involved the Department for Education and tutors from the Northern College, discussed the Northern College’s ‘Free Thinking’ Programme, which provides education and support to help survivors of modern slavery reintegrate into society.The meeting also focused on the broader issues around funding for survivors of modern slavery, who are often ineligible for public funds, a difficulty which has led to the Northern College largely funding its course from its own reserves, and possible ways to make progress so that survivors of slavery are able to access education. Following the meeting, Stephanie spoke in Parliament about the ‘Free Thinking’ course, discussing the words of the survivors themselves to demonstrate the importance and success of the course. Commenting, Stephanie said:“Survivors of modern slavery have already suffered work without pay and life without freedom, yet under current rules, many are cruelly denied access to education and a route back into society.“That’s why I felt it was so important to arrange this meeting.“Denying survivors of modern slavery an education is grossly unfair.“Empowered with skills and knowledge, they could reintegrate into society and make a great contribution – and we can address a terrible injustice.”