Important meeting today with Barnsley CCG.We discussed preparations for winter, and the impact of COVID-19 on local healthcare services and staff.It is going to be a difficult few months, and I passed on my thanks to the CCG and NHS staff for all they are doing to keep us safe.
I visited FareShare Yorkshire in Wombwell.I spoke to CEO Gareth and thanked them for their work to support local residents and tackle holiday hunger during this pandemic - they have seen a huge increase in demand this year.Read more about how you can support them: https://fareshare.org.uk/fareshare-centres/yorkshire/
Join in UK Parliament Week, an annual event engaging people from across the UK with their UK Parliament and empowering them to get involved.Schools and community organisations can all take part.Sign up for your free kit at ukparliamentweek.org
This week I supported Breast Cancer Now and its efforts to beat breast cancer and support patients.Charities have been hit hard by COVID-19.Nurses, scientists, and families affected by breast cancer urgently need our support.Now more than ever.https://www.wearitpink.org/
As we enter October half term, I want to thank teachers and staff across Barnsley who have worked so hard to ensure a safe return to school.I have been in regular contact with local schools to offer support, and I will continue to support schools, parents and students in any way I can.
There are 7783 children on free school meals here in Barnsley.This week, I voted for free school meals to be extended during school holidays so they don't go hungry during these difficult times.But, the Tories voted against Labour's plan.It's a disgrace.I am proud our Labour Council in Barnsley has stepped up where the Government failed, and will provide meal vouchers for eligible families.
Pleased to open Barnsley College's Digital Training Day this morning - thanked staff for their work to support students at what has been a tough time with many challenges.It’s good the College is supporting staff to develop digital skills when they have become even more important.
It's Breast Cancer Awareness Month.The earlier cancer is diagnosed, the better the chance of beating it.It's important to check your breasts regularly and see your GP if you notice a change.GPs are still seeing patients.Please don't put off making an appointment if you're worried.https://breastcancernow.org/information-support/have-i-got-breast-cancer
I attended an All-Party Group for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities meeting to hear more about the impact of COVID-19 on children and young people with SEND. I will keep campaigning to ensure all children and young people get the support they need during this crisis.No child should be left behind.The Government must do more.
I've been proud to support Show Racism the Red Card.Anti-racism education should be available to all young people and adults in the UK.If you want to get involved this Show Racism the Red Card Day, click this link: https://www.youtube.com/embed/7D4NFZK7zjs