Saturday was World Mental Health Day so it was fitting that I spent a good part of the last week seeing some of the great work that is being done by mental health services locally.
I visited the Togetherness Choir held at Alvingham Road Community Hub – a fantastic way to support people with dementia and their families. You don’t need to be able to sing to enjoy it as I demonstrated!
Every Thursday 6-7pm run by volunteers and open to whoever turns up – I’d recommend as superb therapy for anyone.
The `Options Recovery College run out of Sandfield House is another initiative that can be accessed by anyone. They provide free courses on a range of things from getting a good night’s sleep to an introduction to mindfulness. All things that help maintain healthy minds!
I also had a really enjoyable visit to Great Oaks to meet staff and patients all of whom were enjoying an initiative called ‘perfect week’. Lucky them!!
It was good to receive my invitation to the Steel Summit to be held in Rotherham on Friday. Let’s hope it will make a positive difference.
I met with Community Union representatives this week who are understandably concerned about the future. When I joined the North Linconshire meeting of the Hull and Humber Chamber they were keen to emphasise their support for the steel industry which was excellent. I was heartened by the positive picture that they reported of how the local economy is moving.
I picked up similar positivity on visits to Apollo, Youth Engineering Scunthorpe and Pears Photography. One of the things that would benefit local businesses is an improvement to the A15 so it was good to co-host, with Martin Vickers MP, a meeting of all interested councils and LEPs to see what can be done to focus minds on a plan to make progress on this issue. We made a good start.
Still getting to grips with my Shadow Schools’ Minister role, it was helpful for me to get insights from the front line of education in my visits to Melior Academy and John Leggott College. The week ended with a very full monthly meeting of Scunthorpe Labour Party brimming with the energy and enthusiasm of new members!