More help needed to boost Apprenticeships!
Mary Glindon has today called on the Tory-led Government to do more to increase apprenticeship opportunities for young people.
The latest unemployment statistics show that across the country more than 900,000 young people aged between 16 and 24 are now out of work.
Mary said “with over 900,000 young people out of work, the Government needs to do more to help firms create the apprenticeship opportunities young people desperately need. A One Nation Labour Government will put this right. Building on the work of our independent Skills Taskforce we will create a new universal standard for apprenticeships so that they are qualifications that employers and young people can trust. And we’ve also called on the Government to use the money which it already spends on public procurement to create thousands of new apprenticeship opportunities.”
Mary becomes a Dementia Friend
Mary has taken a key step towards helping end the stigma surrounding dementia today (Tuesday 14 January 2014) by becoming a Dementia Friend. Mary, joined a group of MPs and Peers from across the country for a Dementia Friends session in Parliament.
Dementia Friends was launched in February 2013 by Alzheimer’s Society. It is a trailblazing initiative that aims to help people understand what it might be like to live with dementia and turn that understanding into action. Alzheimer’s Society is aiming to have one million Dementia Friends by 2015, to help make England more dementia-friendly and improve the lives of the 650,000 people currently living with the condition in the country
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Mary backs Go ON UK "I Made a Difference Awards"
Mary joins Lauren Laverne, Steph McGovern, Chi Onwurah MP and Baroness Lane-Fox in the search for the North East’s greatest digital champions
- xxx MP backs Go ON UK’s North East I Made a Difference Awards – created to recognise and celebrate the achievements of individuals, businesses and charities who are helping boost levels of Basic Online Skills in the North East region
- Winning projects in xxx could win iPads, connectivity deals, and laptops
- The “I Made a Difference Awards” are open for nominations, with ten different sponsored categories. You can Share Your Story now. Voting closes Friday February 28th, at 6pm.
Mary is calling for local groups to enter the North East I Made a Difference Awards – designed to recognise and celebrate the achievements of individuals and organisations in the North East who are helping boost levels of Basic Online Skills.
In the UK one in five adults (21%) currently fall below the Basic Online Skills threshold and 7 million of those remain offline. In the North East, 24% of adults are missing out on the social and economic benefits the web has to offer.
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Mary wraps up to back Cold Homes Week
Campaigners calling for more help for those struggling to keep warm this winter delivered a hand-knitted scarf to Mary Glindon MP in Parliament yesterday to thank her for her support. The scarf was one of hundreds knitted by supporters of the Energy Bill Revolution campaign to mark “Cold Homes Week”– a series of events and activities focussing attention on the shocking state of many of the UK’s homes, and the terrible effect they have on the people left shivering inside them.
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I am very concerned by the rise in carbon monoxide incidents that are now being reported. Please be aware of these few points, which will help keep you safe from carbon monoxide poisioning.
1. Generators can produce high levels of carbon monoxide (CO) very quickly. NEVER use a generator or petrol engine in enclosed spaces. Remember carbon monoxide KILLS.
2. Homes left without heating due to floods raises carbon monoxide poisoning risk due to faulty oil, wood, coal & gas burning appliances.
3. Check for damage around your home due to the floods and/or high winds flues, chimney's and/or air bricks may become blocked & lead to a build up of carbon monoxide.
4. Carbon monoxide becomes a major problem when a chimney or flue become partially or wholly blocked.
5. NEVER block vents to prevent draughts or stay to close to a poorly ventilated oil, wood, coal and gas fires.
6. NEVER warm-up a car in a garage even with the garage door open. In less than two minutes fumes can build to "lethal" concentrations.
7. Please spare a little time and visit the elderly/those who have no family. Please ask about their health & any extra symptoms they may have.
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Mary fights heart disease by ramping up the red in pop-up Parliament shop
Mary supported the British Heart Foundation (BHF) on 5 Februarywhen the BHF revealed their first ever pop-up shop in the Palace of Westminster.
Mary met shop staff and volunteers to hear how BHF shops raise vital funds for life-saving research. During the visit, Mary added their voice to the call for people to Ramp up the Red this February.
On the 7 February, the BHF are urging the public to Ramp up the Red by wearing something red, hosting a red-themed party, or baking some red-coloured treats. After their trip to the pop-up shop, Mary has been inspired to join in too.
Mary said: “I am delighted to help raise awareness of heart disease by taking part in Ramp up the Red. I hope the public join me on the 7th February and help to beat a devastating disease which can affect anyone, from babies to grandparents.
“By popping up in Parliament, the BHF has reminded us of the vital role their shops play in raising funds for life-saving research.”
Coronary heart disease is the UK’s single biggest killer, responsible for almost 74,000 deaths in the UK each year, an average of 200 people each day. There are currently 2.3 million people in the UK living with coronary heart disease.
Mike Taylor, Retail Director at the BHF, said “We wanted to show MPs just how important our shops are – without our shop staff, including 23,000 volunteers across the UK, we simply couldn’t continue our life-saving work.
“It is fantastic to see Mary Glindon showing their support and ramping up the red. All the money raised on 7 February will help us truly fight for every heartbeat.”
For more information about Ramp up the Red or to donate please visit bhf.org.uk/red
Mary attended the RSA Fit to Drive reception in Parliament.
In 2011, there were 435 road traffic accidents in North Tyneside
In 2011, 1,340 people were registered as blind or partially sighted in North Tyneside
The number of road crashes in the UK due to poor vision in 2012 was estimated to be over 2,000, resulting in around 3,000 casualties.
Since 2010 the Coalition Government has made significant changes in the way public health services, including eye health services, are commissioned, funded and delivered in England. It has introduced a number of new policy levers including a Public Health Outcomes Framework indicator for preventable sight loss and a National Ophthalmology Audit.
In 2011, 298,820 people in England1 were registered as blind or partially sighted with the NHS. Without action, the number of people expected to be affected by sight loss in the UK will rise to over 2,250,000 by 2020.
The Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) 2013 Sight Loss UK report2 estimates NHS expenditure on vision problems to be £2,255 million in England, a figure that is set to rise.
I recently visited the Royal Mail’s Forest Hall Delivery Office to pass on my good wishes to the staff at their busiest time of year. The postmen and women work really hard throughout the year, but in the run-up to Christmas their job is particularly demanding. We can all help make their job a little easier by making our Postie aware of a ‘secure’ place to leave a parcel if no-one will be at home to take delivery of an expected parcel. Also please use postcodes and post early. The last posting dates for Christmas are 18th December for 2nd class and 20th December for 1st class
Are you thinking about setting up a small retail business? Or maybe you are thinking about re-locating your existing premises? Have you thought about Wallsend Town Centre? With its new, vibrant, Forum Shopping Centre, which is undergoing major redevelopment, it might just be what you’ve been looking for.
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