After meeting with local food producers at the Kesgrave Market, it was a pleasure for Dan to talk to volunteers from the Kesgrave Good Neighbour Scheme about their fantastic work in the community. Having worked in his spare time for charities providing support to the homeless, and those suffering with mental health and drug abuse problems, Dan believes we have a duty to look after the most vulnerable in our local communities and knows that volunteers provide an invaluable service for those in need of support.
At a full meeting, Dan was left in no doubt that the big society is alive and well in Suffolk, as he heard more about the work of the scheme, which matches any resident of Kesgrave, who needs a little help, to a neighbour who can give it, free of charge. From simple tasks such as gardening, cooking, shopping or housecleaning, the scheme encourages local residents to spare some of their time helping more vulnerable members of the community, such as the frail elderly.
Representatives from other community groups such as Suffolk Acre, the Rural Coffee Caravan and the Kesgrave Safer Neighbourhood Team, were also present at the meeting.
Dan is proud of all the volunteers who devote so much of their time to helping others in Kesgrave and elsewhere in Suffolk. He would also like to thank Jane Cody, who helps to run the Good Neighbour Scheme, for her commitment to the community in Kesgrave and for introducing him to the volunteers.
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Written Answers — Department for International Development: Developing Countries: Health Services (21 Jan 2019)
Daniel Poulter: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on facilitating health professionals in England to travel to low and middle income countries to provide healthcare education and training; and if she will make a statement.
Written Answers — Department for International Development: Developing Countries: Mental Health Services (21 Jan 2019)
Daniel Poulter: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to improve mental health provision in low and middle income countries.