Today I met with Leicester City of Sanctuary in Parliament to hear how the charity supports refugees who have been displaced from their homes.
I met with Colleen Molloy, a volunteer at Leicester City of Sanctuary and Amjad Allowe, who is a refugee from Libya and a qualified doctor. Amjad is struggling to access the English language qualification IELTS so that he can re-sit his medical exams and practice as a doctor in the UK.
Refugees who have fled their homes have experienced some terrible things and we must try to help develop, integrate and welcome refugees to the UK. I will be writing to Robert Goodwill MP, Minister of State for Immigration, to ask that more is done to support refugees who have professional qualifications gaining access to English language qualifications.
On Friday 14th October, I visited Coping with Cancer to see the support it provides to people who are affected by cancer in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
Coping with Cancer is a fantastic organisation that works with families at a really difficult time and helps them cope with the impact of a cancer diagnosis. I applaud the work of the team who make a real difference and will do everything I can to support them.
I visited The Centre for Fun and Families earlier today to hear about the great work they do to help families, children and teenagers cope with a range of problems including mental health. The charity provides training for professionals and specialist group work programmes for children and their parents.