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On Wednesday 12th April I visited City of Sanctuary a charity that runs a wide range of projects supporting refugees and asylum seekers of all backgrounds.

I met with volunteers to discuss the vital work they do, the challenges refugees and asylum seekers face and what more should be done to support them in future. 

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I recently visited Environmental Studies, a local family run company that provides young people with skills, experience and practical knowledge in the land based sector and conservation.

Students carry out challenging and physical work like fencing, dry stone walling, tree felling and woodland management. They can get qualifications as well as develop their self-confidence and problem solving skills.

Environmental Studies is planning to expand their work, including with training in construction. Initiatives like this are vital to ensuring all young people get the skills and opportunities they need to thrive.

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I recently met with residents at Quadrant House – a complex of flats with extra support to help older people stay living independently. The residents told me they are very concerned that their support is being reduced due to staff cuts, that there are difficulties getting in and out due to problems with the gates, and that the building isn’t being properly maintained.

I am going to take this issue up with Riverside Housing as a matter of urgency, to find a proper solution and ensure the residents get the support they need and deserve.

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On Tuesday 11th April 2017 I was honoured to judge an Easter Bonnet competition organised by a befriending scheme for older people in Braunstone, which is run by the charity ‘b-inspired’ and the Braunstone Blues emergency services team.

B-inspired recruits local people to become volunteer befrienders for isolated or lonely older people, helping them get involved in social activities and trips out, to access local services or just spend time talking.

The older people I met told me about the huge difference the befrienders have made to their lives. I will continue to do everything I can to support the brilliant work done by b-inspired and the Braunstone Blues to help vulnerable residents in Braunstone.

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