As Parliament has been in recess due to conference season, it’s been a busy week in the constituency. I love being home in Sheffield and it has been fantastic to host and participate in so many events this week.
Saturday evening I hosted the Sheffield Says No to Fracking event, with speakers from Frack Free South Yorkshire, Friends of the Earth, Sheffield Climate Alliance and Sheffield Against Fracking. The event was a great opportunity to hear about the dangers of fracking and how we can take the campaign forward locally.
What’s most frightening is that the issues that have been so prevalent in the US, from earth tremors to pollution of the water table, simply haven’t been addressed.
On Monday, I went along to Sheffield College, talking to students about the importance of voter registration – with many students signing up to vote right there and then. It was also great to meet members of the Youth Parliament this week and talk to them about the importance of young people getting involved in politics and how it impacts them.
I attended the Memory Lane Café at the White Willows Extra Care Scheme in Jordanthorpe. It was fantastic to see such a great facility for people with dementia. I also hosted a public Dementia Friends training session with the Alzheimer’s Society at the Stradbroke Community Centre; the training focuses on simple messages about dementia to improve knowledge and attitudes towards people with dementia. Find out more about becoming a Dementia Friend here: https://www.dementiafriends.org.uk/
Also throughout the week I met with some amazing Young carers, local voluntary services, a group of teachers from across the region, South Yorkshire Transport Executive to discuss bus cuts and local adoptive parents to talk about Post Adoption Support.
I held several coffee mornings at the Terminus Café, Lowedges, at Heeley City Farm and up at Gleadless Valley. I do this sort of event regularly so keep a look out for future events like this.
And on Sunday I appeared on the Sunday Politics to talk about devolution, police funding cuts and military intervention in Syria.
This week I’m back in Parliament and I will keep you up to date with my work down there