Christian Aid says the Liberal Democrat manifesto offers a vision of a fair and sustainable future for all, including the world’s poorest people. Christian Aid welcomes the Liberal Democrats’ ambitious proposals which would see this country continuing to lead the world on the most vital matters over the next five years. The party’s policies for promoting Britain’s low-carbon economy and dealing with global environmental problems amount to a coherent package which would be a strong opening gambit in any negotiations with other parties. We are also really pleased to see the party’s recognition that helping people living in poverty requires commitment across many national government departments – it cannot be left to just one.
Annual grants of up to £3,000 are on offer for use by voluntary, community and faith sector organisations from April 2015. Funding can be provided for equipment, project and running costs and in particular to support vulnerable groups.
Successful organisations have previously received grant funding to promote independent living amongst older people and carers, support people with physical or mental health issues, provide foodbanks and welfare advice, prevent homelessness and social exclusion, and offer access to healthy activity and food, family support, environmental improvement, ethical saving, plus counselling and mediation.
All applications must be received by midday Friday 30 January 2015. Applicants who are successful will be notified by April 2015. Click here for the borough’s site.
When comparing the quality of life in Elmbridge to that of England as a whole the people of Elmbridge do strikingly well. In the English benchmark for deprivation (number of people living in an area of the most deprived 20% of the country) Elmbridge scores nil – Kensington and Chelsea scores as poorly as 24% in deprivation as does Westminster.
Three quarters of Elmbridge people are in the top 20% of England and around 90% are in the top half for England. But averages can hide pockets of greatly disadvantaged people in corners of our borough.
You can look at all the health indicators here
In nearly all indicators Elmbridge is in the top quarter. There are only two indicators whereby Elmbridge is worse than the national average: excess winter deaths and skin cancer.
Could it be that Elmbridge burghers holiday in the sun too often without protecting themselves against the sun’s rays? For a more detailed summary of Elmbridge folk click on this: Elmbridge Health Profile 2014
Following his election as Mayor of Elmbridge at the annual meeting of the borough’s council on Wednesday, 4 June, Councillor Barry Fairbank has chosen to support Home-Start Elmbridge during his Mayoral Year.
Cllr Fairbank, erstwhile leader of the Liberal Democrats at the borough, represents Long Ditton but now lives in Weybridge.
Councillor Fairbank has been involved with Home-Start Elmbridge for several years and wanted to offer more support with his fundraising during his Mayoral year.
One of the aims of the fundraising for his mayoral year is to be able to train more volunteers to give their help and support to the many families, with a child under five, experiencing difficulties.
In an ideal world Home-Start Elmbridge wouldn’t be needed. But for many parents the pressures of family life are simply too much to cope with alone. There are so many reasons for this including; poverty, illness, family breakdowns and parental isolation. And this is where Home-Start steps in… by recruiting and training local parent volunteers to offer emotional and practical support to families in their own homes. Home-Start volunteers provide vital early intervention support, often stopping a family from reaching crisis point. Life is getting tougher for many families, and the demand for Home-Start support is at an all-time high.
I think that Cllr Fairbanks choice of charity is excellent and you can donate here on-line. Remember ever little helps. If you are an income taxpayer then you can even make the national government chip in too.