Much of my career before standing to be your MP was spent working in the local voluntary sector and I aim to ensure that social isolation is something that remains in the forefront of everyone’s minds. I have developed a number of initiatives that help vulnerable adults become more independent, giving them the opportunity to gain skills enabling them to secure long-term employment. Social responsibility is deeply important to me personally and is one of my priorities as your MP.
1. Encourage collaboration between local charitable initiatives so that we can support each other and strengthen our community
Charities perform a vital role in helping provide community services to those in need. I aim to ensure that charities are able to perform to the best of their abilities by matching charities up with funding opportunities, putting organisations in touch with each other and promoting a good working environment for local charity initiatives.
2. Stand up for Compassionate Conservatism in Parliament, backing initiatives designed to help the most vulnerable in our community.
In Parliament, I will continue standing up for social justice as a compassionate conservative. I support measures designed to tackle the root causes of disadvantage and poverty to increase social mobility. I want to help all those in the Constituency who are in the most need of help and support right across the age spectrum, whether it be by making visits to schools or visiting nursing and care homes.
- Derek holds numerous events to support local groups in the community which tackle health, social care and well-being. Earlier this year, Derek acknowledged the good work being done by the voluntary sector by holding “Big Thank You” events in the constituency. Recently “What’s On For Young People” events were held across the area.
- To facilitate the matching of different groups with each other for joined up thinking, Derek has dedicated a member of staff to continue looking into this issues and offer help to reduce the gaps that still exist.
- During the weekend of 22nd - 24th June 2018 people across the UK once again joined in celebration of the late Jo Cox's belief that we have far more in common than that which divides us.
- Derek is also encouraging every school along with charities, sports clubs, churches and workplaces to host an event for people to get together to share food and celebrate all that we hold in common. This is an opportunity to open up for coffee and cake, or even organise a street party, shared barbecue, or a picnic. This will be fun, raise spirits and bring our communities closer together.