I believe it’s important for all City Councillors to be role models for the children of this fine city and feel it’s important to work with the closest Secondary school to my ward. In my conversations with the children of Queen Katherine Academy, mental health was top of the agenda. Having previously visited Ken Stimpson Community School to learn about their successful mental health programme for children, I aim to encourage Queen Katherine Academy to roll out a similar programme, and I’m exploring the possibility of arranging a meeting with the cabinet member for education to look at rolling this out to all secondary schools in Peterborough. In future, there is also the potential for adapting the same programme to suit primary age students and encouraging its adoption across the Peterborough area.
This week I had the pleasure of visiting the Alpha Centre’s coffee morning. Churches are a valuable community asset, not just as places of worship but as local hubs where the community can connect, whether it’s to get out of the house for a chat, or parents of young children to interact with other young mothers. I invited Paul Bristow, the Conservative Parliamentary candidate for Peterborough, to join me, meet Church users and see first hand the value of this community asset, as well as speak to the pastor about his vision for the venue in the future.
Tuesday Lunch Club
I am so very proud to represent the Bretton ward, and continue to work towards tackling a wide variety of issues and concerns. I want to give a special mention the North Bretton Friendship Group and their Tuesday Lunch Club. While this is an opportunity to get together for lunch and have nice chat, it’s also so much more than that. The club gives participants an opportunity to make new friends in their community, and develop an active and supportive social circle. The group does also get out and about to other venues for day trips, and is now large enough that they get to regularly celebrate birthdays for fellow members!
I really do enjoy getting out into the community and talking to people, so when I got elected I decided that instead of doing the traditional walk-in surgery I would go to a different area every weekend to see first-hand the challenges local residents are facing. I’m also mindful that people often say that they only see their Councillors in the run up to elections, so that’s another good reason for choosing to conduct a Roaming Surgery. On my travels I’ve found that, like most parts of Peterborough, the biggest infrastructure problem is the lack of parking in our residential areas. Some of this can be sorted out with a little bit of imagination and simple solutions. However, I do appreciate that sometimes the challenge is harder to overcome because of existing infrastructure.
I’m looking forward to meeting more local residents on my roaming surgeries in the coming months.