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Jeff Smith encourages constituents to run, jog, walk or volunteer at local parkruns

Manchester Withington MP Jeff Smith is encouraging constituents to run, jog, walk or volunteer at a parkrun on the weekend of the 1st and 2nd of October to help celebrate their 12th anniversary in the UK.

There are runs currently taking place in 440 Constituencies each weekend, with more events launching every week.  Parkrun UK supports local volunteers to establish and deliver free, weekly, timed runs for their communities, which are accessible to both runners and walkers of all ages and abilities. Saturday 5k events are open to everyone, and 2k junior parkrun on Sunday is for children aged from 4-14.

Since the first parkrun in London’s Bushy Park in 2004, more than one million people in the UK have taken part. Each weekend sees around 90,000 runners and walkers participating in the free 5k and 2k events, thanks to the contribution of 10,000 volunteers.

Commenting at the anniversary event, Jeff said: “Parkruns are one of the most accessible activities you will find. They are completely free, open to anyone and perfect for families because they can participate together. There is a very successful regular run at Platt Fields Park in Fallowfield.

Parkruns are as much about bringing the local community together each week as it is running.  I’m encouraging all constituents to give it a try!”

Chief Operating Officer for parkrun UK Tom Williams said:

“Our aim is to break down the barriers to regular physical activity and volunteering, both for organisers and participants. We are proud to support local volunteers in more than 500 locations around the UK who provide parkrun to their communities every weekend.

“We know that many MPs are already regular participants at their local parkruns, and we’ve been delighted to hear from so many others who will be going along on the first weekend in October to see first-hand the amazing contribution that parkrun volunteers are making in their constituencies.”

To find out more about parkrun, visit their website at parkrun.org.uk

Jeff Smith encourages constituents to run, jog, walk or volunteer at local parkruns

Jeff Smith encourages constituents to run, jog, walk or volunteer at local parkruns Manchester Withington MP Jeff Smith is encouraging constituents to run, jog, walk or volunteer at a parkrun...

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Manchester Withington MP Jeff Smith backs ‘Maggie’s Culture Crawl’, a sponsored walk taking place tomorrow to raise money for Maggie’s, a charity which provides support for people affected by cancer and their families.

The 10km walk, beginning at the Maggie’s Centre on the grounds of the Christie Hospital, takes a tour around some of Manchester’s most famous and unusual art and architecture.   Stops along the way include an out-of-hours exhibition at the Whitworth Art Gallery, a recital at the Royal Northern College of Music, and an exclusive tour of the London Road Fire Station.

Jeff said: ‘It’s fantastic that we have a purpose-built centre to offer emotional, social and practical support for those affected by cancer.

This walk is a great way to bring people together for a night of Manchester’s finest culture, while raising money for an excellent cause.’

Registration for the walk costs £25, just turn up to the start line at Maggie’s Manchester, 15 Kinnaird Road, Withington, M20 4QL from 5:30pm tomorrow. More details about the walk can be found here.

 

Maggie’s Centre to put on sponsored walk around Manchester’s iconic cultural locations

Manchester Withington MP Jeff Smith backs ‘Maggie’s Culture Crawl’, a sponsored walk taking place tomorrow to raise money for Maggie’s, a charity which provides support for people affected by cancer...

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I'm holding a series of informal coffee mornings across the constituency, starting with one in Chorlton Park Ward in support of Macmillan cancer support.

After completing my first year in Parliament you may be interested to hear about the issues I have been working on, both in Parliament and locally on behalf of the people of Manchester Withington.  More importantly I want to listen to your views and concerns.

The details for the first ‘Meet Your MP’ Coffee Morning are:

Time: 10:30am – 12.noon

Date: Friday 30th September

Venue: Barlow Moor Community Centre, 23 Merseybank Road, Manchester, M21 7NT

I hope you are able to attend but if you aren’t, don’t hesitate to get in touch with my office on 0161 445 0678 or email at jeff.smith.mp@parliament.uk.

The dates for future coffee mornings are:

Didsbury East Ward – Saturday 22nd October - 10.30am – 12.00noon

Burnage Ward – Saturday 29th October – 10.30am – 12.00noon

Withington Ward – Saturday 5th November - 10.30am – 12.00noon

Old Moat Ward – Saturday 26th November – 10.30am – 12.00noon

Didsbury West Ward – Saturday 3rd December – 10.30am – 12.00noon

Chorlton Ward – 7th January – 10.30am – 12.00noon

Venues for these events will be finalised closer to the time.

Invitation to ‘Meet Your MP’ Coffee Mornings

I'm holding a series of informal coffee mornings across the constituency, starting with one in Chorlton Park Ward in support of Macmillan cancer support. After completing my first year in...

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Manchester Withington MP Jeff Smith is supporting Reach Out to the Community, an initiative set up to offer help to people struggling with the most basic of needs: food and shelter. 

Reach Out to the Community (ROC) was set up earlier this year to focus on rough sleepers in and around Chorlton, and local individuals or families living in food poverty.  They focus particularly on vulnerable groups such as the elderly, and providing clothing, food parcels, and practical advice to the homeless.

Commenting on the project, Jeff said: ‘I’m pleased to support this great initiative to help some of the most vulnerable in our society. Whether it’s tracksuit bottoms that no longer fit or spare sleeping bags and tinned food, donations are welcome to help ROC reach more people in our community.’

Reach Out to the Community requires two types of donations to facilitate its work; provisions for care packages, and books to generate funds through sales.  The full list of items they require can be found here and the delivery address for drop-offs is:

Elliott's Fruit and Veg

8 Chorlton Place 

Wilbraham Rd 

Chorlton 

M21 9AQ 

You can also support Reach Out to the Community online by following them on Twitter or Facebook.

 

New project to offer support to vulnerable people in Chorlton

Manchester Withington MP Jeff Smith is supporting Reach Out to the Community, an initiative set up to offer help to people struggling with the most basic of needs: food and...

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Jeff Smith, MP for Manchester Withington, has shown support for women affected by breast cancer by dressing up in pink and encouraging their constituents to take part in the UK’s biggest, brightest and pinkest fundraiser, wear it pink, on Friday 21 October.

Wear it pink is back for its 15th year, calling on supporters across the country to add a flash of pink to their wardrobe for the day and raise money for Breast Cancer Now’s life-saving breast cancer research.

Jeff joined fellow parliamentarians in wearing it pink in Westminster this week to encourage people across the UK to get involved and help Breast Cancer Now towards their ambition that, by 2050, everyone that develops the disease will live.

Wear it pink raises close to £2 million each year for world-class research into breast cancer, and this year it’s going to be pinker and more fun than ever before. Anyone can take part, whether at work, at home or at school. All you have to do is wear something pink and donate what you can.

Jeff said: “50,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year in the UK, and sadly around 11,500 women and 80 men will lose their lives to the disease. Together, we must put a stop to this. 

“Through cutting-edge research, Breast Cancer Now are tackling the disease from all angles to ensure that, by 2050, everyone that develops the disease will live. But we all need to join forces and act now, and in wear it pink there is a fun and simple way for everyone to get involved.

“I hope everyone in the local community will join me by wearing it pink on Friday 21 October and show their support for Breast Cancer Now.”

Baroness Delyth Morgan, Chief Executive at Breast Cancer Now said: “It’s wonderful to see so much parliamentary support for wear it pink.

“Far too many women are still losing their lives to this dreadful disease. On Friday 21st October, every cake baked, every feather boa or pink tie worn and every laugh shared will help us create a future where no one dies from breast cancer.

“We will all be standing together, with colleagues and friends, to stop breast cancer taking the lives of the people we love – and we very much hope you’ll join us.”

Sign up to wear it pink on Friday 21 October to support Breast Cancer Now’s life-saving research. For more information or to register, visit www.wearitpink.org

Jeff stands out in pink for families affected by breast cancer

Jeff Smith, MP for Manchester Withington, has shown support for women affected by breast cancer by dressing up in pink and encouraging their constituents to take part in the UK’s...

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Manchester Withington MP Jeff Smith has backed the new ‘105’ service for reporting power cuts which launches today.

The new service will provide a direct line to the local electricity network operator - the company that manages the cables, wires and substations that bring electricity into homes and businesses in the area.

The service is completely free and available to everyone regardless of the electricity supplier.  It can also be used by people wishing to report damage to electricity power lines or substations that could put people in danger.

Jeff said: ‘It’s great that there is now a free, dedicated telephone service for reporting power cuts, making it easier for people to get help when they need it.

Make sure to save the number in case a power cut hits your area and don’t be left in the dark’.

You can find out more about the new service on their website www.powercut105.com

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Manchester Withington MP Jeff Smith is supporting a new scheme run by Southway Housing Trust to encourage communities to share their skills.

The ‘Community Timebank’ scheme is a network of over 350 South Manchester residents and organisations that come together to pool their resources.

Members of the network offer to help others by donating hours of their time.  These members can then spend those hours on new skills, or donate their hours to somebody else.   So far, members of the Community Timebank have shared over 4,000 hours, with an estimated social value of £331,338.

Jeff said: ‘Everyone has a skill to share and the Community Timebank is a great way to bring people together.

Whether it’s cooking, decorating or learning a new language, I’m encouraging all constituents to go to an information day and start exchanging skills.’

Over the next month, the Southway Housing Trust is running a series of events to encourage new members and publicise the program.  The details are below:

Thursday 15th September – 3-5pm at Buckthorn House, Arrowfield Estate, M21 7UG

Thursday 27th October – 3-5pm at Westcroft Community Centre, 24-26 Westcroft Road, M20 6EF.

Jeff encourages residents to swap skills through new Community Timebank

Manchester Withington MP Jeff Smith is supporting a new scheme run by Southway Housing Trust to encourage communities to share their skills. The ‘Community Timebank’ scheme is a network of...

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Manchester Withington MP Jeff Smith is backing a new scheme from the Royal Bank of Scotland aimed at supporting disadvantaged communities.

RBS have allocated £2.5 million to fund projects in charities, social enterprises, community groups, and state-funded schools and colleges across the UK and Ireland.  All non-profit organisations can apply for up to £35,000, providing that they meet the criteria specified on the RBS website.  

Each region has specific priorities, with the funding in the North going to organisations focused on helping people investigate self-employment and start their own businesses, and improving the financial education of disadvantaged people.

Commenting on the scheme, Jeff said: ‘This money could make a real difference to those schools and charities working with disadvantaged communities in Manchester.

I’m encouraging all non-profit organisations in Manchester to take a look at the criteria, and get applying.’

Details about how to apply can be found here, and the deadline for applications is 9 September 2016.

Funding available for organisations working with disadvantaged communities in Manchester

Manchester Withington MP Jeff Smith is backing a new scheme from the Royal Bank of Scotland aimed at supporting disadvantaged communities. RBS have allocated £2.5 million to fund projects in...

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Manchester Withington MP Jeff Smith recently joined the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety to sign a pledge to improve road safety in the UK.

In 2015, 1,732 people were killed and a further 22,137 were reported to be seriously injured on the roads in Great Britain. The PACTS & Direct Line pledge provides an opportunity for MPs to spread the message that this is far too many and learn about steps they can take to reduce road casualties.

David Davies, Executive Director at PACTS, said: ‘We’re delighted that Jeff Smith is doing his bit to spread what is a vital message.

PACTS’ role is to support Parliamentarians with advice to promote road safety. The Dashboard provides unique information for every MP about road safety in their constituency.’

Jeff said: ‘There is still so much that we can do to make our roads safer. Although progress is being made in my constituency, 172 residents were injured in road accidents in 2014.

That is 172 too many, this pledge spreads an important message that our long-term aims should be to reduce road casualties to zero.

Here in Manchester, we’re undertaking a consultation into lowering the speed limit on Princess Road, I’d encourage all constituents to take part and help to make our roads safer.’

The PACTS / Direct Line Constituency Road Safety Dashboard provides unique information about all 632 parliamentary constituencies in Great Britain. It is updated each year and can be found here.

Manchester City Council’s consultation into the speed limit on Princess Road can be found here.

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Manchester Withington MP Jeff Smith recently joined the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety to sign a pledge to improve road safety in the UK. In 2015, 1,732 people were...

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Manchester Withington MP Jeff Smith joined Civic Voice to show his support for the campaign to conserve and protect the UK’s First World War Memorials.

Civic Voice are calling for volunteers around the country to visit their local memorial and record its condition.   They provide a War Memorial Condition Survey Toolkit to help those interested, which includes a feedback form that can be submitted to their central records.

The aim of the campaign is to reach as many memorials as possible, and to engage local people in marking the First World War Centenary. 

 

 

Commenting on the campaign, Jeff said: ‘100 years on, First World War memorials are one of the most important ways we can remember the sacrifices made by Manchester residents.

Civic Voice’s campaign to preserve war memorials is a fantastic way to engage local people with the history of their area, while also commemorating the events of a century ago.

I’m encouraging all residents to find out where their nearest memorial is and help Civic Voice to improve as many as possible.’

All the details about Civic Voice’s campaign, and how to get involved, can be found on their website.

 

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