Tuesday, 15 June 2021

Book your vaccination now!

The vaccine is our way out of this pandemic and restrictions. Vaccines reduce the likelihood of serious illness from coronavirus, as well as reducing transmission of the virus between people.

That's why it is great news that, from today, 23 and 24-year-olds can book their Covid-19 vaccine. If you are 23 or over, or will turn 23 before 1st July 2021, you can now go to the NHS website to book your appointment- https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/ 

Meanwhile, over 40s are being encouraged to receive their second vaccine dose earlier than originally planned. Rather than the original 12 week interval between doses, over 40s can now change their second dose appointment so that it comes 8 weeks after the first. This is to make sure that those aged over 40 have maximum protection against the virus sooner.

To bring forward your second dose, visit the NHS website and go to 'Manage my appointments'- https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/ 

Evidence shows that it is so important to get your second dose to ensure that you have longer term protection from the coronavirus. If you haven't booked your appointments yet, please do it today!



Wednesday, 9 June 2021

Carers Week 2021

7th-13th June is Carers Week, a time to thank unpaid carers for the incredible work they do in their families and communities, as well as to highlight the challenges facing unpaid carers, particularly throughout the past year.

A tenth of adults in the UK provide unpaid care for a friend or family member, and some of these people may not think of themselves as carers. However it is really important that carers are able to access the right support to help them carry out their roles, and one of the aims of Carers Week is to make sure that carers know where they can access this support. 

The following links contain useful information for unpaid carers:

https://www.carersweek.org/about-carers-week/information-for-carers/ 

https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/Care/Support/Care-support-for-adults.aspx#carers

In Northumberland, Carers Northumberland is there to support carers, including by providing a support network with other carers in order to tackle isolation and loneliness:

https://carersnorthumberland.org.uk

Carers make such a valuable contribution to the lives of their family members, friends and neighbours, spending a significant proportion of their time providing support to those who need it the most. Thank you to all carers for the dedication and valuable service they provide to their families and communities.



Monday, 7 June 2021

Conserving the planet's rare habitats and species

World Environment Day, which took place on Saturday, encourages us all to take action to protect our planet before it is too late.

To coincide with World Environment Day, the Government has announced a range of measures designed to tackle the biodiversity crisis worldwide and protect rare and vulnerable habitats across the planet.

Over £8 million is set to be invested in projects in the UK Overseas Territories over the next three years to conserve significant habitats that are threatened by climate change. The Darwin Plus scheme will see 31 projects receive funding to protect habitats and species, including coral reefs in the Indian Ocean to help small-scale fishers sustainably manage the habitats, and marine turtles in the Ascension Islands.

As president of the G7 and COP26, it is right that the government is leading the way in the fight against climate change. It is vital that we act now to conserve ecosystems and species, and this funding, along with the £220 million already announced for biodiversity conservation in developing nations and the doubling of UK international climate finance announced in 2019, is hugely significant.

https://dplus.darwininitiative.org.uk



Friday, 4 June 2021

Happy National Fish and Chip Day!

Happy National Fish and Chip Day!

Today is the sixth annual National Fish and Chip Day, celebrating Britain's favourite dish and the people, from fishers to shop owners, who work hard to get it on our plate.

The Hexham constituency is home to so many brilliant fish and chip shops, and with more glorious weather forecast to be on the way, this weekend is the perfect time to support your local chippy. 

Where is your favourite place to get fish and chips in our local area?



Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Happy Pride Month

Today marks the beginning of Pride Month, an event which celebrates LGBTQ+ people and their contributions to our society. It is also an important time when we can reflect on the remarkable achievements of campaigners, which have made the UK one of the most tolerant and diverse countries in the world.

This year, Pride Month undoubtedly looks a little different, with marches and celebrations postponed until laster in the year. But with the recent announcement that Hexham has been awarded £80,000 by Historic England to improve cultural activities on Hexham High Street, including Hexham Pride, it will not be long before we can once again celebrate the valuable contribution of LGBTQ+ people to our local communities in person.

I was proud to vote to legalise same-sex marriage in 2013, as well as to vote in favour of same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland two years ago. Everyone should have the freedom to live and love without fear. There is more to do to stamp out prejudice in our society, but we have come a long way over the last decade. 

Happy Pride Month!