Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, has today (27 February 2017) welcomed the announcement of multiple grants for communities in Redditch. The People's Health Trust has awarded money raised through The Health Lottery to three community projects in Redditch.
More than £23,000 will be awarded to Growing Batchley, which sees gardening volunteers brighten that area of town. Additionally, the group will be working with HMP Hewell to support offenders on day release.
Nearly £32,000 will be awarded to the Communicating Communities project. This scheme from Youth and Community Enterprise Limited will see the creation of a community cyber café in Smallwood. As well as a space for computer access, young people from the RYCE youth club will be providing valuable computer training to older people.
Finally, over £30,000 will be awarded to an upcycling project run by the IDC Sewing Cafe CIC. This project aims to engage vulnerable women from a number of Redditch wards with low-level mental health issues to make friends, grow in confidence and address their mental health through the upcycling of furniture and upholstery.
Karen said: "It's great to see so many projects making a real difference in the community. I'd like to thank the People's Health Trust, not only for the work they do up and down the country, but specifically for awarding these transformational grants in Redditch.
"I know they will make a real difference to those using these services. It's testament to Redditch's community spirit that these projects can help so many in Redditch and I hope many will be involved.
"While I'm currently ill and not attending any appointments, I look forward to visiting these projects when I am feeling better."
Statement on Westminster attack
Following the attack on police and members of the public in central London yesterday (Wednesday, 22 March 2017), Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County commented as follows:
"Yesterday was a very sad day for the people of our country, particularly in London, and my first thoughts are with those who were killed or injured and their families.
"Westminster is the seat of one of the oldest and most respected Governments in the world, and upholds values of free speech, liberty, human rights, and the rule of law – values shared by free people around the world. Amongst the bloodshed of yesterday, we must never waiver from our resolve to beat the terrorists.
"I, along with many MPs, actually knew PC Keith Palmer, the policeman who died, because he was often the first friendly face we would see when entering the Parliamentary estate. I often shared a morning joke with him. My deepest sympathies lie with his family and those of others killed or injured."
Karen was not in Parliament yesterday as she is currently still at home in Redditch recovering from her illness.
Get in touch with Karen's office if you'd like to meet with her. Due to high demand surgeries are by appointment only to make sure there is time to give every case the attention needed.
See her upcoming surgery dates here.