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On 29 July, Kevan visited West House nursing home in Chester-le-Street, where he met with 16 and 17 year olds who have been taking part in the National Citizen Service Programme. The four week programme allows the young people to learn new skills, as well as to do good work to the benefit of their local community.
On Tuesday 29 July, Kevan attended the launch of 'From teapots to the trenches,' a pop-up exhibition by CSV/ RSVP North East at Chester-Le-Street Library.
Below, Kevan is pictured with local historian Dorothy Rand.
On 28 July Kevan met with Colin Shevills, Director of Balance, and Anna Lynch, Co. Durham's Director of Public Health, to discuss their work on reducing alcohol harm.
You can find out more about the work Balance do in the region at http://www.balancenortheast.co.uk/home/
On Saturday 26 July, Kevan called in at the Party in the Park at Sacriston.
Kevan said, "I was pleased to see so many people enjoying the day, and would like to offer my congratulations to the organisers for putting on such a successful event."
Below, Kevan is pictured with Sacriston County Councillor, Heather Liddle.
On 22 July, Kevan visited Burton on Trent for a cross-party event to discuss Mental Health. The event started with an informal interview with Kevan, conducted by local mental service users and campaigners, before an open discussion on the subject. Following the discussion, Kevan joined the Mayor of Burton on a visit to the Burton branch of Mind.
Kevan Jones, Member of Parliament for North Durham, is encouraging people to vote for a photograph of Hadrian’s Wall at Housesteads as their favourite image of Great Britain.
The image has been selected to represent the North East in a £1 million competition launched by Heathrow Airport and Visit Britain. Following a two-week public vote, which will close on 4 August, the region whose image has attracted the most votes will receive £1 million in free advertising at four sites around Heathrow Airport from August to November.
Kevan said, “I am pleased to support the campaign to get the photo of Hadrian’s Wall voted as the public’s favourite image. Not only is this a fine example of the stunning scenery of the North East, the prize on offer provides a real opportunity to promote what the region has to offer to the widest possible audience.”
To find out more, visit https://www.facebook.com/HeathrowAirport and to cast a vote, simply ‘like’ your favourite image.
Kevan Jones, Member of Parliament for North Durham, has voted for If U Care Share in this year’s National Lottery Awards.
If U Care Share, who are based at Great Lumley, Chester-le-Street, helps those who are affected by, or could potentially be victim to, suicide through prevention, intervention and a range of support services.
The organisation has now been shortlisted for the National Lottery Awards and are up against organisations and projects from across the country in a UK-wide vote to decide the overall winners.
On 16 July, Kevan attended a Parliamentary Reception organised by Hitachi Rail Europe to mark the economic impact of the Intercity Express Programme and to discuss their investment in County Durham.
This week, I’ve lent my support to Alzheimer's Society’s new Right to Know campaign, and I’m asking others in North Durham to do the same.
Can you imagine feeling ill but being told your new symptoms and behaviour were just a natural part of ageing? Can you imagine having a disease but no treatment, information, or support to help you manage it?
For many people with dementia living in North Durham, this is the reality. Denied a diagnosis, denied treatment, and denied the chance to plan for the future while still able to do so. It simply doesn’t happen with other conditions. Why should dementia be different?
Kevan has today (10 July) written to Persimmon Homes regarding his concerns about their consultation on their plans to build new homes in Urpeth Grange.
In his letter, Kevan criticises the fact that Persimmon did not inform any local representatives- the local County Councillors, the Parish Council, or him personally- of their plans.