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Kevan Jones took part in a House of Commons debate on mental health last week. Kevan spoke about the importance of people talking about mental health to try to end the stigma that surrounds it. He also raised his concerns about the impact on Work Capability Assessments on people who suffer from mental health issues.
To read Kevan's speech in full, please click here:
Kevan Jones, Member of Parliament for North Durham, attended the launch of ‘First World War: then and now’- the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Centenary grants programme, on Wednesday 15 May.
At a reception in the House of Commons, HLF announced a £6 million programme of small grants to help local communities mark the centenary of the First World War in 2014. Grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 will be available, with £1 million being allocated each year until 2019, to groups seeking to explore their First World War heritage and deepen their understanding of the conflict.
Mr Jones met with young people from RAF families at the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund’s annual Parliamentary Reception in the House of Commons on Wednesday to hear about the realities of growing up in a military family. The young people, who all live on RAF stations, spoke about what it’s like having a parent in the armed forces.
They also delivered a new report which focuses on the positive impact the Airplay programme – the RAF Benevolent Fund’s youth support programme for children from RAF families – is having on the young people and their parents.
On Monday 29 April, Kevan joined staff at the Annfield Plain Post Office to officially reopen the branch, which has recently been mondernised under the Post Offices Network Transformation Programme.
On Saturday 27 April, Kevan, along with parliamentary colleagues Ian Mearns and Phil Wilson and many others, joined David Bell, County Secretary of the Northumbrian branch of the RBL, for the final stage of his 'Honour Walk.'
David has been walking the entire length of Hadrians Wall, in honour of those service personnel from the North East who have lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan, and is aiming to raise £10,000 for the Legion. Kevan joined him for the final twelve miles of his walk, from the Newburn Country Park to Wallsend.
Kevan said, "I was very pleased to be able to take part in the walk, which is for an excellent cause, and to support David on the final leg of his challenge."
Yesterday, Kevan Jones met with MPs from the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) in his capacity as a Commonwealth War Graves Commissioner. They met to discuss the work of the CWGC in their constituencies in Northern Ireland.
On Monday 8 April, Kevan visited the food bank, Food4U, in Stanley. Anyone who would like to know more can call 01207570751.
On Saturday 6 April, Kevan showed his support for students from the Hermitage Academy in Chester-le-Street, who were raising funds for their Wolrd Challenge expedition at the Parish Centre in Chester-le-Street.
On Wednesday 3 April, Kevan hosted a public meeting on NHS reforms, with representatives from the Co. Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, and the North Durham Clinical Commissioning Group.
Kevan said, "It was a very constructive meeting with a good attendance. I am pleased that local people have had another opportunity to find out more about the changes, and to put questions to those leading on the reforms."
Below he is pictured with Trust Chief Executive, Sue Jacques:
On Tuesday 2 April, Kevan attended the Oxhill Residents Association meeting, along with local Police Officers and the Police Commissioner, Ron Hogg