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Michael Tomlinson MP June Newsletter
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Michael attend D-Day service in Wareham

 

Michael was honoured to join Councillors and local residents in Wareham to mark the 75th anniversary of the D –Day landings.

Michael said “it is appropriate that we honour, commemorate and remember all those who gave their lives for our future. The bravery and sacrifice shown by so many service personnel must not be forgotten. Such acts of selfless service, undoubtedly changed the course of our country’s future and for that we must be eternally grateful.”

The service was held at the D-Day memorial plaque, which was originally installed to commemorate the 50th anniversary. The event was kindly hosted by Wareham Town Council.

 

Michael urges the Treasury to provide more funding for local schools.


 
Michael Tomlinson has urged the Treasury to provide more funding for local schools.
 
Michael has repeatedly campaigned for fairer funding for Dorset & Poole schools. He recently met with a number of local head teachers and school governors to discuss how school funding has been impacting schools across his Mid Dorset & North Poole constituency. The meeting was held at Corfe Hills School.
 
The concerns and comments made by local schools have been sent in a letter to the Secretary of State for Education and the Chief Secretary to the Treasury. In the letter, Michael urges the departments to use the forthcoming Spending Review to provide more funding for schools in Dorset, Poole and across other low funded authorities.
 
Michael said “Recent changes to the school funding formula are welcome. However, I firmly believe that our schools need increased funding to ensure that teachers can provide the best education possible. This issue is a passion of mine and I was grateful for the time of local teachers and governors to discuss this matter.”
 
Some of the issues raised during the recent meeting between Michael and representatives from local schools include, SEN funding, pressures on funding for Middle Schools and top slicing of schools budgets by Dorset Council.
 
Michael added “I have raised this issue again in Parliament because it is important. When I speak to schools, parents and residents it is clear that school funding is a key issue. My letter to Ministers sets out the challenges facing our schools and I urge them to look closely at ways to address this longstanding matter.”

Visiting HomeStart 

Michael visited the charity HomeStart in Dorset. Over the last year Homestart South East Dorset have helped 218 families and 479 children, with a small team of employees and a huge team of volunteers!

Most of their referrals come through Health Visitors and they run weekly groups for the most vulnerable families. Many of those parents helped go on to become volunteers themselves and gain valuable life skills and experiences which they can then pass on. The training offered to volunteers is so comprehensive that it is hugely valued and many volunteers go on to work in social services after their time with Homestart.

The feedback from families helped is incredibly positive, and Homestart are always looking for volunteers. The typical time commitment is 1-2 hours per week over a 6 month period per family, and Homestart will match families with the volunteer to whom they feel the family would be best suited.

Michael said "It was great to hear about the work of HomeStart in Dorset. I know they are always looking for more volunteers, and they provide excellent support and training. The families which they help gain an enormous amount from their friendship and support."

Please contact 01202 574877 if you are interested in becoming a valued volunteer.

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Michael Joins Poole Hockey Club's 125th Anniversary Celebrations

Michael was delighted to be invited to play in Poole Hockey Club's 125 year celebrations. Having been a member of the club since moving to Dorset, Michael has not played as much recently but was pleased to be able to contribute to this special game.

Michael said "not having the chance to play as regularly due to my Parliamentary commitments, I enjoyed the game, but was glad not to play a full game! It was great that the Mayor Sean Gabriel was able to come along too"
Michael meets with Leonard Cheshire

Michael had a recent meeting with a representative from Leonard Cheshire. They are working towards making workplaces fairer and more inclusive for disabled people and enabling individuals to realise their aspirations and live independently.

As a disability confident employer, Michael was keen to chat through their campaign.

Michael said "One of my staff in my office has a disability, and I have seen first-hand how workplaces may need to adapt to ensure fairness and accessibility for everyone".

Visiting Candlelight Care 

Michael went to Wimborne to visit Candlelight Care who provide carers for people across Dorset.

He heard about the job opportunities that are available working in the care sector, and some of the challenges facing the care sector as whole, including possible barriers to recruitment.

Michael said "Being a carer for someone in their own home is such an important job, and has great opportunities for career progression. I hope to visit some of Candlelight Care's clients later in the year and hear more about the great work they are doing"

Michael Attends Understanding Autism Event

Michael Tomlinson attended the National Autistic Society’s first ever Understanding Autism session. Michael received more information on what autism is, guidance on how to create autism-friendly surgeries and tips on how to support autistic constituents.

There are around 700,000 autistic children and adults in the UK, a significant proportion of every MP’s constituency. The National Autistic Society believes that increasing MPs’ awareness and understanding of autism is an important step to improving their ability to support and champion the issues that matter to autistic people in their constituencies and in Parliament too. The charity was delighted that so many MPs attended and will be working with them to ensure support improves for autistic people at both local and national levels.  

Michael said "I was delighted to attend the Understanding Autism session and grateful to the National Autistic Society for organising it. As a member of the APPG for autism, I am really pleased that so many MPs took the opportunity to attend this training".

Surgeries 

To book an appointment at one of Michael's surgeries then please do phone the office on 01202 624216 or email Michael at michael.tomlinson.mp @parliament.uk
Ways to contact Michael

By Phone: 
01202 624216
0207 219 5844

By Post: 
House of Commons, 
London, 
SW1A 0AA

By Email:
michael.tomlinson.mp@parliament.uk
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