Sutton Coldfield Youth Council- Mental Health Awareness Week

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A big well done to members of the Sutton Coldfield Youth Council and students from Sutton Coldfield College for completing their two-day Youth Mental Health First Aid training on Friday 10th May ready for Mental Health Awareness Week!

The Sutton Coldfield Youth Council, is an assembly of students from each of the eight secondary schools and colleges in Sutton Coldfield, aiming to lead social action projects to make a positive impact in the local community.

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Future of Birmingham City: Business Roundtable Meeting


In February, I held a Business Roundtable meeting co-hosted by Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands Combined Authority, and Cllrs. Robert Alden and Randal Brew, Leader  and Deputy Leader of the Conservative Group in Birmingham to hear directly from local businesses about their suggestions for the future of Birmingham.


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British Chinese Crime Survey

A few nights ago my parents forwarded two videos of a burglary aftermath- ransacked rooms, distressed voices in the background, lives scarred by such a personal, deliberate and targeted intrusion into their lives.

burlgary.jpgI then separately received it from two friends on social media followed by a call from a resident in my ward demanding what I was going to do about it. They were all from Chinese families. One resident told me that one of the burglars caught had a pocket book of other addresses- all of Chinese addresses.

Even if it was not true, it showed the fear in the community. I asked a friend who spent hours translating a survey into Chinese for me and put it online asking British Chinese people across the country for their thoughts and experiences. If they have suffered from criminality in the past few years, they needed to stand up and let it be known so the authorities know about it and to push for something more  to be done

In only a few days we have received hundreds of

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KIDS- Short Breaks funding to be cut


Under the proposed budget consultation for the city 2017-2018, the funding for KIDS, Sutton Coldfield is due to be cut.

The centre provides short breaks and care for 0-5yr old children with disabilities and their families. They have suffered financial uncertainty year on year including this year, making it very hard for them to plan their long term future.

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Project Umubano- Volunteering in Rwanda

DSC_0596Im August I spent two weeks with an amazing group of Conservative politicians and friends on a volunteering project to Rwanda. It was a truly humbling experience to be in the remote town of Kigali with three other Councillors from around Britain passing on business experience and training to budding entrepreneurs.

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