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A busy day in the constituency

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15 May 2012
Fairtrade Day After a week dominated by the Queen’s Speech, it was great to spend a couple of days out and about in Lewisham.

Friday started with a meeting catching up with my staff at my office in Lee Green, before dashing off to Hither Green to take part in the annual Spring Planting of flowers with F.U.S.S. (Friends and Users of Staplehurst Shops). Luckily the rain stayed away for an hour!

Afterwards I met a constituent at Leybridge Court to chat to him about the regeneration work being undertaken around the properties.

After a quick lunch at a lovely new cafe on Lee High Road, I headed to the offices of A4E, one of JobCentre Plus’s prime contractors. As part of my work to help tackle the huge problem of unemployment in Lewisham, I am meeting with employment service providers to hear about their approach to the challenges of getting people into work. It was great to meet some of the people who use A4E and drop into their training sessions, where they are learning the skills to give them the edge in their search for work.

The next stop was Forster Park Primary School, who held a Fairtrade Fair to celebrate World Fairtrade Day (see photo above). The homebaked fairtrade cakes were definitely a highlight for children and parents alike!

Finally, the day was rounded off with a busy advice surgery in Downham with people coming to me wanting my help on a range of issues including housing and welfare support.


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