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MARCH 2017

Jon Ashworth, Labour MP for Leicester South, launches the East Africa Crisis Appeal’s National Day of Action in Leicester with Islamic Relief UK

Friday
March 24 2017
Friday 24 March 2017 is the Disasters Emergency Committee East Africa Crisis Appeal’s National Day of Action

East Africa is experiencing a humanitarian catastrophe as conflict and drought bring famine across South Sudan, Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia. 23 million people are in urgent need of food, water and medical treatment, and 16 million people are on the brink of starvation.

Last week, the Disasters Emergency Committee, which consists of 13 member charities including faith based charities such as Islamic Relief UK, launched the East Africa Crisis Appeal. On Friday Jon will be launching the Appeal’s National Day of Action in Leicester, with representatives across different faith institutions, at Guru Amar Das Gurdwara, as part of an interfaith initiative to work together to help this cause.

Jon stated: “Islamic Relief is on the ground in South Sudan, Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia, already delivering life-saving assistance. They desperately need our help as over 800,000 children under five are severely malnourished.”

“I have written to Churches, Mosques, Gurdwaras, Temples and Synagogues in my Constituency to support the East Africa Crisis Appeal’s National Day of Action. A mere £25 could provide a month’s supply of life-saving peanut paste to a malnourished child.”


 

Salim Lorgot, the Mosque Relations Officer (Midlands & Wales) for Islamic Relief UK, commented: “I am truly humbled and profoundly overjoyed to see the Great British Public crossing all boundaries across Leicestershire working together to fight famine. Islamic Relief are committed to continue working with the community for the sake of humanity to tackle this famine. This shows there truly is more that unites than which divides us.”

People can show their support for the appeal by donating iruk.co/f/dec and tweeting using the hashtag #FightingFamine.


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Jon with representatives from different faith groups at Guru Amar Das Gurdwara,
Jon discussing the East Africa Crisis Appeal with Salim, Isak, Abdikayf, Jawaahir and Councillor Gugnani
Top photo; Jon with representatives from different faith groups at Guru Amar Das Gurdwara,
bottom photo, Jon discussing the East Africa Crisis Appeal with Salim, Isak, Abdikayf, Jawaahir and Councillor Gugnani
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Jon Ashworth, Labour MP for Leicester South, visited Turning Point substance misuse service

Friday
March 17 2017
Jonathan Ashworth, a Labour Member of Parliament who has represented Leicester South since 2011, visited Turning Point’s substance misuse service on Friday.

The service is relatively new, having opened its doors to local residents on 1st July 2016 to provide support to people who are affected by drugs or alcohol and want support to make a change in their life. Some of the support includes one-to-one sessions, recovery groups, counselling, detoxification and rehabilitation, and harm reduction services.

Mr Ashworth recently revealed to The Guardian his own experiences of substance misuse through his father’s addiction to alcohol. This has driven his support for children of alcoholics and the work done by substance misuse services.

Reflecting on his visit, Jon Ashworth MP said: “It is clear from my visit that Turning Point provides joined up and integrated services to people affected by drugs or alcohol.”

“I know from my own experiences with my Dad being an alcoholic that it is important to have services readily available like those provided by Turning Point. The demand for services in Leicester and the County is evident with there being approximately 150 referrals a week.”

 

“I was particularly impressed with the service offered by the Peer Mentors who give their time freely to support people and help to ensure that they are not alone when making big changes in their life.”

Sarah Hancock-Smith, Senior Operations Manager at Turning Point said: “We were delighted to welcome Jonathan Ashworth MP to our Eldon Street offices, where he met with peer mentors as well as our Clinical Lead Dr Andy Ball."

"Our peer mentors offer support to service users having experienced substance misuse themselves; whilst at the same time, service users receive quality clinical support to ensure they are on the right track to recovery. Both elements of support are fundamental to successfully recovering from substance misuse.”

To find out more about the service, visit Turning Point’s Wellbeing Cloud: http://wellbeing.turning-point.co.uk/leicestershire

Alternatively, you can call the service on
0330 303 6000

 
Jon with peer mentors and staff
Photo of Jon with peer mentors and staff
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Jon Ashworth, Labour MP for Leicester South, visits Leicester Mammas

Friday
March 17 2017
Jon visited Leicester Mammas which is a Breastfeeding Peer Support programme for families in Highfields and Evington

Mammas are trained mother-to-mother supporters who have breastfed their babies and volunteer their time to help others. They offer support in over 30 languages and are from all of Leicester’s faith groups and communities.

At the visit Jon discussed the “World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative UK Report” which reveals that although there are good infant feeding policies and programmes across the UK England scores very poorly.

Jon stated: “I am disappointed that England does not perform well. One reason for such poor results is a reduction in support services and the lack of an infant feeding committee or dedicated national coordinator.”

The Report demonstrates that there are pockets of excellence in support services around the country, but many essential peer support programmes have been cut. As a result, women with complex needs do not always have access to skilled specialist support.

The Report recommends that the Government needs to create a national communication strategy to provide accurate information for breastfeeding support.

Jon commented: “I am a supporter of Leicester Mammas who do a vital job in training local mums and helping new mothers and their babies. It is clear that improvement is needed urgently at every level in order to provide relevant support and advice for mothers.”


 

Jon commented: “I am a supporter of Leicester Mammas who do a vital job in training local mums and helping new mothers and their babies. It is clear that improvement is needed urgently at every level in order to provide relevant support and advice for mothers.”

Mammas has two helplines, offers home visits and provides activities as well as holding meetings for new mums and their babies. It works alongside midwives, health visitors and Children's Centres.

Sally Etheridge, Programme Lead for Leicester Mammas, stated: “Working with families and professionals in Leicester is a privilege – we have so many parents who want their baby to be breastfed, and families who do all they can to support them. Our health visitors and midwives, as well as our Infant Feeding teams, are dedicated to providing the support mums need.”

“However, the UK does not have a national strategy, and England especially lacks political commitment to creating a society that provides the level of support every family needs to give their baby the best start in life.

Mammas wants to call on the government to implement the recommendations in the WBTi report; to put the needs of babies far higher up the agenda, and create an enabling environment for women who want to breastfeed, wherever they live.”



 
Photo of Jon with the Report and includes: (standing left to right) Carole Fishwick (Infant Feeding Lead at the Partnership Trust), Dianna Matthews (maternity Support Infant Feeding at UHL)
Photo of Jon with the Report and includes: (standing left to right) Carole Fishwick (Infant Feeding Lead at the Partnership Trust), Dianna Matthews (maternity Support Infant Feeding at UHL)
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The WBTi project was set up by the UK Baby Feeding Law Group, a group of organisations and agencies working in infant and maternal health.

The Report can be found: https://ukbreastfeeding.org/wbtiuk2016/

 
 
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