24 OCT 2016


Today, two more inspiring apprentices from Gosport are being profiled as a part of local MP Caroline Dinenage's #GetInGoFar campaign.

Hannah Bentley, 40, started a Level 5 apprenticeship last October. She is now the manager of Redclyffe House Learning Disabilities Home in Gosport and was proud to oversee a good in all areas CQC inspection.

Matthew Close, 19, is a warehouse operative in Gosport, completing a warehousing NVQ. He reports how this apprenticeship has taught him the skills of using a fork lift, palletising and other warehousing jobs, so he is ready to be a supervisor.

Commenting, Caroline said:

"Hannah and Matthew are doing two very different apprenticeships, but both are gaining the specialised skills they need to add value to the organisation for which they work. As a former business owner myself, I know how important it is to have staff experienced and trained to provide the services you need. This brings huge benefits to the business and offers the apprentices great opportunities for career progression."

You can read Hannah and Matthews's biographies in full, here.

20 OCT 2016


Local MP, Caroline Dinenage this week attended Westminster Flu Day, a flu vaccine clinic held in the House of Commons, to promote the importance of getting this season's flu vaccine, especially for vulnerable groups.

53% of at-risk people and 27% of people over the age of 65 in Gosport were not vaccinated against flu last year, even though the consequences of not having a flu vaccine can be serious. The national figures are even worse, around 55% at-risk patients and 30% over 65s.

People in a risk group, such as pregnant women, or those with an underlying health condition such as liver disease and heart disease, are at significantly increased risk of dying as a result of flu. Every year, an estimated 12,000 people die from seasonal influenza in England and Wales. Flu is the most frequent cause of death in pregnancy.

The vaccine is available free to many groups including over 65s and younger people with health conditions, as well as those who work as carers or in health & social care.

As an asthma sufferer, Caroline knows the potential consequences of her catching the flu could be more serious

After the event Caroline said:

"The best way to help protect yourself against the flu is to get the flu vaccine. As an asthma sufferer, I know the risks of complications as a result of getting the flu virus can be higher, that's why I would urge everyone who is entitled to a free flu vaccine to go and visit their GP or pharmacist."

Nicola Blackwood MP, Public Health Minister added:

"Make sure you get your flu jab this winter. People often get the flu in winter and it can lead to more serious illnesses and even death, so it is good to protect yourself".

Gail Scott-Spicer, Chief Executive of Carers Trust said:

"If you're the main carer for an older or disabled person, we recommend that you ask your GP or pharmacist for a free flu jab this winter. Being an unpaid carer is tough, and coming down with the flu can make it almost impossible to look after someone."

Westminster Flu Day is an established event in the Parliamentary calendar. It is sponsored by the ABPI Vaccine Group in partnership with the Royal College of Nursing and Carers Trust and with the support of the Department of Health and Public Health England.

Parliamentarians receiving the vaccine made a monetary donation to the Carers Trust.

19 OCT 2016


Local MP, Caroline Dinenage visited the Getting Ready for Winter event with British Gas last week, to find out what support is available to ensure people are taking advantage of free help and support with energy bills.

British Gas offers many ways to help customers save money, such as alerting customers in their bills to any better tariffs for them. They allow customers to switch between tariffs without paying a penalty charge and offer flexible payment plans which enable customers to set and manage their own payments.

To keep an eye on energy usage, energy suppliers will be able to install a smart meter, meaning an end to estimated bills. British Gas customers are provided with online tools to help them manage their energy usage.

Constituents may also be entitled to extra support from the Government and their energy supplier if they meet certain criteria. Last year more than 700,000 British Gas customers in the UK received the Warm Home Discount - a one off discount of £140 on the electricity bill. The company has the broadest eligibility criteria of all energy suppliers. British Gas customers should call 0800 072 8625.

The British Gas Energy Trust is an independent charitable trust that offers advice and support for people who are struggling with their household bills. Since it was established in 2004, British Gas has provided £85million of funding to the Trust which has helped more than 176,000 people with debt advice and grants.

Gas appliances should be checked for safety every 12 months by a Gas Safe registered engineer. These important checks can detect a range of problems from boiler faults to gas leaks and carbon monoxide poisoning.

Caroline said:

"It's really important to be prepared for winter and to promote what help is available. There are a number of simple steps that people can take to make sure they're doing all they can to keep their bills down and their home warm."

For more information on the British Gas Energy Trust, visit: www.britishgasenergytrust.org.uk.

For more information on booker checks, visit: www.britishgas.co.uk/homecare.

17 OCT 2016


Local MP Caroline Dinenage is today profiling two more inspiring apprentices from Gosport.

Briar Leary, 18, is an accountancy apprentice with Tax Assist. She attends an AAT college course one day a week and spends the other four days working as a trainee accountant in a small practise.

Nicola Holley, 27, works at The Royal Nursing Home in Gosport. She has achieved 3 apprenticeship qualifications within the health & social care industry (Level 2, 3 and 5) and has recently been recruited as an Assessor.

Commenting, Caroline said:

"Briar and Nicola provide great examples of the diverse opportunities that apprenticeships can provide. In both cases, achieving qualifications through an apprenticeship scheme has helped them identify longer-term career goals and make tangible progress towards them."

You can read Briar and Nicola's biographies in full, here.

14 OCT 2016


Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage yesterday helped award a total of £25,000 to local organisations at the HMS Sultan's Charity Cheque Presentation alongside commanding officer Captain Peter Towell.

These funds were raised at the Sultan Summer Show, a hugely popular event that takes place in Gosport every year. At the show, a variety of exciting acts put on spectacular performances. This year, crowds enjoyed monster trucks, the Bolddog Lings Freestyle Motorcross Display Team, and Bob Hogg's Lamb National and Sheepdog displays as well as music, foods and rides. HMS Sultan are dedicated to putting the money raised from this event to good use throughout the community, supporting local charitable organisations.

This year, the Summer Show raised an amazing £25,000, which was divided up between local voluntary and charity groups. Local recipients included Loud and Proud; Leesland School's Pool Fund; Scouts Groups and Gosport Men's Shed.

Speaking after the presentation, Caroline said:

"I was honoured to once again be invited by HMS Sultan to help Captain Towell award cheques to local charities at HMS Sultan's Charity Cheque Presentation, it is one of my favourite events of the year. The Sultan Summer Show, as well as providing a wonderful day out for local families, serves an amazing charitable purpose – delivering vital funds to support local charitable organisations.

We need to celebrate how important HMS Sultan is to the local community and how lucky we are to have so many wonderful voluntary and charity groups in the Gosport Constituency. I would like to take this opportunity to commend our voluntary organisations and all the team at HMS Sultan for making Gosport and Fareham such wonderful places to live."

13 OCT 2016


Local MP, Caroline Dinenage opened the London Stock Exchange this week on behalf of the 30 percent club.

Caroline was at the Stock Exchange to deliver a speech to finance and asset management companies about about gender diversity, as part of her role as Minister for Women and Equalities. But before that, the Gosport MP was invited to open the London Stock Exchange at the official Market Ceremony.

Caroline's speech was followed by a roundtable discussion on gender diversity with the investor community.

The 30 percent club launched in the UK in 2010 with a goal of achieving a minimum of 30% women on FTSE-100 boards - currently the figure stand at 26% up from 12.5%.

Commenting on the event, Caroline said:

"I was honoured to have been asked to open the London Stock Exchange this week and speak to members of the investor community with the 30 percent club. It was a really important opportunity to address the issue of gender balance in the financial sector, which is so crucial for business success and the future of our economy."

03 OCT 2016


Today, Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage is promoting Gosport apprentices working in the childcare sector.

17 year old apprentice nursery nurse, Allana Meredith, explains how her apprenticeship provides rewarding opportunities to learn about the different stages of child development and how she can help build their confidence to achieve milestones.

Nursery apprentice Chloe White, 20, sees her apprenticeship as a win-win – because she gets to do what she loves while learning, progressing and earning at the same time.

Paige Hillier, 19, is a level 3 childcare apprentice, working with children aged 2-5. She points out how importantly, apprenticeships enable her to learn skills in a work based setting. She states – "there's a lot you can't learn from book...seeing how everything is implemented in a real life situation is so useful."

Commenting, Caroline said:

"It is truly inspiring that Allana, Chloe and Paige have started a career based upon their love of working with children and are pursuing apprenticeships to achieve their ambitions. It is so great to hear how passionate they are about their jobs and their eagerness to learn the skills they need to progress."

You can read Allana, Chloe and Paige's stories here.

26 SEP 2016


Today, Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage continues her campaign to showcase the talent of inspiring Gosport apprentices.

This week, Caroline has published the biographies of three inspiring Gosport apprentices. Craig Moxham, 21; Josh Lynas, 20; and Harry Haggard, 19, all from Gosport, are employed as trainee engineers at BAE Systems in Portsmouth. You can read their stories, here.

Caroline said:

"BAE Systems is a big local employer so it is great to see that the company is training up the younger generations with the skills they need to become the engineers of the future. This kind of investment is really important to meet the future needs of our local economy. I really enjoyed learning about the diverse experiences that Craig, Josh and Harry have had at BAE and the opportunity they have to progress their apprenticeships further to achieve degree level qualifications."

23 SEP 2016


Local MP Caroline Dinenage has congratulated the organisers of Gosport Heritage Open Days on securing a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant of £10,000. The money is to increase public awareness of Gosport's contribution to the war effort through HLF's First World War: Then and Now programme.

To mark the Centenary of the First World War, the project will enable local people in Gosport to come together to preserve the memories and heritage of the people who lived through the First World War. The Heritage Lottery Fund has already invested more than £81 million in projects that are marking this Centenary and helping local young people in particular to broaden their understanding of how the conflict has shaped our modern world.

Four local groups will be created with a wide range of ages and abilities. Volunteers will collect photographs, newspaper clippings, documents, letters and photos of keepsakes, as well as family tales passed down to help them build a clear picture of what life was really like. The project will centre on a series of workshops being conducted with the four groups and will include talks by visiting historians.

There will also be visits to at least four historic sites which, subject to confirmation, will include HMS Sultan Airfield Museum, Royal Clarence Yard, World War One Remembrance Centre or Portsmouth Naval Dockyard Archives. A commemorative Great War newspaper will also be produced with a final exhibition in Gosport's Discovery Centre.

With help from professionals, the information gathered will be digitally recorded and an online interactive archive will be created where everyone can access and contribute information. The archive will allow the public to discuss, contribute, share and research information about the Home Front.

Commenting on the grant, Caroline said:

"I am pleased that in Gosport we have so much support for the preservation of our local history, helping the younger generations understand why this centenary is so important.

I hope that many of my constituents get involved to celebrate our heritage and increase awareness of the war effort that came from Gosport."

You can read more about Gosport Heritage Open Days at www.gosportheritage.co.uk, and more about the HLF at www.hlf.org.uk.

22 SEP 2016


Local MP Caroline Dinenage is urging constituents to take advantage of the Big Lottery Fund's 'Celebrate!' Programme.

The Big Lottery Fund wants to help the local community come together with their 'Celebrate!' Programme, and are offering grants of between £300 and £10,000 for groups to hold one off events or activities which celebrate their local community.

Six out of ten people surveyed say they cannot remember ever coming together to celebrate with their community. The Big Lottery Fund wants to help change this.

You could celebrate something from your community's history or a local hero. Or maybe it's a chance to bring people together to get to know their neighbours better.

Due to the huge success of Celebrate they have allocated an extra £4.1 million of funding to give even more local communities the chance to come together and celebrate and now have a total of £7.695 million for projects in England.

Caroline said:

"Feeling part of a community is so important and I know the Gosport constituency already has fantastic community spirit. This programme is a great opportunity for constituents and organisations to help boost that spirit!"

For more information please visit https://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/global-content/programmes/england/celebratefund.

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