20 NOV 2018

CAROLINE SUPPORTS MUSEUM SHOP SUNDAY

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage is encouraging residents to support local culture and the national museums of the Royal Navy by visiting the Royal Naval Submarine Museum and Explosion! Museum of Naval Firepower to celebrate Museum Shop Sunday.

Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Museum Shop Sunday on November 25th was created to support local museums and promote independent business and employers instead of online giants. Led by the Association for Cultural Enterprises the campaign encourages consumers to 'shop unique' to find the perfect Christmas gift.

Over 1000 cultural shops are taking part all over the world, including the two of the National Museums of the Royal Navy in Gosport.

Caroline commented:

"I am very proud of the naval museums in the constituency which highlight the legacy of the Royal Navy in the local area and provide educational fun for the whole family. The naval museums are great local employers with their independent cafes and shops. I highly recommend a visit to get a unique gift for this coming Christmas and support our local culture and heritage."

For more information about the Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower please visit https://www.nmrn.org.uk/our-museums/explosion-museum-naval-firepower or for the Royal Naval Submarine Museum please visit https://www.nmrn.org.uk/submarine-museum.


19 NOV 2018

CAROLINE JOINS DEMENTIA RESEARCH

Local MP Caroline Dinenage encourages local residents to sign up to Join Dementia Research, to help fight back against Dementia.

Join Dementia Research has been set up to support dementia patients and their carer's, families and friends. The service promises to accelerate the pace of dementia research by making it easier for people to participate. They found almost two thirds of people are interested in taking part in research, yet less than one in five know how to.

Join Dementia Research is a national service that is designed to match participants to appropriate research studies using your personal information, ranging from clinical studies to surveys. They offer a broad range of studies depending on your situation and match partakers to a study on a case-by-case basis. Anyone, with or without dementia, can register their interest as a volunteer as long as they are over 18 years old. You can also sign up someone else, as long as you are acting in their best interest.

Caroline commented:

"Every three minutes someone is diagnosed with Dementia and it is becoming a leading cause of death. We all know someone who has been affected and seen the terrible consequences that it has had, not only the patient, but the carer, family and friends. Join Dementia Research offers an easy and ethically approved way for anyone to take part in research to help beat Dementia. I am delighted that this programme offers people the opportunity to get involved in something that can benefit patients, carers and future generations. It provides an opportunity to access new treatments, take part in a valuable cause and fight back against the disease."

To get involved, you can register online or email at www.joindementiaresearch.nihr.ac.uk, by phone on 0300 111 5 111 or via post at Join Dementia Research, NIHR Clinical Research Network Coordinating Centre, Minerva House, 5 Montague Close, London, SE1 9BB. Your details will be stored securely.


19 NOV 2018

CAROLINE HOSTS GOSPORT ENTERPRISE FAIR

Local MP, Caroline Dinenage, today hosted a free business support exhibition and networking event in partnership with the Solent LEP and Gosport Borough Council.

The Gosport Enterprise Fair, which concluded Gosport Enterprise Week, offered provide practical guidance and funding advice to local businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs. A 'Starting and Growing a Business' Q&A session, chaired by Caroline Dinenage, provided audience members with the opportunity to ask successful local entrepreneurs about their professional journeys and experiences.

An exciting line-up of speakers spoke about various stages of their business owning journey and share their stories and tips for success for starting and growing a business.

Neil Hallsworth who founded Explorer Coffees Ltd in 2017 following 10 years in the Royal Army Medical Corps spoke about his journey from the Army to Business Owner. Mike Shepherd who started Marine Advertising Agency shared his story over the last 10 years and Freya Derrick who set up Hopscotch Day Nurseries spoke about starting up with her first nursery in Gosport in 2005 and opening her fifth next year.

Following on from the speeches and Q&A session, there was an opportunity for networking with representatives from key business support organisations, including Solent Growth Hub, StartUp Disruptors and Enterprise First.

Commenting, Caroline said:

'It was fantastic to welcome local business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs to this event, which provided them with ample opportunity to hear about the support they need to grow their business or realise their ambitions of becoming an entrepreneur. By bringing businesses, aspiring entrepreneurs and business support organisations together, the Enterprise Fair helps to unlock and develop the wealth of business talent we have locally'


14 NOV 2018

CAROLINE COMMENDS LOCAL CARE APP

"Hampshire residents, including those in my constituency, now have a fantastic one-stop shop to get all the information and advice they need regarding care and wellbeing. This website and app both supports local people living independently and as a result takes pressure off NHS staff and resources."

Hampshire County Council has announced that residents can how download a new app that provides 24/7 local information, with or without internet access, about care and support. The information ranges from advice on mental and physical health, support for carers and equipment for those living at home. It also includes a directory of helplines, charities and local services, a directory of registered home care agencies and care and nursing homes in Hampshire.

Both the website and app have been developed with Southampton University and is being used by health professions to refer patients to non-medical services and voluntary organisations.

Caroline commented:

"It is important that people can retain their quality of life and live independently at home. The app and website provide vital information and support that is tailored to the local area and residents, helping carers get the advice that they need. I am delighted to hear that it is being used by GPs, nurses and charities to promote healthy, active communities that do not need to rely on NHS resources to maintain their wellbeing."

The website can be found at https://www.connecttosupporthampshire.org.uk/home or to download the app simply search 'Connect to Support Hampshire' in the App Store or Google Play.


13 NOV 2018

BUDGET BOOST WILL HELP END THE LEGACY OF POOR ROADS SAYS MP

"Improving our local roads has always been a top priority for me. I am pleased that this extra money will help towards making this a reality." Caroline Dinenage MP

Local MP, Caroline Dinenage, has today welcomed news that the Government has allocated nearly £12 million for Hampshire County Council to improve local highways.

The funding comes from the £420 million budget boost for highways announced in last month's budget.

This additional allocation comes on top of the £950 million allocated nationally this year.

Commenting Caroline said: "This money is a vital step forward to end the legacy of poor roads with potholes growing every quarter during their last term.

Connectivity to the Gosport peninsula is vital for jobs, continued prosperity, and keeps the cost of car maintenance down for local families.

I am pleased the Government will deliver for my constituents"


12 NOV 2018

CAROLINE TO HOST GOSPORT ENTERPRISE FAIR

Local MP, Caroline Dinenage is hosting a free business support exhibition and networking event in partnership with the Solent LEP and Gosport Borough Council.

The Gosport Enterprise Fair, which concludes Gosport Enterprise Week, will take this Friday (16 November), at the Jervis Gallery, St Vincent College. The event will provide practical guidance and funding advice to local businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs. A 'Starting and Growing a Business' Q&A session, chaired by Caroline Dinenage, will provide audience members with the opportunity to ask successful local entrepreneurs about their professional journeys and experiences.

An exciting line-up of speakers will talk about various stages of their business owning journey and share their stories and tips for success for starting and growing a business. Confirmed speakers include:

Neil Hallsworth who founded Explorer Coffees Ltd in 2017 following 10 years in the Royal Army Medical Corps.Mike Shepherd who started Marine Advertising Agency in 2008 and has sailed around the world.Freya Derrick who set up Hopscotch Day Nurseries in 2005, with her first nursery in Gosport and will be opening her fifth next year, she has also run the Marathon des Sables.Caroline Dinenage, Entrepreneur & Member of Parliament for Gosport, Stubbington, Lee-on-the-Solent & Hill Head

Following on from the speeches and Q&A session, there will be opportunities for networking with representatives from key business support organisations, including Solent Growth Hub, StartUp Disruptors and Enterprise First.

Commenting, Caroline said:

'I am very excited to welcome local business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs to this event, which will provide them with ample opportunity to hear about the support they need to grow their business or realise their ambitions of becoming an entrepreneur. By bringing businesses, aspiring entrepreneurs and business support organisations together, the Enterprise Fair will help to unlock and develop the wealth of business talent we have locally'

The event will commence at 1:30pm. If you would like to attend, please sign up at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gosport-enterprise-fair-2018-tickets-51190370777.

You can read more about the range of activities taking place across Gosport as part of Enterprise Week, here: http://www.investingosport.co.uk/2017/09/27/gosport-celebrates-global-entrepreneurship-week-2017-november/


12 NOV 2018

CAROLINE TO BECOME ARTHRITIS CHAMPION

Local MP, Caroline Dinenage, has pledged to work alongside leading charity Versus Arthritis to represent the thousands of people in Gosport living every day with the pain of arthritis.

Arthritis and related conditions, such as back pain, are the single biggest cause of pain and disability in the UK, affecting 17.8 million people. Arthritis can impact all areas of someone's life, including their ability to work, socialise, care for a family and even move freely without pain. For many, it steals their independence, which often leads to isolation that can leave them disconnected from the life they want to live.

As well as the personal impact, these conditions have a huge effect on our society and economy, amounting to the third largest area of NHS spending at £4.7 billion. One in five people consult a GP about a musculoskeletal problem every year, and these conditions are the cause of over 20% of all working days lost each year in the UK.

As an Arthritis Champion, Caroline has pledged to support people with arthritis by speaking up for them in Parliament and together with Versus Arthritis, Caroline will demand better for people with arthritis.

Caroline Dinenage MP said:

"I'm proud to be an Arthritis Champion and pledge to speak up for the thousands of people with arthritis in Gosport. Arthritis can affect every aspect of a person's life, but it is too often dismissed as inevitable and insignificant.

"I look forward to working with Versus Arthritis to challenge the impact of the condition by pushing arthritis up the political agenda and tackling the issues facing people with arthritis in Gosport. No-one should have to tolerate the pain, fatigue and isolation of arthritis. That's why I am Versus Arthritis."

Dr Liam O'Toole, Chief Executive Officer of Versus Arthritis, said:

"I'm delighted that Caroline has become an Arthritis Champion. From getting dressed and going to work, to cooking meals and caring for family, arthritis steals life's fundamentals. Many people spend years living with severe pain and fatigue, with a knock-on impact on their mental health. It's vital that MPs

join our movement to push back against arthritis by helping to raise awareness of the condition and ensure everyone has the support they need."


09 NOV 2018

Stubbington Bypass - Public Inquiry

The Public Inquiry into the Stubbington Bypass has been confirmed by the Department for Transport and will take place on Monday 26 November at The Solent Hotel & Spa at 10am.

An objection was made to the Side Roads Order which has caused a Public Inquiry to be necessary. Members of the public are free to attend the Inquiry.

Full details can be found on the Public Notice accessed via https://bit.ly/2z02t65. Hampshire County Council will be supplying evidence to the Inquiry and will await the outcome in due course.


08 NOV 2018

CAROLINE JOINS THE DAILY MILE

 

Local MP, Caroline Dinenage took part in The Daily Mile with Year 2 children from Grange Infant School today.

Members of Parliament across the UK are taking part in the MP Daily Mile Initiative to encourage more schools to sign up to the growing children's health and well-being movement.

The Daily Mile is a free, simple yet profoundly effective movement aimed at helping children get fit for learning and fit for life. Founded in 2012 in Stirling, Scotland by Elaine Wyllie, The Daily Mile simply involves 15 minutes of running or jogging, with walking kept to a minimum, outside around the school playground or perimeter every day.

Since its inception, The Daily Mile has spread to over 6,400 schools worldwide with over 1.3 million children taking part and is now in workplaces, hospitals and other healthcare settings too. The Daily Mile focuses on inclusivity and is beneficial to all children and adults regardless of age, ability or personal circumstances.

Caroline said:

"It was fantastic to join in The Daily Mile with Grange Infants today, both the children and teachers were so enthusiastic and I heard some great stories of what a difference it has made!

The impacts of taking part in the Daily Mile can be transformational for children – after just four weeks, The Daily Mile sees noticeable improvements in children's concentration, behaviour, attainment, moods and of course fitness levels."

Sarah Duffy, Executive Headteacher, Grange Infant School said:

"Since introducing the daily mile at Grange Infant School, we have been extremely pleased by the commitment and enthusiasm from the children, staff and parents in support of our daily run. The mile was introduced at the start of the Autumn term by our AHT, Emma Poate, who had seen the mile in action at other schools and the benefits it has for children's learning in terms of their fitness and readiness for learning.

It was lovely to have Caroline Dinenage with us today, joining in with and supporting the mile, and we look forward to seeing the continued health benefits for our children over the months to come."


08 NOV 2018

CAROLINE APPLAUDS OPEN DOORS PROJECT

"The Open Doors project presents an opportunity to transform empty shops, creating a vibrant community hub in our high streets." Caroline Dinenage MP.

The Communities Secretary James Brokenshire has announced the launch of the Open Doors project. The project will link landlords with empty retail units and offer the space to community groups who provide vital services or as housing. The work is part of the £1.5 billion package offered in the Budget to support high streets, including the new Future High Streets Fund that focuses on re-development and transport and the business rate cut for small retailers.

Across England there are currently 27, 000 vacant premises and to tackle the socio-economic challenges that communities face the project focuses on regenerating these empty spaces to create community hubs. It is part of the Governments vision for tackling social problems, such as crime, unemployment and loneliness, that is linked to the declining high streets.

Commenting, Caroline stated:

"With technological advances and online shopping, the high street has taken a hit. These empty shops are a waste of space which can be utilised to regenerate and revitalise our shopping streets. The Open Doors project presents an amazing opportunity to create spaces that we can be proud of, that not only fills these vacant spaces, but uses them in a way that benefits the community and offers services to the most vulnerable."

For more information please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/news/communities-secretary-sets-out-vision-for-high-streets-as-vibrant-community-hubs. 


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