17 MAY 2018


As part of Dementia Action Week, Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage will host an Alzheimer's Society 'Dementia Friends' session in her constituency office.

The event, on 25th May from 3.30-4.30pm is free and open to the public who can sign up to become 'Dementia Friends' as part of a nationwide initiative led by Alzheimer's Society. The campaign aims to ensure that people living with dementia feel included in their community and gives people an understanding of dementia and the small things they can do to make a difference.

Speaking in advance of the event, Caroline said:

"My grandma lived with dementia and I saw first-hand the effect it had on her and the rest of our family. I became a 'Dementia Friend' back in 2015 to better understand how to support people living with dementia in our community. I really want to see our area become 'dementia friendly' and will continue to work with Alzheimer's Society and local people to see this become a reality."

Jane Essery, Alzheimer's Society Services Manager for the area, said:

"It's great MP Caroline Dinenage will host a Dementia Friends session as less than half of us think we know enough about dementia. Dementia Friends isn't about creating experts, it's about helping people understand a little bit more about what it's like to live with the condition and then turn that understanding into action. From helping someone find the right bus to spreading the word about dementia, it can help make our local community a better place to live - anyone of any age can be a Dementia Friend."

If you are interested in becoming a Dementia Friend or helping create more communities that are dementia friendly, go to www.dementiafriends.org.uk to find your nearest information session or to volunteer as a Dementia Friends Champion.

The training session will take place at 167 Stoke Road, Gosport, PO12 1SE from 1530 to 1630. The event is free but booking is essential via Natasha.hook@parliament.uk or 02392 583127.

16 MAY 2018


"The Gosport Sea Cadets are a prized part of our town's maritime connection and with this much needed funding boost they can play a big part in our future" Caroline Dinenage MP

Local MP, Caroline Dinenage, has today welcomed news that the Gosport Sea Cadets have had funding confirmed for their new home at Hornet.

There had been real concerns when question marks were raised that the funding, which had been promised, might not be forthcoming. This would have meant the group could not relocate from their site at Royal Clarence Yard to the new, purpose built, location.

Caroline met with Defence Minister, Tobias Ellwood MP to clear up any confusion and secure the Defence Estates funding for the move, this has now been confirmed in a subsequent letter.

Commenting on the news Caroline said: "This is simply fantastic news for the Gosport Sea Cadets and for the area, helping local children grow in confidence. I'm really grateful to the Minister for listening to my pleas and intervening to secure this funding. But most of all this is a tribute to all the incredible volunteers who make our Sea Cadets such a vibrant and successful local group.

Captain Gavin Pritchard, the Chairman of the Gosport Sea Cadets said "this is terrific and very welcome news for Gosport - our Sea Cadets will now be able to continue enjoying their training and adventure on the water."

Local Councillor John Beavis added: "Gosport Sea Cadets are a great organisation and I am delighted that Caroline was able to broker a solution with the Minister and DIO to enable the final part of their move from Royal Clarence Yard to Hornet to be completed. Plans can now go ahead for the proper facilities to be put in place to enable this very successful Sea Cadet Unit to operate fully in their new Base. Caroline's help is greatly appreciated".

15 MAY 2018


"As the nation's representatives we should be leading from the front in tackling plastic pollution and today's news means we are doing just that" Caroline Dinenage MP

Local MP, Caroline Dinenage, has today welcomed news that Parliament will significantly reduce its plastic footprint over the next twelve months.

This follows pressure from 120 MPs, including Caroline, who have joined the Plastic Free Parliament campaign.

It is estimated that two million items of plastic waste are consumed by the House of Commons alone in 2017.

Measures include:

- Ending the sale of water bottles

- Levying 25p charge on coffee cups

- Replace plastic cups and bags with compostable alternatives

- Purchase an additional 800 bins for compostable waste

Commenting on the news Caroline said: "It is fantastic news that Parliament is leading the way in reducing its plastic footprint.

When I gave up plastic for Lent I learnt just how many alternatives there are to single use plastic and I would encourage their use wherever possible.

Whilst the Government is taking concerted action to reduce plastic consumption and waste, we can all take action now to help protect our environment for the future."

09 MAY 2018

Dying Matters Awareness Week















Dying Matters Awareness Week starts 14 May 2018.

For more information please visit https://www.dyingmatters.org/.

05 MAY 2018


"There can be no better legacy of the Centenary of Women's Votes than inspiring a whole new generation of young people" Caroline Dinenage MP

Local MP, Caroline Dinenage, has today encouraged local groups to take advantage of Government grants to mark the centenary of women gaining the vote.

The Government has made available £1.5 million for local groups to celebrate, inspire, educate and to encourage participation of young people in the democratic process.

Grants are available for £2000 to £65,000 and applications can be made online www.womensvoteforcenteneryfund.co.uk before the 17th May.

Commenting on the scheme Caroline said:

"The centenary celebrations so far serve as a timely reminder how important our precious democratic freedoms are and how hard one they were.

Many Suffragists did not live to see the vote but campaigned on behalf of women and girls not yet born.

It is that spirit that I encourage local groups to apply and create a new legacy of those campaigns and I am very pleased to see the Government making this grant money available."

04 MAY 2018


"Gosport with its cutting edge engineering and defence industry apprenticeships provides great opportunities for the next generation." Caroline Dinenage MP

Local MP, Caroline Dinenage, met with apprentices at a reception in the House of Commons.

Apprentices from across the country were joined by Caroline Dinenage in the House of Commons this week to celebrate the 12,000 apprenticeships provided by the UK's Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space industries.

They were over 100 apprentices from some of Britain's leading aerospace, defence, security and space companies who attended the ADS Parliamentary Reception.

Organised by the trade organisation ADS Group, and sponsored by United Technologies Aerospace Systems, the event recognised the valuable contribution apprentices make to our important, high-skill manufacturing industries, and highlighted the world-leading technologies that many of the apprentices are working to develop.

Caroline Dinenage said:

"I was delighted to welcome apprentices to the House of Commons. The reception was an excellent opportunity to meet young people working towards highly-skilled and rewarding careers and to celebrate the huge talent working in these world-leading sectors. These apprentices are great ambassadors for our local area and the UK's advanced manufacturing industries."

Paul Everitt, Chief Executive of ADS Group, said:

"Apprentices represent the future for our industries, which is why providing an opportunity for them to celebrate their contribution with their MP is so important. The aerospace, defence, security and space industries invest in training in every part of the UK and I am delighted that this reception provides a chance to celebrate the achievements of those working hard at the start of their careers."

26 APR 2018


"Dame Millicent was an inspiration to women during her lifetime and she will continue to inspire others to continue the fight for equality in the years ahead." Caroline Dinenage

Local MP, Caroline Dinenage, joined the Prime Minister and other Parliamentarians in witnessing the unveiling of a statue of Dame Millicent Fawcett.

The statue of the suffragist is the first statue of a woman to be unveiled in Parliament Square. She joins 11 other male figures such as Sir Winston Churchill and Mahatma Gandhi.

Commenting Caroline said: "In this centenary year of female suffrage it is right that Millicent Fawcett was chosen to be the very first statue commemorating a woman.

Without her tireless work, along with many other women a hundred years ago I wouldn't be able to vote, let alone stand for Parliament.

Her stirring words, "Courage calls to courage everywhere" are just as relevant today as they were a century ago."

19 APR 2018


"The cost of fraud carried out directly against individuals is now £9.7billion per year." Caroline Dinenage MP.

Caroline Dinenage MP, is hosting the Gosport constituency's first ever Scam Smart event to help members of the public to protect themselves from fraud.

The free event takes place at Thorngate Halls in Gosport from 1.30- 4pm on Friday 8 June and will feature useful help and advice from a number of different local and national organisations including Gosport Citizens Advice, Trading Standards and Hampshire Constabulary.

Speaking ahead of the event, Caroline said:

"I'm extremely concerned that there are an estimated 3.25 million victims of scams in this country, who lose around £9.7bn per year. This crime usually happens within the safely of the victims' own home, with fraudsters using more and more devious and ingenious tactics, causing not only financial hardship but also immense distress.

My Scam Smart event, which is open to all local residents seeks to give people the information and tools they need to help them spot a scam and protect themselves from these crimes."

Valerie Kelly, Chief Officer of Citizens Advice Gosport said:

"We are pleased to be able to support this event by raising awareness of the scams affecting our local community. These are becoming ever more sophisticated and a risk to the unwary. This event will highlight the tactics used to persuade people to part with their savings and hopefully prevent residents from becoming victims of this type of crime."

The event is free but booking is required via natasha.hook@parliament.uk or 02392 583127.

11 APR 2018


Local MP, Caroline Dinenage, has pledged to help improve the lives of people with Parkinson's on World Parkinson's Day (Wednesday 11 April).

Caroline's office has signed up to take part in the Parkinson's in the Workplace training from Parkinson's UK. The training aims to raise awareness of the challenges people with Parkinson's face.

The push for greater awareness is part of the charity's activity to encourage people to Unite for Parkinson's on World Parkinson's Day, as a survey found that 32 per cent of people with Parkinson's have been stared at in public and 11 per cent have been laughed at. In addition, 32 per cent of people do not feel that their symptoms are socially acceptable.

Parkinson's affects 145,000 people in the UK, which is one in 350 people in Gosport. With numbers of people affected expected to increase by a fifth by 2025, the charity is aiming to change attitudes about Parkinson's to make life better for everyone living with the condition.

Through the training, Caroline's office will learn more about the progressive neurological condition, the complex symptoms people face, as well as how to recognise and best support constituents with Parkinson's.

Caroline Dinenage MP said:

"It is shocking that people with Parkinson's face so many barriers, including being mistaken for being drunk, when out in public.

My office staff and I want to take the training so that we are all better equipped to improve the lives of everyone affected by the condition in Gosport and better understand the issues faced by those who come to my advice surgery."

Steve Ford, Chief Executive of Parkinson's UK, said:

"We are thrilled that Caroline and their team have signed up to our Parkinson's in the Workplace training.

Lack of public understanding can make simple things like getting the bus, going to work, or even heading out to the pub with friends daunting for people with Parkinson's.

That's why one small action like signing up to learn more about the condition can have a big impact on people with Parkinson's. We look forward to seeing the difference Caroline's support can make for their constituents in Gosport."

10 APR 2018


Local MP, Caroline Dinenage, visited the local Ladbrokes shop in Stoke Road to place a £25 charity bet ahead of the Grand National.

The Grand National is the world's most famous steeplechase and is watched by an estimated 600 million people across 140 countries and it is estimated that around half the entire UK adult population place a bet on the race.

Caroline said:

"The Grand National is one of those great sporting moments when the whole nation comes together.

I was delighted to visit my local shop to meet the staff and customers.

I was very happy to take Ladbrokes Coral up on their generous offer of a free £25 bet - I've put it each way on Blaklion - so I'll be keeping my fingers crossed on race day as any winnings will go to support local good causes."

Grainne Hurst, Director of Corporate and Industry Affairs stated:

"I would like to thank Caroline for taking the time to visit us ahead of the Grand National.

The Grand National is one of the busiest times of the year in our shops where lots of people go to have a small flutter and enjoy the racing. The Grand National is a great sporting occasion which we all enjoy."

The Grand National takes place on Sat 14th April 2018 at 5.15pm.

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