0 Have your say I DESCRIBE myself as a proud Yorkshireman. I was born here, raised here, educated here and worked here. Before I became an MP, I worked for that great Harrogate institution Bettys and Taylors. I am also a devoted, perhaps obsessive, follower of Yorkshire County Cricket Club. That’s why I want passengers in Yorkshire to know I’m on their side and that I’m serious about wanting to see real and meaningful improvements so that passengers get the fast, frequent and modern railway they deserve. That’s important not just in Harrogate, Leeds and York, but right across the network. Tom Richmond: Time for Rail Minister Andrew Jones to prove he’s on the side of passengersI haven’t been in post for long, but this fantastic job has already taken me right across the country, and I have spoken to passengers and frontline railway staff everywhere I’ve been. Readers will know it is a very busy time for … [Read more...] about Andrew Jones: I am on the side of rail passengers – I’m not in the shadows
Young volunteers the benefits of community service
Looking at contemporary politics, it’s easy to feel a sense of despair. All across the world, we see a resurgence of racist demagogues, now rendered respectable by the embrace of the “mainstream” political right and much of the commentariat. Pauline Hanson, once considered beyond the pale, is now barely distinguishable from Peter Dutton and Scott Morrison. On the other hand, across the English-speaking world and to some extent beyond, young people have moved sharply to the left. With capitalism having failed them, many are willing to embrace socialism. But what does “socialism” mean? For the moment, it may be enough to define socialism as social democracy with a spine, as I have before. But to inspire the kind of movement we need to defeat reactionary racism, a positive vision of a socialist society is essential. This calls for a kind of utopian thinking that has been out of favour for a long time. That’s in part because of the failure of so many … [Read more...] about Socialist utopia 2050: what could life in Australia be like after the failure of capitalism?
St Barnabas House hospice is opening its doors to anyone looking for a rewarding volunteering experience. Even if you have only a few hours to spare, you can make a big difference to the Worthing-based charity, which covers the area from Southwick to Littlehampton and north to Steyning and Henfield. The hospice, in Titnore Lane, will be holding an informal volunteer recruitment open day on Friday, January 18, from 10am to 3pm. Parking is free and refreshments will be available.Mark Francis, voluntary services lead, said: “Volunteers are the backbone of the charity and I am constantly amazed by their enthusiasm and passion. We want to support volunteers in finding the right role for them and offer an induction to the organisation and full training. “The recruitment open day is a great chance for potential new volunteers to informally meet some of our current wonderful volunteers. It’s also an opportunity to find out more about the variety of different roles and … [Read more...] about Volunteer recruitment open day at St Barnabas House hospice to boost team that is ‘the backbone of the charity’
What did you think you’d be doing by the time you were 30? For these 30 people, the answer is changing the face of Liverpool and living the dream. Representing the best and brightest our city has to offer, Liverpool is full of ambitious young people who are transforming the city. From budding entrepreneurs to sports stars and campaigners - Liverpool’s young professionals are leading the way. We rounded up 30 bright young things, aged 30 and under, who are doing Liverpool and Merseyside proud and shaping the future of the city and beyond. John Bird and Andi Herring Liverpool loves a party - and Andi Herring, 26, and John Bird, 28, certainly know how to throw one. Each year, they lead the team of volunteers that organise Liverpool's Pride festival in their roles as co-chairs of the LCR Pride Foundation. Juggling their 9-5 day jobs around voluntary roles organising one of Liverpool's biggest events certainly isn't easy. Organising Liverpool Pride is a year-round … [Read more...] about 30 under 30: The young people changing the face of Liverpool
They are at the heart of our neighbourhoods, providing everything from crisis support and vocational training to karate classes and slimming groups. But for 14 community centres across Rochdale, the future is uncertain. Faced with the effects of swingeing cuts to local government funding, the town hall is considering proposals to halve their grants next year and withdraw them altogether from 2021. For users of the Burnside Community Centre, in Langley, Middleton, the potential loss of the facility - or a scaling back of what it can offer - would have a huge impact. It has supported families for generations. They rely on it. But staff aren’t preparing to raise the white flag any time soon. “We take quite a lot of children on from the Langley area, it’s quite a deprived area and quite a lot of the parents used to come to youth club as children themselves,” says manager Lisa Laryea. “I just love it, that’s why I’ve been here so long. Some parents … [Read more...] about A day in the life of a community centre facing possible closure