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Petition to home office

Stop the Government's plan to split a student Paramedic's family

Sometimes when you meet someone their story stops you dead in your tracks. Stops you dead and you know that you have to help. This happened to me when I was working on an ambulance with a great guy who's on the verge of losing his house and family. I wanted to help so have set up this petition on his behalf, and I've asked him to write a summary. What follows is his story in his own words.  "I am a UK born British national and have been lucky enough to travel the world due to my UK passport and the doors in which it opens and the opportunities it affords. On these travels I met and married a Thai woman and moved back to the UK to return home and start our life together. We arrived with just suitcases having spent three months in France with my parents, and I worked as a postman to begin with in the North West. I loved it but the pay was not enough - even working two rounds - so we were forced to move so we packed up and moved again down to Norfolk to commence my paramedic training, an exciting transition and something I had wanted to do since Paramedics saved my brothers life. It is a much needed profession on the career, all about acceptance, protection and care to the highest standards at all times in the most difficult of circumstances. I applied to the Home Office to have my visas extended at a cost of nearly £10,000 for the right to remain in the UK and thought nothing more of it which is no mean feat on a student salary. I then recieve a letter denying me the right to remain casting aspersions on the fact we were a family. I am shocked at this and struggle to unravel the complex nature of the immigration case and its rules that no one seems to know. I even spoke directly with a family friend who is an immigration judge and even they were not sure on the rules as they change so frequently. We claimed asylum which was denied after having to drag my family to Croydon immigration centre and being denied entrance after waiting some 6-7 hours. We then had to go to Solihull for another interview and I was not allowed in the building, and nothing was recorded in the interview so I do not know what was said and done. This was also denied. In desperation I travelled to London to meet legal experts costing thousands more I do not have. Evwn with their help all we received was denial after denial. We have no right of appeal in their 19 page denial letter - they state that there is nothing stopping me from going back and living in Asia with my family other than the glaringly obvious facts that my career is here, my family are here the children only speak English and have only ever attended English schools, my wife does not work and does not claim anything, she is not allowed to drive and is constantly sent letters denying her health care. I work for the NHS, I pay my National Insurance just like all those who work and yet I am denied the basic things I pay into. At any point they can be taken by police to a holding centre and then removed to Thailand and banned from re entering the UK for ten years. For the past few years we have had to sign in at the police station each month with the children there most of the time.  We have done EVERYTHING asked of us for years, yet still we are not allowed to have a life.  The world is so small: people do not marry the person in the next village or town, we spread the net far and wide. My sister is married to a New Zealander and allowed to stay in this country, my brother married to a Filipino and also allowed to stay - why am I so different? I am at the end and we are about to have to move the children out of school (one of whom has dyslexia) and move to country where I have no job or income, no house, the children do not speak the language, I need a visa to stay and then only for 90 days and is on the Home Office's website as a dangerous country. As you can imagine I have been extremely affected by all of this: I have been medicated for stress and depression, I do not sleep well or eat, I am unable to do most things families do and have not been on holiday due to the UK Border Agency holding all our passports including my UK passport, I have been medicated for high blood pressure, I have had counselling all of which has proved fruitless, I have missed time off work and had to delay my progression in my career due to not having the concentration to do this to the best of my abilities, my wife is depressed, the children are affected as we spend all our money on lawyers and we can not afford to do any activities, I have been unable to even visit a dentist due to the money being spent elsewhere. I feel totally and utterly let down by my own country of birth. I would appreciate if you could share to as many people as you can and like and sign and show your support in this matter - it is truly devastating to us and will do untold damage to the boys' education" Please sign, like and share this petition. Nobody who dedicated their life to helping others should receive this despicable treatment  

Becky Connolly
507 supporters
Update posted 6 hours ago

Petition to Richard Wilson

Reinstate full access to the Harpsden playing field for local residents

Please sign this petition to urge Richard Wilson, Chairman of the John Hodges Trust For Harpsden Hall, to live up to the Trust’s primary duty and reinstate the use of Harpsden playing field for the local inhabitants. The playing field in Harpsden, at the bottom of Drawback Hill, which has been used by local residents and sports clubs alike for decades, has now become closed to local residents because the Trust has given exclusive access to AFC Henley. Local inhabitants have now been locked out from September to April, except for the small areas outside of the marked up football pitch. A tiny strip. And yet, one of the Trust’s primary duties is  “the provision and maintenance of playing fields for use by the inhabitants”. The Trust Chairman, Richard Wilson, says that giving AFC exclusive rights of access satisfies this duty –  we disagree. Many of you will have played on this field with your children and/or as children. You may have used, and continue to use this field for many recreational purposes. All that has now been officially stopped. The signs are about to go up around the field telling you to “KEEP OFF THE PITCH”. AFC’s Chairman, Trevor Howell, has already been patrolling the field, ejecting local residents. AFC themselves have two main sites – one by Tesco and now, as tenants, our Harpsden playing field – a field which is and has always been intended, by the terms of the Trust, for the use of inhabitants of Harpsden and surrounding areas. They are both locked up and unavailable for general recreation, exercise and fun outside of the AFC training and match fixtures. You can help to change this by supporting the call to reinstate free access to the whole Harpsden playing field for the whole year. The teams AFC use the field for are the U16 and U18 boys. This is a very narrow group of people – you have to be a boy, you have to be 16-18 years old and you have to be an AFC Henley player. Hardly representative of the makeup of the local population, their gender and interests. There is no objection to AFC or any other club using the field, but not exclusively. The field has been used by the local inhabitants for informal recreation together with sporting clubs for many, many years, all throughout the year. No club has ever exercised exclusive rights – they have been happy to share as have the residents of the local area to have clubs use the field. Nobody even thought about it being any other way. Did Richard Wilson, Chairman of the Trust ask the local inhabitants if it was OK to rent the field out under such exclusive conditions?  No! He, as Chairman, is therefore failing in his primary duty because the Trust is only permitted to rent out the playing field if it is not used by local inhabitants. Well, we do use it and want to continue to do so – the whole field – the whole year through. Please sign our petition. Act now to reinstate full access, or lose it. Map courtesy of Google  

David Brough
151 supporters
Update posted 20 hours ago

Petition to Mdm Halimah Yacob

Please improve our Public Toilets in Singapore for People with Disabilities

Dear Mdm Yacob, Re: Changes proposed for our Public Toilets for People with Disabilities We are writing to you to request for changes in our public toilets for people with disabilities (PWD), to improve accessibility and use of these toilets, for all people of various disabilities. Public toilets are an essential part in any community, and adequate provision is essential to participate in community and social life. Poor public toilet provision has a major impact on many people, more so those with poor health/disability conditions. Lack of suitable public toilets for PWD can have a negative impact on their independence and confidence, which can lead to poor health, isolation and loneliness. We request for larger sized public toilets for PWD. The size of our public toilets for PWD is currently too small to maneuver an adult wheelchair, and at the same time, have 1-2 caregivers assisting the person with disabilities. We are also requesting for larger and stronger change tables in our public toilets for PWD. Our older children with disabilities, who need to be laid down for diaper changes, are currently being changed on the floor of our public toilets for PWD. Not only is this undignified and unhygienic, but it is also unacceptable of a first-world country. The baby change tables in these toilets are too small and will not take the weight of older children or adults. Most baby change tables have a maximum weight of 9-12kg. The average 1-year old weighs 10kg, so even toddlers need larger tables. The elderly and adults with disabilities who need to lie down for a diaper change, have to endure sitting in their dirty diapers until they reach home, as there is no clean, hygienic place for them to change their diapers when they are out in public. Is it any wonder that the elderly and adults needing the use of an accessible public toilet, would rather stay at home, or cut short their outings, or decide not to venture too far from home? Singapore is currently looking towards improving the social integration of people with disabilities. We need to consider how people with disabilities will be able to relieve themselves and maintain their hygiene, in a clean appropriate environment, so that they will be willing to stay out for longer. One of the goals of the third Enabling Masterplan, is looking at the well being of caregivers. We need to consider what we can provide to ease the physical demands of handling heavy, older children or adults. We believe a hoist system in the public toilets for PWD will not only help in ensuring the safety of the person with disabilities, it will also protect the backs of caregivers. We can further improve the safety of people with disabilities, and the health of their caregivers, by having the change table to be height adjustable, to accommodate the different heights of both the person with disabilities and their carers. As a country that prides herself as being world class, and believes in equality for all, as stated in our national pledge, we should strive to ensure equality of access to public toilets for all people with disabilities, regardless of the severity of their disabilities. These are the changes we are seeking: 1. Larger sized toilets to accommodate easy maneuvering of an adult wheelchair, with space for 1-2 caregivers to assist if required.2. Sliding doors to ease entering and exiting the public toilet when seated in a wheelchair.3. Larger, stronger and height adjustable change tables, with safety-rails that can be folded up or down safely.4. A hoist system to support and safely transport people with disabilities, from their wheelchairs to the change table or toilet, and vice versa.5. A height adjustable hand basin, to accommodate both children and adults, either seated in a wheelchair or in standing.6. The new improved toilets in all public places, including but not limited to: swimming pools, hospitals, government buildings, malls, transport terminals, etc.   These changes are based on the standards set by the “Changing Places” consortium, for providing a truly accessible public toilet for people with disabilities: http://www.changing-places.org/install_a_toilet/design/changing_places_standards.aspx   If you agree that it is unhygienic and unacceptable for anybody to be changed on a public toilet floor in Singapore, and agree that our proposed changes will be beneficial for people with disabilities, and their caregivers, please take a moment to sign and share this petition in asking for Equality of Access to Public Toilets for All People with Disabilities, and help us build a better and brighter future for people with disabilities in Singapore.

Janell Lee
411 supporters