10 petitions

Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Theresa May MP, President of the United States

Make a change to the veterans support sector that will see veterans supported when needed!

We have veterans that are homeless, veterans that are job less, veterans suffering with mental health difficulties in Prisons and veterans taking their lives seemingly daily because of the lack of support shown by their government and countries who have been protected by the sacrifices that those who’ve served were willing to make.  Veterans deserve better than relying on charities and waiting for NHS medical and wellbeing support. Veterans who can’t see a way out other than to take their own lives should receive immediate support and treatment. Veterans need a change to the system as donations made to charities are not making it to the veterans who need it! Three of the top charities in the UK give 71%, 57.4% and 60% of the monies donated to their charities, to deliver support to veterans! this doesn't mean the veterans receive this value of support! It is absolutely scandalous! Charitable donations are being used to pay big wages and administrative structures and not supporting those who it’s been gifted and donated for. We need a change! Support veterans directly via Investors in Veterans and ExFor+ C.I.C. to aid in the development of a National Veterans Support Service delivered by ExFor+ C.I.C. who want to give service leavers and veterans jobs, education, future purpose and above all support to achieve their goals ambitions and the futures that they are able to work towards.  Help us make a change, because we wouldn’t be able to ask you to make a change if it wasn’t for those who’ve served you to protect your rights and freedoms!   

Simon Adams
122 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Helyn Clack, Bill Chapman, Helen Atkinson, Kate Shields, Ken Gulati, Claire Murdoch, Philip Hammond, Kwasi Kwarteng, Duncan Selbie, Dr Andy Brooks, David Hodge

Keep Blanche Heriot Unit at St Peter's Hospital Open

Blanche Heriot Unit at St Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey has been serving the people of North Surrey for 25 years but is now threatened with closure. The Unit provides services in sexual health, HIV and other areas of genito-urinary medicine with some 15,000 attendances in 2016. These include patients with other health issues such as vulva/genital dermatology, cancer and pre-cancer and chronic pelvic pain.  In addition to the clinics held at the Blanche Heriot Unit itself, clinics are held every week in 5 local prisons and at Royal Holloway, University of London. The Blanche Heriot Unit also provides inpatient HIV services at St Peter’s and works closely with the neonatal unit. The Blanche Heriot Unit is currently run by Ashford & St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust but is now caught up in a contract jointly commissioned by Surrey County Council and NHS England for sexual health and HIV services in Surrey. There was only one bidder for this contract - Central & North West London NHS Trust (CNWL). CNWL have committed to run the Surrey contract at a saving of £2million per annum over 3 years. CNWL have indicated that they will not be retaining services at the Blanche Heriot Unit but have given no indication as to how these services will be provided elsewhere to the same high standard and level of accessibility. The contract was due to start on 1 April 2017 but CNWL have already run into problems in the “mobilisation” stage causing Surrey County Council to extend the existing services at the Blanche Heriot Unit by six months. However this is only a temporary reprieve. The Unit, and the services it provides, remain under threat. The decision makers in this process have not engaged with, or consulted, the patients who depend on the Blanche Heriot Unit. This is your opportunity to ensure that the patient voice is heard. Sign & share the petition. Write to your MP. Make the case for the Blanche Heriot Unit and its dedicated, expert staff to continue to serve the people of North Surrey. If you would like to get more involved with the campaign contact us on Thank you for your support.

Blanche Heriot Unit Patients
3,115 supporters
Update posted 6 months ago

Petition to Sport Imperial, Imperial College London

Save St Mary's pool, Imperial College London

Imperial College London have taken the decision to close the swimming pool at St Mary’s Campus this summer after 80 years, citing the need for cost savings across campus services. With no prior warning or consultation senior decision makers at Imperial College and Sport Imperial have announced the closure of the popular swimming pool due to financial reasons and the supposed low usage amongst Imperial staff and students. Not only is this decision deeply disappointing, short-sighted and unjust but it is also directly opposed to Sport Imperial’s current strategy of promoting mental and physical wellbeing amongst the college community, encouraging participation and access to sporting and health facilities at all levels. Serving the community for the last 80 years St Mary’s pool is a vital asset to a wide cross section of students, staff, sports groups, former employees and students, local school groups, local church groups and the wider local community. The pool is a vital asset not only for its health benefits but also for boosting mental wellbeing amongst users and has hosted many sports groups including the synchronised swimming and water polo teams, who were recently relocated to the South Kensington campus. Established in 1930 as a facility to support students keen to stay fit, the pool also boasts developing the talent of international sporting stars. It is difficult to reconcile Sport Imperial’s current strategy with the decision to close the pool, which is one of the last remaining sporting facilities at St. Mary’s Campus. Their assertion that maintenance of the pool is financially unsustainable contrasts with offers of increased funding from local schools that regularly use the pool which have been declined. Furthermore Sport Imperial did not attempt to raise money by any other means, for example through extended opening hours, increased membership fees or by allowing the pool to be used by Imperial’s many student societies and sports clubs. Existing alternative facilities available to users at South Kensington and other College campuses are already at maximum capacity and are not a viable or practical option for the St Mary’s community. This proposed solution would also not help members of the public, or NHS staff based at St. Mary’s, on whom the college depends for its medical teaching and world-class research. There are many research benefits of Imperial College maintaining a campus alongside St. Mary’s Hospital. While it may be convenient for Sport Imperial to centralise its facilities in South Kensington, the decision to close this much-loved pool, echoing an earlier move to close the squash courts and sports hall housed at Wilson House, suggests that staff and students at St. Mary’s are at best an after thought and at worst an inconvenience, for whom the benefits of working and studying at Imperial College do not apply. A campaign group made up of regular pool users from Imperial, the NHS, local schools and the wider community has been set up to fight this move for closure.  Please support our campaign and save our pool. Danny Laydon, Research Associate in the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology states "I have used St. Mary’s Pool throughout my PhD and post-doctoral research, during which time it has been a wonderful resource and a hugely positive factor in my work life balance and health. It has also helped my mental wellbeing at times of family crisis, and other users have told me that it has been a source of similar comfort to them. I strongly believe that the pool has increased my productivity, and it being in the same building has made it easy and fun to exercise (it also provides a much-needed incentive to work on a Saturday). Through swimming at St. Mary’s, I have made friends from outside my own department and had the rare pleasure of participating in a shared experience with the wider community. The decision to close the pool is deeply sad, short-sighted and disheartening. I hope that Sport Imperial reconsider". Postgraduate student Sophie Korenhof agrees "the swimming pool at St Mary's is a good place to rest your mind in between study hours. It being so close is a big advantage, at South Kensington the pool can be quite busy". Nathan Godleman a pool users based locally to Paddington concurs “I have been using the pool regularly for nearly a year now. It is a special place and a real community facility. Over eighty years of continuous use! How much good it has done and continues to do for so many! Why threaten to close it now?” We the undersigned strongly oppose the closure of the pool at St Mary’s Campus, Imperial College London. We request that Sport Imperial reverse their decision and consult with St Mary’s Campus management to find sustainable ways to fund the facility and expand its use. Please also read the article in Felix:

Save St Mary's Pool Committee
2,949 supporters