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Update posted 2 months 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
3,002 supporters
Update posted 9 months ago

Petition to The Rt Hon Justine Greening MP

Create a Mental Health Children's Premium for Schools

THE PROBLEM: 1 in every 10 children (that's 3 in every class!) has a mental health problem Suicide is the biggest cause of death for boys aged 5-19, and the second biggest for girls in the same age group Nearly a quarter of children referred to CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) are being turned away. Waiting times can be as long as 6 months for a first appointment and 42 weeks for the start of treatment. According to the CentreForum Commission on Children and Young People’s Mental Health: ‘State of the Nation’ report:  "Mental health problems are linked to premature mortality and can also be life limiting. Young people with an emotional disorder are more likely to smoke, drink and use drugs than other children; more likely to have time off school and fall behind in their education; and are more likely to earn less money as adults or to experience unemployment. As well as the personal cost, the estimated long term cost to the economy of mental health problems is £105bn a year. Some of the risk factors for mental health problems are common occurrences in young people’s lives, such as long term physical illness, bereavement and parental separation or divorce. It is therefore essential to have provision for early support and intervention when such life events that are potential triggers occur, to prevent longer-term mental health issues from developing. Unfortunately, the provision for early intervention and support is simply not there, as the report shows. THE SOLUTION:  If the system isn't working, we need to change the system.  Much more money and effort needs to be put into prevention of mental illness, rather than hoping that limited funds and resources will be sufficient once it's already too late and a child's mental health has been compromised.  Schools can access 'Pupil Premium' and 'Sport Premium' funding.  We believe that ALL schools should have access to a new fund - 'MENTAL HEALTH CHILDREN'S PREMIUM' (#MHCPUK)- for preventative interventions to be available to ALL children.  Schools will then be able to spend the funds in whichever way they feel is best to support their children's mental health.  They may wish to provide their teachers with additional training, or to bring in external programme providers, or a combination of any possible measures.  The important thing is for an annual amount to be 'ringfenced' for this purpose so that every school can support every child with preventative mental health interventions that will enable children to thrive and flourish in all aspects of their lives.  Not only is this a moral obligation we have as a nation, but it makes economic sense, too (see 'the problem', above).  Please help make the MENTAL HEALTH CHILDREN'S PREMIUM a reality.  Sign the petition and share it. Spread the #MHCPUK hashtag and spread the message. Improve children's lives in the present and in their adult future.   ANOTHER WAY YOU CAN HELP: We want to find out the views of parents, educators and others with an interest in children's wellbeing.  Can you complete this very brief ANONYMOUS questionnaire, please?   

RWS | Resilience Wellbeing Success
233 supporters
Started 10 months ago

Petition to Mark Crutchley, Fiona West

Stop another creche closing in Bristol this week.

Over the past 17 years, the Bradley Stoke Creche staff have worked hard to serve children and their families in a safe, welcoming environment where they can play and develop physically in softplay or playroom facilities. Closing it takes away their jobs. It also takes away the chance for parents, particularly Mums, to use the facilities, for a couple of hours each day, at affordable prices.  And some Fitness Staff at the facility use it too, whilst they earn a living. For two years I’ve enjoyed 1–3 days a week at the creche in Active Centre Bradley Stoke. Once I got over the parental guilt of leaving a young child, I've been using the space for exercise and doing work, and looking for more work, just what I needed.  The £3.6 million redevelopment of the Centre, funded by South Gloucestershire, has made the facilities a lot more colourful, inviting and exciting, especially for children.  If you keep it open you're supporting parents and staff with precious time to themselves. Physical, mental and financial wellness are all linked. And the wellbeing of parents can have a great effect on the wellbeing of children too. You show that #ChildcareMatters to you as individuals, as an organisation and the wider community. Simply talking to customers directly and responding to us would help. I care because I'm exploring how to make the workplace and business better for women and girls, building their confidence and choices. Most of my life I've felt like I don't fit in, and speaking up is helping me feel I can make a difference. The Creche Staff have been given notice that the Creche will close on Friday, April 7, 2017, due to financial losses. It is the second creche in the Active Centres Group to close (Active Leisure Centres across South Gloucestershire include: Bradley Stoke, Kingswood, Longwell Green, Thornbury, Yate, Patchway, Downend). This ‘Save Our Creche’ campaign aims to secure the future of this important community asset, not only for the families of children currently enjoying the creche - but also for future generations of children. We the undersigned urge Active Centres to reconsider their position on this and all the creches in your group. #SaveBradleyStokeCommunityCreche

Helen Farmer
46 supporters