It's a privilege to see our community spirit

It's a privilege to see our community spirit

In the past week, I’ve been overwhelmed by just how many people there are in Dewsbury, Mirfield, Denby Dale and Kirkburton, all doing great things to support others in our community. 

My first Health and Wellbeing Fair was a great example of this, and saw the Howland Centre in Dewsbury packed full of people offering a range of support for mental and physical health conditions; advice on healthy living or providing a service that improves health and fitness. 

With over 25 stalls, it was wonderful to see people chatting and sharing their expertise, and the clubs and groups that are doing fantastic work in our area.

My own experience working in the NHS before I became an MP taught me that it takes all the experience, expertise and compassion of innumerable people, all working to help people they’ve often never met before, in order to provide a successful health service – a source of great national pride for over 70 years.

And I see that same dedication and desire to help others in all of those local organisations and groups that do their fantastic work in supporting our local communities’ health and wellbeing, day in, day out. 

After the success of last week’s Health and Wellbeing Fair, I’ve got plans to hold a fair centred around mental health in the coming months, and I’m looking forward to another opportunity to work with our amazing local groups and charities. 

The health and wellbeing of our communities relies on all of these people, and their common endeavour.

I’ve been proud also, to see people working to cultivate a cohesive community over the weekend, as I once more joined some lovely Great Get Together events around the constituency in memory of the fabulous Jo Cox – to commemorate her life and to show that we truly have ‘more in common’.

It really is a privilege to see our community pulling together – this is when we are at our finest – and I’ll keep supporting all those who work towards these goals.

As always, if there’s anything I can do to help readers or their families in any way, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with my office on 01924 565450, email or write to me; Paula Sherriff MP, The Old Dewsbury Reporter Building, 17 Wellington Road, Dewsbury, WF13 1HQ.


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