There are less than two years to go until the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth
Games, John. In just two years’ time we will play
host to the biggest event our region has ever staged.
It is a challenging time for the West Midlands and our country, but
Birmingham 2022 is providing hope and opportunity, bringing jobs for local
people and contracts for local businesses, crucial to our region’s
recovery post pandemic as we build back better.
The Games will be held from 28 July until the 8 August 2022 and will be at
the heart of an incredible summer of sport:
- 6,500 athletes and officials will attend
- 71 nations and territories expected to take part
- 19 sports with 8 para sports will take place
- 1.5 billion global viewers will tune in
- 10,000 volunteering opportunities will be created
- 4,000 local jobs a year will be generated
For job and volunteering opportunities or to register your interest in the
games and get involved, visit Birmingham 2022's website, HERE .
Birmingham not-for-profit organisations making a positive impact in their
communities can apply to take part in the United by Birmingham 2022
programme. Find out more about the programme and how to get involved, HERE
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THE TORIES' DECADE-LONG FAILURE TO TACKLE KNIFE CRIME
New analysis from Labour this week found that in the last ten years, knife
crime offences have increased in every police force in England and Wales.
This decade-long failure to tackle knife crime has seen offences involving
a knife rise to more than 3,400 here in the West Midlands alone.
In a third of forces, knife crime has at least doubled, with some of the
largest increases seen in Tory shires, like in Surrey, which has seen a
598% increase in the last ten years!
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PATCHWORK FOUNDATION AWARDS
The Patchwork Foundation does life-changing work in promoting, encouraging
and supporting the active participation of young people from disadvantaged
and minority communities in British democracy.
This week I found out that I have been nominated for the Patchwork
Foundation's MP of the Year Awards. I am honoured to have been nominated
and proud to be in such good company.
Voting is now open. Click below to find out more about the awards, how to
vote and the important work of the Patchwork Foundation.
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INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT NEWS
HALF OF ALL UK SMALL CHARITIES WORKING WITH WORLD'S POOREST SET TO CLOSE
WITHIN A YEAR
This week brought the news that half of all UK small charities working with
the world's poorest will be forced to close their doors within a year due
to a lack of financial support.
This is devastating news for small charities and those that rely on their
support around the world.
Small charities have their own unique experiences, relationships and
specialisms which all help play a vital part in our global efforts against
this pandemic and in helping the world's poorest and most vulnerable.
But they need to be properly supported in order to do that.