From Andrew Gwynne MP <[email protected]>
Subject Denton & Reddish Weekly Newsletter
Date July 21, 2022 4:29 PM
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** Dear Constituent,
Good evening and welcome to a slightly earlier edition of the Denton and Reddish weekly news.

Tomorrow is the day of my Dad's funeral, and for those who wish to attend, I've included the arrangements below. A massive thank you again to all those who have sent well wishes, it's made all the difference to me and my family.

Turning to this week's edition, there's lots to update you on, as well as some brilliant community events taking place over the next few weeks - so scroll down to find out more!
🖤 The funeral arrangements for John Gwynne ([link removed]) are now made:

The service is at Christ Church, Denton (on Manchester Road, SatNav: M34 3RN) tomorrow, 22nd July, at 10am.

🚗 Parking is limited outside the church, but Denton West End Working Men’s Club have kindly allowed the use of their large car park. It’s on Grosvenor Street, a very short walk from the church. (SatNav: M34 3WN).

🍺 Afterwards we will celebrate John’s life at Denton Cricket Club ([link removed]) on Egerton Street (SatNav: M34 3PB). 🏏

Family flowers only. We would ask kindly that people make a donation to my dad’s chosen charities: Willow Wood Hospice ([link removed]) , The Christie charity ([link removed]) or Macmillan Cancer Support ([link removed]) . We have set up a Just Giving page to make this easier. ⬇️

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** Gwynne backs construction industry mental health campaign

Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, is supporting a new campaign by the Home Builders Federation (HBF) which aims to support those working in the construction industry with their mental health.

The construction industry workforce has one of the highest rates of suicide for any profession. Two construction workers take their lives every day, and the risk of a male construction worker taking their own lives is three times above the national average.

The HBF ‘Laying the foundations for good mental health’ campaign aims to tackle the stigma of conversation around mental health, and encourage construction workers to talk to colleagues and support networks for support.

Commenting on the campaign, Andrew Gwynne said:

“As someone who has suffered from poor mental health, I know just how vital it is that you keep talking and reaching out for support.

It’s okay not to be okay, and I’m proud to be supporting this campaign which aims to better support construction workers right across the country.

Sharing feelings and concerns with those around is a key foundation for good mental health. So, let’s start talking.”

For any construction worker in need of help, please contact the @LighthouseClub_ 24/7 Construction Industry Helpline on 0345 605 1956. It’s free, confidential and provides support on a range of issues. Help can also be received over text by messaging HARDHAT to 85258.

** Why students should be proud of what they've achieved - my weekly article for the Tameside Reporter

This week, schools across Tameside will break up for the summer holidays. I’m exceptionally grateful to staff at local schools for working so hard to keep our children and young people learning during a period that has been so disrupted by the pandemic.

Children and young people have had it really rough over the last two and a half years, and I think it’s only right that as we end another school year – and hopefully look towards better times – we recognise and congratulate young people for how they have reacted in the face of unprecedented changes to their learning routines.

Crucially, this year marked the return of A Level and GSCE exams, after two years of teacher assessment. I know that many students will be feeling anxious about how the pandemic will have impacted their grades. This is understandable, but it’s important to remember that there are many routes to success, and if exams don’t go your way, there are lots of other ways of doing what you’re passionate about. What’s important is that you stay positive and take a moment to recognise all the tremendous work that you’ve put in to get to this stage.

The pandemic hasn’t only changed schools, but our society too. As we rebuild, it’s so important that we help young people leaving school find routes into high-quality jobs. I know from my regular visits to local schools the sheer volume of talent across Tameside. If we want to build a fairer and more prosperous future, we must harness that talent.

How do we do that? By listening to young people and finding out what works for them. Some young people will want to go to University, others will want to embrace vocational training, or secure an apprenticeship. We’re all different, and our learning system should reflect that.

I believe passionately that there shouldn’t be a one-size-fits-all approach to education and skills. In fact, it’s something that I’ve challenged the Government on in Parliament on several occasions. If levelling-up is to mean anything, then it means embracing the diverse talents of people across Tameside, and developing an economy built on forward-looking skills and decent jobs.

The future is bright, then, for children across Tameside. I’d like to wish you all a happy and restful summer holidays and can’t wait to see what you achieve over the months and years ahead.
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Andrew in the constituency

** #BigBalsamBash with Friends of the Tame Valley 💚

It was great to join Friends of the Tame Valley ([link removed]) volunteers on Saturday for their #BigBalsamBash ([link removed]) on Jet Amber Fields.

The work of the group, which I helped to establish, is really making a positive difference to the area. Massive thanks to Rob Hardman and Chris Clarke for organising these events.

** Denton Community College's Summer Blast 😎

I then had an absolutely brilliant afternoon at Denton Community College ([link removed]) ’s Summer Blast.

This year’s event was bigger than ever!!! There was entertainment, rides, stalls, and lots of fun to be had.

Lyle had a whale of a time (and so did grandma and grandad!).
Andrew in the media

📰 READ: Thanks to the Heatons Post ([link removed]) for letting me write about my bid to reopen a passenger line from Stockport through Reddish South and Denton to Ashton Moss and then on to Manchester Victoria, as well as linking Rose Hill (Marple) to Stockport via Reddish South.

There's some real progress being made. The bid has gained cross-party support and made it through three rounds of funding applications. TfGM officials are now working with central Government on the next stage.

It's also a victory for Friends of Reddish South Station, who have campaigned tirelessly on this issue.

Read my full column here ([link removed]) . 👈
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Local author Leanne Brown has started writing a fantastic series of books to promote, help and raise awareness for mental health in children. Leanne wants to bring these books to schools, parents and organisations to help promote mental health in children.

You can find out more, including how to buy the books, on her website. ([link removed])

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