I was back in Burnley for Easter recess and had a busy week out and about in our town.
I was fortunate enough to go to the Rainbow Trust Drop-in Group in Preston to meet some of the Burnley families this incredible facility supports. I was very impressed with the support on offer and was able to meet the director of care services.
I then had several constituent appointments and a meeting with Mark Crabtree, who is a major part of the Burnley Bondholders. Like myself, he is committed to bring more investment and jobs to the town. We are both concerned about the careers advice currently being given to primary school children, particularly those who are nine, 10 and 11. There has been the realisation that children are not getting adequate advice and I am working with the bondholders to try to formulate a plan that can be introduced to do something about this concerning issue.
We were fortunate enough to have the health minister, Jane Ellison in Burnley. I was delighted to go along to see two incredible projects we have going on in Burnley. We first went to Red Rose Recovery and joined a group working with recovering drug addicts and went along to their current project of cleaning the river in Towneley. It was incredible to see the direction that can be given by such tasks and it was evident the great work they are doing.
The minister also had the opportunity to visit Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale Council for Voluntary Service and see their “health trainer champions” project which too was very impressive.
I also went to a dinner at the Rotary Club where they wonderfully presented me with a cheque for the scanner appeal. I am grateful to all their hard work to raise this money.
On Easter Sunday I went to St Catherine’s Church for a lovely service with Fr Roger Parker. I hope everyone enjoyed celebrating Easter with their families and friends and perhaps an Easter egg or two.