It was great to visit Bridge College in Openshaw last week to meet with the student council.
Bridge College is a specialist college for students up to the age of 25 with learning difficulties, disabilities and autism, and it was really interesting to talk to the staff and students about the college and what is on offer there. I was really impressed by the wide range of facilities at the college, which has its own hydrotherapy pool and sensory rooms. The support offered to the students is fantastic and I’m really pleased to have such a wonderful college in my constituency.Read more
Lucy was recently joined by Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt at the The Divine Mercy RC Primary School to see the work conducted by Place2Be, a children's mental health charity.
Place2Be is a charity that works with over 200 schools across the UK, providing counselling and support for children who may be experiencing problems in their personal life.
Lucy, discussing her visit, said that she believes that "early interventions, like the one to one counselling that Place2Be provides, can improve children's wellbeing and help them to achieve their potential both at school and in later life".
Lucy Powell MP for Manchester Central and one of the sponsors of an amendment to the Children and Families Bill at Committee stage to improve care and support for young carers has commented on a Government Written Ministerial Statement this morning on young carers. Lucy Powell MP said:
"I welcome this news from Edward Timpson MP on changes in the law to improve assessment and support of young carers. When I called for changes to the Children and Families Bill alongside Robert Buckland MP and Annette Brooke MP earlier in the year the Government weren't prepared to listen. It is good news for young carers across the country and a testament to the campaigning work of the National Young Carers Coalition that the Government have thought twice.
The Children and Families Bill reaches its final stages in the House of Commons today with Report Stage and Third Reading.
The Bill has been a long time coming and so it is perhaps surprising that there are a number of glaring omissions when it comes to improving support for vulnerable children and families.
One of the biggest gaps in the Bill is the failure of the Government to join up support for young carers. This Carers Week the Government has a chance to put that right.