• Sign language for all children in School.
    It's important because I feel in sign language is essential for us all to learn and when your a child to learn sign language would become second nature. . I am hearing but I can't sign. I feel like this makes the deaf community isolated especially in a work environment. If sign language was as important in schools as Maths and English I think this would be amazing.
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    Created by Vicki Jackson
  • Feminine hygiene: Make menstrual products free
    The study, commissioned by Menstrual cup brand Intimina, found a woman spends £10.24 per month on menstrual products adding up to £4,916 during an average reproductive lifetime – 12 to 52. Yet, adult women also suffer from period poverty and the study found that half of the 2,000 18 to 55-year-old women surveyed reported experiencing it. Period poverty in the UK is not a new thing, but it’s something that has come to the forefront of conversation over the past couple of years – starting with activist As well as leaving women out of pocket, menstrual products are also harming the environment. Women in the UK use an average of 11,000 disposable menstrual products during their reproductive lifetime. This results in tampons, pads and panty liners producing more than 200,000 tonnes of waste per year, which can take centuries to biodegrade.
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    Created by Kirsty Humphrey
  • Please ensure that GPs in NHS Surrey Heartlands CCG complete training in the Menopause
    Menopause affects half of all patients GPs see on a day to day basis but sadly many women do not receive the support they so desperately need. 1 out of 4 women experience debilitating symptoms that affect their quality of life, with many giving up work or reducing their hours in order to cope. 50% of menopausal women say they feel depressed and are often misdiagnosed and given antidepressants. One third of women visiting their GP are not even made aware of HRT. Many women are incorrectly denied HRT due to existing or family health concerns. Many women are fearful of asking for HRT because of the widespread belief that it causes breast cancer, thanks to the headlines from 2002 when a flawed study incorrectly stated there was a link. Despite the study being discredited, this belief has continued to this day. As a result of these misunderstandings, only 1 in 10 women choose to use HRT. My experience of menopause started around 10 years ago and I consider myself to be in the 25% of women who experience debilitating symptoms that can change lives. I have experienced a myriad of symptoms, many of which I consulted various GPs about, resulting in x rays, ultrasounds, heart monitors and antidepressants. Not once was menopause mentioned. Despite my request for HRT to help with hot flushes and night sweats, I was advised not to use it because of the increased risk of breast cancer. Two years ago my symptoms became considerably worse, so again I sought HRT, this time successfully, but my GP was unfamiliar with the up to date products I should have been prescribed and gave incorrect information. I ended up having to pay a private Menopause Specialist for correct dosages. I have since developed a chronic condition related to menopause that so far no GP has been able to help me with. The right advice early on would have made a huge difference, but sadly it wasn’t forthcoming. Instead, it has taken many expensive appointments with private specialists to try and improve my health and I am still struggling. Luckily, I can afford to pay for expertise but many women do not have this financial luxury. Instead, they continue to suffer having been refused HRT by their NHS doctor, and have nowhere else to turn for help. My struggle has lasted about 10 years so far, but how much misery could have been avoided if even one of my GPs was fully up to date on research, symptoms and treatment? Unfortunately, experiences such as mine are all too common, and something needs to change. The frustrating thing is that HRT is so beneficial and can protect women from many chronic conditions including dementia, heart disease, Alzheimers, colon cancer and osteoporosis. Surely we should be encouraging all women to think about using it to help them live longer, healthier lives? The financial savings to the state would be huge in terms of reduced health care costs. Employers would also benefit from having highly skilled women stay in their workforce instead of losing them as they struggle to cope with their symptoms. And of course the benefits to the women themselves and their families would be huge. Menopause affects everyone. On 13 May 2021 I was shocked to read that a survey of 33 university medical degrees, carried out by menopause campaigner Diane Danzebrink, revealed that 41% of the courses did not have any menopause education on the curriculum. How many medical students are therefore leaving without any knowledge of the menopause at all? Some will go on to specialise in general practice where I believe the menopause module of their training is voluntary. How many newly qualified GPs take up positions in the community, in our area, with no knowledge or training whatsoever? I find it staggering in this day and age that the needs of women are deemed so unimportant that doctors are not required to complete training on the one thing that affects all women. I’m sure if something affected the health and well being of every single man in the population that a solution would have been found long ago. We are therefore asking you to do everything in your power to improve the training given to our GPs. A woman needs to be able to go to her GP and receive up to date and accurate information about the menopause, its symptoms and how it can be managed, in order to improve the quality of her life and long term health. The Menopause Charity has just been launched and its goal is to provide up to date information to women, GPs and other health practitioners. For the next year they are giving away one free place per GP practice on an accredited professional development course called, ‘Confidence in the Menopause’. I urge you to request that all GP practices take full advantage of this offer to ensure that there is at least one menopause specialist in every practice as soon as possible, and that other GPs are required to complete the training over the course of the year. This would be an excellent step forward which would impact positively on all the women within your region and on your budgets. For more information the link is below. https://www.themenopausecharity.org/training/ Thank you so much for reading this. We hope you agree that the training of our GPs in this very important and much neglected area needs to be addressed. Cate O’Neill
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  • We need a COVID Rent debt fund
    Right now, an estimated 353,000 private renters are in arrears. Rent arrears have doubled since the beginning of Covid, and time is running out for the Government to prevent a homelessness crisis. Private renters are struggling because of the pandemic, and the Government has not offered enough enough support for those who have lost income. We need a Covid Rent Debt Fund to clear arrears, so that they cover average rents. Otherwise, thousands of renters will be extremely vulnerable to losing their homes, relying on their local councils to be rehoused, and risking homelessness, in just a couple of weeks’ time. Why we need a covid rent debt fund now. On 1 June the ban on bailiff evictions, which have been in place during the lockdowns, will be lifted. The courts have been processing evictions since September, which means that thousands of tenants will start being made homeless by mid-June. 60% of private renters had no savings at the start of the pandemic and a further 18% have had to use savings to pay their rent in the past year. How can these families and households afford to pay the rent, when they have experienced drops in their incomes, redundancies or a loss of business? The simple answer for many is they cannot. To make matters even worse, for the record number of people who now rely on Universal Credit because of the pandemic, many are now finding that benefits are not enough to cover the rent. People like Gareth from Worcestershire have had no choice but to fall into debt. He contacted us in April to tell us his story. “Since April 2020 my contracting business hit a full stop and I have been without income since that time… After 8 months I explained the situation to my rental agent who offered a slightly reduced monthly payment but still to be owed. So no benefit, just additional debt.” Renters are one of the most economically vulnerable groups in the country, and yet the Government still has not offered them more support. We need COVID rent debt fund.
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    Created by Tilly Smith
  • Free Travel PCR Tests for NHS and Health & Social Care Workers
    As frontline keyworkers all NHS and Health & Social Care Workers have faced unprecedented challenges throughout the Coronavirus pandemic. They have placed themselves and their families at risk to provide care and support to their patients, residents and service users. The least they can expect is to be in a position to use their routine NHS PCR test for travel purposes thus preventing them for incurring the cost of private PCR Testing.
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    Created by Joanne Fogg
  • Change dog restrictions on Exmouth beach
    Exmouth and the surrounding areas have a huge doggy community with many households owning one or more dogs. The beach lies empty for many months while we all have to find other suitable open spaces for us to exercise them on. Not everyone has a car so they are unable to go further afield to walk their dogs. The dog areas on the beach currently are only sufficient spaces to exercise our dogs when the tide is out, we can’t all plan our walks around the tides. Exmouth is a popular holiday destination and now more than ever people are holidaying here in the UK, we would attract more holiday makers if our beach had restrictions in line with the Cornish beaches. Surely this is a good thing, brings more revenue to our town.
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    Created by Annie Chung
  • Ban the export of plastic waste from the UK
    Stop transferring a waste problem to other countries. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-57139474
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    Created by Allan Kerr
  • STOP THE URBANISATION OF THE MANHOOD PENINSULA
    Due to 70% of Chichester District Councils land being in the South Downs National Park or AONB areas which are protected against development - this leaves the coastal plain and the rural villages of the Witterings, Earnley, Bracklesham and Birdham to be overloaded with excessive numbers of new housing developments with no infrastructure to support development. The current system for providing affordable housing does not work. Developers are building houses that are not affordable. The Manhood Peninsula is the last undeveloped coastal hinterland between Southampton and Brighton - that's its overriding value in terms of one the biggest growing areas of the tourism sector - green and outdoor tourism. The peninsula contains some of the south’s most important wetlands and is one of the most vulnerable stretches of coastline when it comes to climate change impact. Long term holistic planning is critical to its environmental and economic future. The government and the District Council need to recalculate the housing numbers on the Manhood before development devastates this unique and beautiful area that people choose to visit for its rural nature.
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    Created by Melissa Smith
  • Hag Fold Road Safety
    This is important as we have asked many times to put in measures to improve road safety where children play and go to school. The roads around Devonshire Road Park and the two primary schools are seeing speeds well in excess of the 20mph speed limit.
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    Created by Stuart Gerrard
  • Day of Note
    To Honour the Children who were committed to the Industrial Schools in Ireland.
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    Created by Christopher Heaphy
  • Fleetsbridge skatepark
    Because many kids teens and adults alike are getting into skateboarding after lockdown and the closest skatepark is a small old metal park which is mostly made for more experienced skaters. Alot of us will benefit from it.
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  • Remove the plastic grass and support biodiversity and community.
    The Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act (2006) requires all public authorities to have regard for conserving biodiversity in the exercise of their functions. Planning policies and decisions should minimise impacts on and provide net gains for biodiversity. Artificial grass holds no biodiversity net gains. Burrowing insects, such as solitary bees can’t get past the membrane, and worms beneath the soil are compromised and unreachable by consumers within each habitat community. This is likely to have a negative impact on local bird populations and other consumers, as the food source within the food chain is being reduced and/or removed. Britain’s bees are in trouble with 35 UK bee species under threat of extinction. The implications of this on human food sources, are colossal. We need to be enhancing bee’s habitats and feeding ground, not destroying it. The health of each planter ecosystem is threatened, as a plastic environment is not life sustaining. Though seemingly small, this could have far reaching, negative impact. Harrogate Borough Council’s Carbon Reduction Strategy highlights the damaging effects of climate change and refers to the UK Climate Change Act 2008, which sets the legally binding UK-wide carbon budget. The removal of living flora has removed carbon sequestration and biodiversity. The use of artificial grass provides no biodiversity benefits, furthermore its production and degradation add to carbon emissions. Though this artificial grass may be possible to recycle, the financial and environmental costs of this have not been considered. Though it may be long-lasting, the threat to human health via micro plastics washing into local drainage systems; carcinogenic substances present, and possible burn hazards in hotter temperatures, has not been considered. Key points within the HBC Carbon Reduction strategy include: ‘The council has a corporate responsibility both as a large employer and a community leader to take action to reduce emissions.’ The removal of flora, use of plastic and lack of community consultation and engagement has directly contradicted this point. Priority 4 states to ‘eliminate all single-use plastic from their premises where possible.’ The use of this plastic grass was completely avoidable. Had the council consulted with the public, many alternative options could have been explored, supporting community involvement and well-being. With much research on nature supporting emotional well-being, and considering the current lockdown and rise in mental health concerns, engaging community with outdoor, nature-based activities should be a priority for our council. We believe in community and unity. Together, we are capable of truly wonderful things. We need a council that works with the community and supports community engagement. Considering the legally binding aspects mentioned above; biodiversity net gain and carbon reduction should be a priority for our council. The natural world provides us with water to drink, air to breathe, and food to eat. Everything is linked and everything we do matters. We must protect the environment for moral and economic reasons. We need more habitats, not more plastic.
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    Created by Sarah Gibbs