Dementia Awareness Week 21/05/2018 18:35:00......Posted by Helen Redfern
Did you know that it's Dementia Awareness Week?
In advance of the activities taking place this week, I attended last Friday's Dementia Awareness Day at Croydon Town Hall. In the Braitwaite Hall there were a number of orgnisations providing information about the resources available to help those with dementia. In the David Lean Cinema there were a number of presentations and I was fortunate to hear Hakeem Anjorin's talk that explained the various forms of Dementia and why people with Dementia act in the way that they do.
A couple of key points stood out for me. The first was the explanation as to why someone might forget how to make a cup of tea. We learn how to do that when we are younger over a period of time. We don't just make a cup of tea, we perform a long series of steps to produce that cup of tea, and forgetting one step can make the making of a cup of tea a difficult, if not impossible task. The second point was those living with Dementia may forget the facts of an interaction, e.g. who visited and what their names are, but they do remember the emotion (good or bad) that that visit evoked. It is worth making that visit even if the sufferer won't remember that we visited because the emotion will be recalled.
Many thanks to Hakeem for his talk and to Vivian Slattery for organising this event.
Croydon Hate Crime Awareness Week 14/10/2018 18:02:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern
Croydon Hate Crime Awareness Week is currently being hosted by Croydon Council and Croydon Voluntary Action. Yesterday I attended a panel discussion entitled, "Treating Misogyny as a Hate Crime".
It might seem that misogyny would only occur between individuals but the example discussed was Croydon Council not listening to residents in Thornton Heath who wanted to have a hedge cut so that it would not block sight-lines in a park. Reducing the height of the hedge would make the park safer and more accessible for women and schoolgirls who walk a long way round to school rather than using the park as a short cut.
I was really disappointed that the Labour councillors contacted about the impact of the hedge have been so disinterested in listening to and acting on the concerns of local women.
Riddlesdown Collegiate Quiz Night 13/10/2018 11:51:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern
Much fun was had last night at the Riddlesdown Collegiate Quiz, brilliantrly organised by the Friends of Riddlesdown Collegiate, with the quiz itself devised by parent Mark Cooper.
Thirteen teams turned up to test themselves on subjects such as Geography, Music and Sport. Much to our surprise, my team won by one point, We even won a trophy!
The aim of the night was for the Friends of Riddlesdown Collegiate to raise funds for the school. Look out for more events or, if you have an idea for a fundraiser, do let them know.
Maiden Speech 10/10/2018 12:16:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern
I made my Maiden Speech in the Council Chamber at this week's full Council Meeting.
I provided Members with a whistle-stop tour of our wonderful ward. There is much to commend in Purley Oaks & Riddlesdown but I ensured that I made the point that some residents feel as if they are under seige from developers knocking down family homes to build blocks of flats, and the impact of the Brick by Brick developments in our area. I'm sure we'd all like to believe that the needs and concerns of residents in all wards are considered when planning decisions are made.
Intensification of the suburbs 04/10/2018 22:00:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern
The consultation is now underway on Croydon Council's Suburban Design Guide Supplementary Planning Document (SPD2), otherwise known as ‘intensification of the suburbs’.
On Saturday 29th September I attended a public consultation at Purley Library which was well attended whilst I was there. Ward residents may be interested to see the proposals for Brighton Road/Sanderstead Road area.
Collection of Recycling Boxes 24/09/2018 11:16:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern
Many residents have asked me about the collection of the old green and blue recycling boxes which are to be collected by Veolia, the Council's contractor.
From today, Monday 24th September, residents should stack them by the kerbside with the lids inside. This process will take place over two weeks and the date of collection is unrelated to your usual waste collection day.
Residents are, of course, welcome to keep their boxes and I am aware of a number of organisations that are putting them to good use. With that in mind, if you are intending to keep your boxes, do ensure that they are not in vew over the next two weeks in case they are collected in error.
Resolving waste/recycling issues 12/09/2018 13:09:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern
Purley Oaks and Riddlesdown was amongst the first wards to receive the new bins so residents have had a long time to juggle finding space for both the old and new bins. Being the first to receive our bins meant that we were amongst the first to realise which roads and houses the new scheme wouldn't work for and meetings with council officers and residents associations helped to resolve many of these issues. However, as the Council's focus has been on getting the new bins delivered, those residents that have been told that their new bins will be removed, have had a long wait to see that actually happen.
I met with the Head of Environment and Leisure this morning as a couple of roads just haven't been resolved - a long dance of 2 steps forward and a different 2 steps back. I am hopeful that the situation in Hill View Close is close to resolution. By the end of the week I expect house numbers 1-6 and 31-45 to have had the new bins removed so that they can go back their exisiting arrangements, whilst house numbers 7-30 will keep 2 new bins and the use of their exisiting store cupboard bin, with the correct stickers.
Letters will be going out to residents in Montpelier Road today to explain that new bins, still mostly on the pavement, are to be collected and their waste collections will be reverting back to the Haling Down Passge entrances.
Young Runaways and Missing Children 12/09/2018 12:50:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern
Amongst my committee responsibilities as a Councillor, I attend the Corporate Parenting Panel and Scrutiny Children and Young People Sub-Committee. It's important for me to understand the topics covered by these committees so yesterday I attended the Public Policy Exchange symposium on Young Runaways and Missing Children. The speakers included academics, social workers, police officers and the Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Runaways and Missing Children and Adults. Much of the benefit of the day came from the experiences shared by the other professionals attending.
Obviously Croydon's experience is a little different to most authorities due to the high level of unaccompanied asylum seeking children that we care for. However, the day provided a good insight into the work conducted by the various agencies involved in keep our children and young people safe.
Eid in the Park 21/08/2018 11:39:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern
I had a lovely morning, celebrating Eid al-Adha in Sanderstead Recreation Ground. Councillor Badsha Quadir introduced me to a number of worshippers, many of whom I had met at Purley Masjid or knew from my children's school.
I had an interesting chat with the ladies who explained what was happening and we had a lovely moment when the sun finally broke through the clouds at the end of Salat-al-Eid, or Eid prayers.
Thank you to all those who were so very welcoming to me.
Councillors' Surgery - this Saturday 30/07/2018 15:01:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern
We hold our monthly Councillors' Surgery at Christ Church Purley, 863 Brighton Road, Purley, CR8 2BN between 10am and 11am on the first Saturday of each month - so the next one is this Saturday.
We will be in the café to the left of the church. If you can't see us, we will be in a meeting room with another resident so take a seat and we'll be with you as soon as we can.
If you have an urgent enquiry, you don't need to wait for the monthly surgery. Please email or telephone us between surgeries.
Waste & Recycling Update 30/07/2018 13:03:00.......Posted by Helen Redfern
This morning I visited a number of the roads from which I have received the greatest number of enquiries regarding the new waste and recycling system which will become operational in early September. Our ward was one of the first in Croydon to receive the new bins so for many residents the initial problem has been how to store the exisiting crates and bins alongside 2 new wheelie bins. I'm pleased to say that after the first surprise of seeing that many containers outside our windows, many residents can now see how they can make it work for them from September.
I invited Council officers to visit some of the roads for which the new system is going to be a challenge, in some cases an impossible challenge. I am pleased to report that Council Officers have been considering alternative solutions and we are currently awaiting confirmation from Veolia that they can work with these proposed solutions. I am hopeful particularly of alternative arrangements being made on the west side of Riddlesdown Avenue and those houses in Hill View Close with the very steep steps between pavement and front door that make it difficult to carry much more than a handbag.
The Cabinet member responsbible for this initiaitive has said that the system generally cannot take into account personal cicumstances, rather it should be what is best for the property. However, assistance is available for residents who would physically struggle with the bins and we have had some success confirming that assistance will be provided to some residents who already receive such help.
The last of the recycling roadshows is tomorrow at Tesco Purley between 11am and 6pm so do visit if you have any queries about what goes in which bin.
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