Paul paid a visit to Asda on Molineux Way today, to meet customers on the Asda Mumdex panel and speak about issues of concern to them.
As well as meeting Asda's Public Affairs Executive and the store's Community Life Champion Liz Richardson, Paul met with nine customers and discussed various issues including the cost of living, utility bills, food banks and social housing, and was able to offer advice from personal experiences.
The Asda Mumdex has over 11,500 participants nationally and has been established to ascertain views on political engagement, voting intentions and opinions on key issues of the day.
"I think the Asda Mumdex is a great way of engaging with the public and keeping in touch with what matters to the public", said Paul after his visit. "My visit to the Wolverhampton store today was very informative and I welcomed the opportunity to hear people's thoughts and offer help where possible."
PHOTO: Paul with Community Life Champion Liz Richardson (fourth from right) and Asda customers (l-r): Marjorie, Kamika, Anthony, Jermaine, Eileen, Lisa and Helen
It is saddening that it has taken this tragic case to highlight the plight of Sikhs living in Afghanistan. Religious persecution and harassment has forced many Sikhs to abandon their homes and seek refuge elsewhere. It is these conditions, which are deeply distressing to the Sikh, community that led this group to take the drastic action they did. We cannot change what has happened, but we can help this vulnerable group overcome the trauma they have experienced.
Firstly, there is a pressing need to provide support and counselling to the group, including the thirteen children aged between two and twelve. I cannot begin to imagine the horrors they have witnessed and the ordeal they have been through. Secondly we must investigate the claims that this group we "trafficked" into Britain and who was responsible for their arrival in this container.
I am glad that officers here in the UK are working with Interpol, and other international authorities, to establish the facts of this distressing case. I will be writing to the Home Secretary today to ensure that this group are treated respectfully, considering their ordeal, whilst they speak to police and the UK Border Force. It is important that this saga is concluded as soon as possible to avoid any further stresses on these families.
Paul visited Life's charity store on Lichfield Street in the City Centre today, giving him an opportunity to tour the shop and learn more about the charity's work.
Life was established over 40 years ago and provides support to clients on a variety of issues, including pregnancy, abortion, housing, education and fertility care. The Wolverhampton shop also has a care centre for free pregnancy counselling which provides practical and emotional support to women and families in difficulty. The shop is run by volunteers, including the long-term unemployed who gain important skills and experience, and stocks, clothes, music, books, toys and bric-a-brac, amongst other items.
Paul said, "The Life charity is making a big impact in many people's lives, and I'm sure that many women in families in Wolverhampton can benefit from the free help provided in the care centre. I would encourage anyone who is facing a desperate situation at the moment to get in touch with the Life care centre".
Further information for the care centre is available on 01902 420083, and for the shop on 01902 420656. You can also visit Life's website at www.lifecharity.org.uk/caring
PHOTO: Paul with Store Manager Kathryn Wood (r) and volunteers (l-r) Angela, Becky and Sam
Paul visited the new Sainsbury's supermarket on Raglan Street today and was given a guided tour by Store Manager Paul Percox.
The £60m store covers 72,000 sq ft and has created 450 new jobs, with 192 being transferred from the old Sainsbury's store in St George's Parade. It boasts 700 parking spaces, a petrol station, an in-store café, recycling centre and gym, as well as an English & Maths Tuition Centre for youngsters. It is the second biggest Sainsbury's store in the Midlands.
Plans to build a new Sainsbury's store were first discussed as early as 2000, and despite a series of legal complications, construction work finally began last year and the store was officially opened last month by Merridale Primary School pupil Madison Rose Hawley, aged 10.
Paul said, "I am very pleased that after years of talking and planning, the new Sainsbury's store has finally been completed and opened to the public. It is a very impressive facility and I'm sure that many customers from across the city will enjoy coming here to do their shopping and making use of the other facilities available."
PHOTO: Paul in the fresh fruit aisle with Store Manager Paul Percox
Paul paid a visit to the British Heart Foundation's Furniture & Electrical Store today to meet with the store's staff and volunteers.
The Victoria Street store stocks unwanted household goods such as sofas, beds, dining tables, wardrobes and TV's, with all profits going in to the charity's fight against heart disease. The British Heart Foundation now has over 700 stores nationally, which last year raised over £31million for the cause.
Paul said: "It was great to pop in and meet the dedicated members of staff and volunteers that work at the Wolverhampton Furniture & Electrical store. The BHF is such a fantastic cause and the work they do is vital in the fight against heart disease.
"I'd urge locals to have a root around and donate any unwanted items to the store or give the gift of time by volunteering."
Further information on the work of the British Heart Foundation is available at www.bhf.org.uk
PHOTO: Paul with Store Manager Viv Harris and Sales Assistant Amanda Bennett
Paul visited Macmillan Cancer Support's mobile unit today as it parked up in Queen's Square ahead of a weekend in Wolverhampton.
Offering free, confidential advice and support to local passers-by, Macmillan's mobile information service reaches out to local communities and those affected by cancer. An estimated 1,243 people in Wolverhampton are diagnosed with cancer each year and often require medical, practical, emotional or financial support.
"I am very pleased that the Macmillan bus is in Wolverhampton this weekend" said Paul, who spoke with the charity's representatives about the work they are doing for the community. "Cancer affects many people and everyone knows someone who has been diagnosed with it. However I am pleased that treatment for cancer patients in Wolverhampton is improving, and I know that many people also benefit from the support Macmillan provides."
Helen Kennedy, lead Macmillan Information and Support Specialist for the unit said, "We were delighted that Paul came along to support us, and showed how passionate he is about ensuring people affected by cancer get the best treatment, care and support possible".
Anyone who feels that they can benefit from the assistance Macmillan offers can visit their website at www.macmillan.org.uk or call free on 0808 808 00 00.
Paul paid a visit to the Tesco Metro store in the Mander Centre today to welcome Tesco's fourth National Food Collection.
Running from Thursday 3rd to Saturday 5th July, all Tesco stores across the country now participate in the Collection which was launched in December 2012. In the last two years, 10.3 million meals have been donated to FareShare and the Trusell Trust who help feed people in need across the country. Tesco's collection last December, with 4.3 million meals donated, was the largest national food collection ever.
In addition to the National Collection schemes, Tesco also donate surplus food from online and fresh distribution centres to FareShare, which provides over seven million meals of surplus food per year to over 1,000 charities. 350 of Tesco's stores now have permanent collection points where food can be donated all year round.
"I was pleased to visit the National Food Collection today and congratulate Tesco on their success in this scheme" said Paul. "The large amount of donations received since Tesco initiated this scheme shows a strong sense of generosity and community spirit. I know that these donations will be very welcome to those faced with financial difficulties."
PHOTO: Paul with Tesco staff member Adam Sutton Jones (l), collecting donations, and Store Manager Terry Leary (r)
Paul paid a visit to the University of Wolverhampton today to show his support for annual Science Festival.
Running from Tuesday 1st – Saturday 5th July, SciFest encourages more children to become involved in science and engineering based activities, with A-level students, GCSE and Primary School children attending sessions across the City campus and talking to staff and students from the University. On Saturday, SciFest rounds off with a community day open to the public to experience scientific activities.
Paul met local school children on his visit today, participating in various activities such as finding forensic material, cracking codes and building their own video game controller.
"SciFest is a great way of getting youngsters engaged in science and engineering" said Paul. "I hope that the children and students attending this week will study hard in maths and science, and use SciFest as a springboard to launch successful careers in the future."
Paul attended the Armed Forces Commemorations today to pay tribute to serving troops, veterans, cadets and their families.
Joining with local dignitaries and members of the public, Paul watched the forces parade through the City Centre before attending an outdoor drumhead service in St Peter's Square. The parade took in Wulfruna Street, Princes Square, Lichfield Street, Queen Square and Exchange Street, led by the Pipe band of the West Midlands Fire service.
"Our forces to an incredible job and give us a lot to be proud of" said Paul. "Armed Forces Day gives us an opportunity to reflect on the courage, bravery and sacrifice of those who defend our country, and protect freedoms we often take for granted."
Paul visited Sunrise Senior Living of Tettenhall and Aldergrove Manor Care Home today to celebrate National Care Home Open Day 2014.
Taking a tour of both care homes, Paul had the opportunity to speak with management, staff and residents, and discover more about the services on offer. Paul toured Sunrise Senior Living, on Wergs Road, with Director of Community Relations Carrie Jahn, and learned about the nursing, residential and dementia care on offer. He also spoke with residents at Sunrise, including Bert Hazell who celebrated his 100th Birthday in January.
Aldergrove Manor Care Home, on Penn Road, is one of 234 care homes managed by HC One, and also offers dementia and nursing care, as well as respite and palliative care and a unit for young disabled people. Paul toured with manager Ann Norris and saw preparations for the "beach party" that Aldergrove was throwing to mark National Care Home Open Day.
"This day is a reminder of the great care facilities we have both locally and nationally, and a day to appreciate the many dedicated carers who work hard to improve the lives of those with mental and physical disabilities" said Paul. "In Sunrise Senior Living and Aldergrove Manor we have two great facilities offering a great level of care."
Further information on National Care Home Open Day is available at http://www.nationalcarehomeopenday.org.uk/
PHOTOS: (Above, right) Paul with Aldergrove Manor Care Home Manager Ann Norris and resident Bertha (Above, left) Paul at Sunrise Senior Living of Tettenhall with resident and centurion Bert Hazell
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