Local MP praises work of Portsmouth based charity, WetWheels

Stephen Morgan with Geoff HoltA local charity has received a visit by the new Member of Parliament for Portsmouth South, Stephen Morgan, to recognise their hard work in supporting people with a disability or long-term life limiting conditions.

WetWheels Solent, who have their headquarters in Gunwharf Quays, build disabled people’s confidence by providing the opportunity to access the sea in a fun, safe, stimulating and rewarding way using specially modified, fully accessible powerboats.

With the support of donors and partner organisations they provide water-based activity experiences for disabled people on board our specially designed boats, from centres within local communities.

Stephen Morgan, Member of Parliament for Portsmouth South, said:

“Wetwheels is an inspiring local organisation where perceived barriers are reassessed, new skills are learned and new-found independence is discovered.

Geoff and his team are doing so much to encourage opportunity for all in our great city. Last year they helped over 1,600 people 80% of which have never been afloat before, worked with 48 different agencies and assisted people from all walks of life to build their confidence and self esteem.

It was great to pay the charity a visit to recognise the hard work they and so many other charities do in Portsmouth to make life better for all”.

Disabled people can face particular challenges developing confidence, self-belief, self-worth and independence.

Beneficiaries of WetWheels services are active participants, rather than simply passengers, with the opportunity to steer the vessel and learn seamanship, alongside their peers, friends, and families.

The visit to WetWheels was led by Geoff Holt MBE and DL, the organisation’s founder. Geoff, a sailor from the city, was paralysed in an accident aged 18. In 2007 he became the first quadriplegic yatchsman to sail solo around Great Britain.


Local MP opens new facilities as part of final preparations for new carriers

The Illustrious complex, part of a series of infrastructure improvements at HM Naval Base was officially opened this weekend by local Member of Parliament, Stephen Morgan.

The complex, alongside the jetty which will be the home to the new HMS Queen Elizabeth and latterly HMS Prince of Wales, is a new facility supporting management personnel and providing a range of amenities including catering, changing facilities and offices.

The visit also included a briefing and tour for the city MP by the Commander of the HM Naval Base, Commodore Jeremy Rigby as the Naval Base makes the final preparations for the arrival of HMS Queen Elizabeth next week. Read the rest of this entry »


Thousands in Pompey set to lose under government pension changes

Pensioners

Over a million people in the South East will lose out by £10,000 each under Government’s plans for state pension age change.

New analysis by the House of Commons Library has revealed that 7.6 million people will lose out by nearly £10,000 each under the government’s plans to bring forward changes to the state pension age. 1,066,000 people will lose out in the South East.

The change will affect all men and women currently between the age of 39 and 47, who will be forced to work a year longer before they can access their state pension entitlement. Read the rest of this entry »


Campaigning for better tower block safety.

Claire UdyClaire Udy, party member from Charles Dickens ward was out in Buckland this afternoon talking to residents about local issues and gathering signatures on our petition calling on Portsmouth City Council to install sprinklers in its high rise tower blocks.

Claire says:

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Stephen joins armed forces scheme

FullSizeRender-25 (1)Portsmouth South’s new Member of Parliament, Stephen Morgan, has joined the Parliamentary Armed Forces scheme.

The programme gives MPs and peers direct experience of the British armed forces and aims to improve the quality of the debate on military issues in Parliament.

MPs complete 15 days of service in order to graduate with a requirement to complete a range of activities including shadowing frontline personnel, visits to bases and key sites and meetings undertaken during parliamentary recess. Read the rest of this entry »


Residents right to ask questions on proposed sea defences

southsea-seafrontPortsmouth’s Conservatives have gone on the attack after local people have asked questions about the proposed sea defences planned for Southsea seafront. Read the rest of this entry »


STEPHEN MORGAN SLAMS GOVERNMENT AS POLICE REPORT LARGEST RISE IN CRIME FOR A DECADE

policeResponding to the crime statistics released today which revealed the largest rise in recorded crime in a decade, including an 18% jump in violent crime, Portsmouth South’s Member of Parliament, Stephen Morgan has warned that police officer cuts were “leaving our communities exposed”.
The overall figures released show that police numbers have fallen for the seventh consecutive year despite the promises made to protect both frontline policing and the budget in real terms.

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