Madeleine Moon MP

Member of Parliament for Bridgend

My work in the community

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Bridgend Constituency Surgeries, 2016-2017

 

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Bridgend Alzheimer’s Society moved to new offices in May this year and Bridgend MP Madeleine Moon dropped in to see them last week.

The move from Glanrhyd Hospital to Bridgend Industrial Estate this year has meant that they have modern, larger premises which are more accessible for people. The new offices are in the old Health Authority Building in North Court Road.

Madeleine said:

"I had a cheque for the Bridgend Alzheimer’s Society after completing a parliamentary questionnaire and handed it over to Kerry Phelps Service Manager as a donation towards their activities."

Kerry and her Team explained that having received an award from the Big Lottery Fund they are now providing a Voice & Choice Advocacy Service and Befriending Service. Also another new support project Try Something New for people living with dementia introducing gardening, IT skills, cookery, armchair aerobics and arts & crafts.

It was good to hear that their other projects the Feel Good Cafes in Bridgend and Porthcawl were well established, giving an opportunity for dementia sufferers and their friends/carers to relax together and share information. Singing for the Brain was also going well, a stimulating and fun experience held in Nolton Church Hall in Bridgend.  Kerry also told me about Dementia Friends which was launched in February in Wales. Encouraging staff in businesses, hotels, voluntary organisations and doctor’s surgeries to undertake a training course which gives them a better understanding of dementia and how they can help support their clients.

To find out more details about the Bridgend Alzheimer’s activities go to the website: www.alzheimer.org.uk - Services in the Bridgend & District.

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Contact: frayl@parliament.uk

27 November 2014

Visting Bridgend Alzheimer's Society's New Office

  Bridgend Alzheimer’s Society moved to new offices in May this year and Bridgend MP Madeleine Moon dropped in to see them last week. The move from Glanrhyd Hospital to...

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This morning I spoke to Oliver Hides from BBC Radio Wales' Good Morning Wales about the emerging evidence showing the trouble the UK government is having recruiting reserves into the armed forces, but into the army in particular. I point out how the government's focus on cost cutting: losing regular forces before an effective system has in place to replace them with reserves is flawed. More also needs to be done to make the transition into the Reserves smoother, with some people waiting many months for medical assessments and stuck in the application system.

  • Watch here, section starts at approximately 02:38:50

 

Speaking to BBC Radio Wales about efforts to recruit reserves into the military

This morning I spoke to Oliver Hides from BBC Radio Wales' Good Morning Wales about the emerging evidence showing the trouble the UK government is having recruiting reserves into the...

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A News Release from the Office of Madeleine Moon MP

Madeleine Moon MP
Member of Parliament for Bridgend
47 Nolton Street, Bridgend CF31 3AA

Contact: Linda Fray : 01656 750002

Bridgend MP Madeleine Moon hosted a NATO event at Carnegie House last Tuesday.  Following on from the NATO Summit held in Newport in September, Madeleine invited Hugh Bayley MP, President of NATO Parliamentary Assembly to the Bridgend constituency.

Madeleine said:

I was delighted to welcome Hugh Bayley MP to Bridgend to give a talk on the NATO Parliamentary AssemblyI was pleased to see the event supported by pupils from the local Comprehensive Schools, as well as local organisations, businesses and constituents.

Hugh talked about the 28 NATO member countries, and how the Parliamentary Assembly worked and provided interesting information on defence spending and defence capabilities. Hugh was very engaging and following his talk there were many questions from the audience about current situations across the world that NATO was involved in.

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Despite the defence cuts Madeleine and Hugh explained that the UK has the fifth largest defence budget in the world ($57.0bn) with the United States of America as the first ($600.4bn), followed by China ($112.2bn), Russia ($68.2bn) and Saudi Arabia ($59.6bn). Questions ranged from the Ebola Crisis, cyber warfare, maritime surveillance and the Russian threat, the depletion of the UK’s defence assets and the future of the armed forces. Both speakers emphasised that with Russian military airplane incursions into European and North American airspace back at cold war levels this was an important time to understand the role of NATO.

Hugh said:  It was an excellent outreach opportunity for me to speak about the work of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly to an interested audience in Bridgend.

The event was free, but generous donations were received for the Bridgend Food Bank. More events are planned with the next being on 26 February 2015 with Joan Whalley MP talking on Climate Change.

 

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Contact: frayl@parliament.uk

13 November 2014

Successful NATO Event in Bridgend

  A News Release from the Office of Madeleine Moon MP Madeleine Moon MPMember of Parliament for Bridgend 47 Nolton Street, Bridgend CF31 3AA Contact: Linda Fray : 01656 750002...

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On 29th September the Work and Pensions Secretary Ian Duncan Smith, announced his plans for the next stage of the role out of Universal Credit.

The plan is for Universal Credit to be rolled out across the country to all Jobcentres and Local Authorities from
early 2015.

This will be a huge expansion in one of the government's largest and most controversial reforms. 

Universal Credit is intended to bring together 6 benefits and tax credits into 1. The new service is already being piloted in 50 Jobcentres across England, Wales and Scotland, and will be available in nearly 100 Jobcentres by Christmas.

Important Letter from the Department for Work and Pensions on Universal Credit

On 29th September the Work and Pensions Secretary Ian Duncan Smith, announced his plans for the next stage of the role out of Universal Credit. The plan is for Universal... Read more

From Porthcawl's coast, my welsh stone for Hands Across The Border's "The Auld Acquaintance Cairn". With only 6 days to go until the referendum, everyone in Wales, England and Northern Ireland that values our shared United Kingdom needs make our voices heard. #nothanks #indyref 

An opportunity for people of all nations and ages to come together and build a permanent and physical symbol into the landscape; in the lead up to the Scottish referendum, the Cairn is intended to act as a symbol of our commitment to stay together. 

The Auld Acquaintance has been built up over the summer, in a field close to Gretna (near the M6), on the Scottish border. For more on the project: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-auld-acquaintance-a-monument-to-togetherness

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6 Days to ther referendum - My Welsh contribution to the Auld Acquaintance Cairn #NoThanks

From Porthcawl's coast, my welsh stone for Hands Across The Border's "The Auld Acquaintance Cairn". With only 6 days to go until the referendum, everyone in Wales, England and Northern...

On the starting line in Monmouth with "Cycle for MND" on day 4 of their epic 1000 mile Lands End to John O'Groats ride, intended to raise much needed awareness and funds for Motor Neurone Disease research.

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Riding with @Cycle4MND to raise awareness and funds for MND research

On the starting line in Monmouth with "Cycle for MND" on day 4 of their epic 1000 mile Lands End to John O'Groats ride, intended to raise much needed awareness and... Read more

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Please find below an update from Natural Resources Wales that I've recently received regarding the silt and mud dredged from the harbour, being temporarily stored on the seafront:

Update on Porthcawl harbour Silt

Please find below an update from Natural Resources Wales that I've recently received regarding the silt and mud dredged from the harbour, being temporarily stored on the seafront: Read more

Attended a wonderful opening of Bryntirion Infants sensory garden. A big thank you to all who made this possible the staff, Governers, parents, pupils, Brynteg Comprehensive pupils, the school caretaker, Laleston Community Council and BCBC. A great opportunity for the children to learn outside of the classroom.

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Opening of Bryntirion Infants Sensory Garden

Attended a wonderful opening of Bryntirion Infants sensory garden. A big thank you to all who made this possible the staff, Governers, parents, pupils, Brynteg Comprehensive pupils, the school caretaker,...

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The national awareness campaign Carers Week took place in June across Wales and the UK. Having worked in social care before becoming an MP, supporting and raising awareness of carers is an important issue to me and on Friday 13th I held one of my surgeries in Bridgend’s carers centre.

A surprisingly large number of people in the UK are carers - one in eight adults in the UK, and over 18,000 across Bridgend County Borough care for someone. Over 2000 of those are unpaid, looking after family, friends or neighbours, often with minimal support.

Without the right help and support, the pressures of caring for loved ones can have a serious impact on physical and emotional health, work and finances. Therefore this year Carers Week focused on running the biggest drive to date to reach out to unsupported and unrecognised carers across the country.

Bridgend’s own Carers Centre, based in Park St’s Friends Meeting House, held a busy week of events, but it doesn’t stop there. You can find advice, information and support with caring in Bridgend at: www.bridgendcarers.wordpress.com/

 

  • Carers Week is an annual UK-wide awareness campaign which takes place to celebrate and recognise the vital contribution made by the UK’s 6.5 million carers. It is also a time of intensive local activity with thousands of events planned for carers right across the UK. In 2013 more than 2,600 organisations registered to take part in the campaign.
  • Across the UK 6.5 million - 1 in 8 people - are caring for a loved one who is older, disabled, terminally or seriously ill. As the population ages, the number of carers is rising fast. By 2037 Carers UK estimates that the number of carers will have risen to 9 million.
  • Carers Week is made possible by Carers UK joining forces with Age UK, Carers Trust, Independent Age, Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care, MS Society, Parkinson’s UK, Skills for Care and the Stroke Association.

Celebrating Carers Week 2014 at Bridgend's Carers centre

The national awareness campaign Carers Week took place in June across Wales and the UK. Having worked in social care before becoming an MP, supporting and raising awareness of carers...

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