Since becoming your MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, Dan has always been a great supporter of Whitton United, which provides a great example of a valuable community asset that has harnessed the power of sport to bring people together of all ages in North Ipswich. Last week, he visited Whitton United FC for a meeting between Tony Bush and Terry McEntee of the Suffolk Sport charity and Lucky Singh from Whitton United, to look for ways to access funding for the club. Coaches at the club now look after more than 250 youngsters in its youth team, and the Club serves as a focal point of the community by allowing its clubhouse to be used for bingo nights, and other functions and community events. The club hosted its summer football tournament at the weekend, which saw 58 youth teams taking part, with bbq food and other refreshments on offer for everyone who attended.
Thanks to the efforts of Lucky Singh, the team at Whitton United and McDonald’s owner Mark Richards, the Club now has a new stand, a hospitality suite and improved function rooms. However, the Club is in great need of further funding for improvements such as new floodlights. The meeting was very constructive, and Dan is hopeful that the club can secure funding and continue serving as a hub of the local community in North Ipswich.
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Drug Treatment Services (16 Jul 2019)
Daniel Poulter: I congratulate the hon. Member for Manchester, Withington (Jeff Smith) on securing the debate. I agree with everything he said. I draw the attention of Members to my declaration of interest as a practising NHS psychiatrist and as someone who has worked in drug addiction, or drug treatment, services. I do not intend to rehearse the discussion on the lack of, or reduction in, funding for the...
Children and Mental Health Services — [Mark Pritchard in the Chair] (16 Jul 2019)
Daniel Poulter: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing the debate; he is making some very good points. As he recognises, CAMHS are the Cinderella services of the Cinderella service—mental health is still woefully underfunded in comparison with many other parts of the NHS. Does he also recognise that CAMHS recruitment is a real challenge? The August 2019 fill rates for higher trainees in the UK stand at...