Dan is a great supporter of Whitton United FC in North Ipswich and, since being elected as your local MP, has done all he can to help improve the club’s facilities. Whitton United looks after over 250 youngsters and sits at the heart of the local community in North Ipswich. It is also involved in many projects and activities which bring people, of all ages, together. Thanks to Dan’s efforts, the tireless work of Facilities Manager Lucky Singh and his staff, and the generosity of local businesses, the Club now has a new stand for spectators, a refurbished hospitality suite and a brand new pitch roller.
Last week, before meeting with residents to help with their problems during a busy constituency advice bureau at the club, Dan met with Lucky Singh and Mel Clitherow, Head of Reducing Reoffending at HMP Hollesley Bay in Woodbridge, to discuss a new joint project between Whitton United and the prison. Over the past year, the club has been successfully running a scheme which gives prisoners - who are nearing the end of their sentences and have unblemished records as inmates - the opportunity to help the club with essential repair work as part of a work placement project.
Not only does the project bring many benefits to the prisoners themselves, by enabling them to take part in structured work and to give something back to the community, but it also helps the Club to carry out vital and much-needed maintenance work. It has been shown that one of the most effective ways to prevent offenders from committing more crimes when they are released from prison is to engage them in work and Dan would like to congratulate Lucky Singh and everyone else involved in this excellent project. He looks forward to visiting Whitton United again soon.
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Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Addictions: Health Services (19 Jul 2019)
Daniel Poulter: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 8 July 2019 to Question 270772 on Addiction Services, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the number of medically-staffed inpatient detoxification beds in England; and if he will make a statement.
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...