Debbie spent the day at the Co-op in Cainscross raising money for the Great Western Air Ambulance. Pictured here with Charlie, the Critical Care Bear, they also visited the local nursery. Our Air Ambulance is totally funded by donations and it costs £6 to fly one mile and £50 to lift it off the ground to save lives in our local community. Have a look at what they do to save lives at www.gwaac.com
Following the sad demise of Stroud FM, Jess Bracey who was a previous presenter with Tea Cakes and Talk has launched her own community radio station. Bus Stop Radio is a multi media platform which Jess has pumped her own money into. Debbie having appeared on the show and sharing a liking of food with Jess was invited to the launch last week at The Black Book Café in Stroud. Jess and Debbie talked about the project and Debbie has offered to give a political input to the new station.
Anybody wanting to join Debbie in supporting this community project can contact Jess on firstname.lastname@example.org
Debbie said "The Great Western Air Ambulance is literally a life save for everyone and I do hope that I have been able to give the fundraisers some key people who may be able to help them raise the enormous sum they need"
Matthew was concerned that proposed changes to the Probation Service would have an adverse impact on the role of social enterprises within the rehabilitation agenda and was therefore invited to put his concerns directly to the Minster.
Matthew said “ I am so grateful Debbie invited me to this event. It was an amazing opportunity to raise my concerns directly with the Minster and I spent at least 10 minutes talking to him about the role of REACH and the positive impact it has on the lives of offenders and communities."
Debbie continued “ People often criticise non custodial sentances however community payback makes a huge difference. For low level offenders prison is costly and often detrimental, whilst community payback benefits local communities in a positive way and actually benefits the tax payer, as in the case of the replacement post on The Old Common”
Debbie as an ex Prison Governor really appreciates the role REACH has in changing offending behaviour patterns which will benefit the community and was really pleased she was able to help them