This week is the first week of the Parliamentary summer recess, so it’s good to be home and be been busy with visits, meetings and advice surgeries around Cardiff Central. This week I also launched my crime and community safety survey, which you can read more about below.
I’m asking local residents to complete the survey, so you can tell me about your concerns about or experiences of crime and what you think needs to be done about them.
I’d be really grateful if you could take 5 minutes to complete my survey by visiting the link below. Of course, you can always raise any other issues with me as well – please just get in touch.
Homeless World Cup
I visited the 2019 Homeless World Cup being held in Bute Park, Cardiff Central earlier this week. The opening ceremony was awash with colour, sunshine and singing, we had rousing words from Michael Sheen and a brilliant performance by Only Boys Aloud and Samba Galez. I saw a thrilling opening game between Wales men and Denmark men that ended in a 6-6 draw and Denmark winning the penalty shoot out. It’s a remarkable event, with over 500 players, 64 teams and over 50 countries participating. The tournament finishes on August 3rd so pay a visit while you can!
Bute Park Nursery
Ever wondered how the beautiful flowers and shrubs in our Cardiff parks are grown and nurtured? I had the pleasure of a tour around Bute Park Nursery by Chay Sanders, Nursery Supervisor to see what lies beyond the walls of the Education Centre and Secret Garden Café in the heart of the park. As well as growing plants for the parks across Cardiff, the small Nursery team together with volunteers produce the amazing hanging baskets, funded by For Cardiff, that we see throughout the city centre as well as plants to sell to the public. Volunteers contribute around a thousand hours a year.
If you’re interested in volunteering please contact Meriel.email@example.com.
Thanks to Chay and his team for all the work they do to make Cardiff Central and it’s parks look so good.
Cardiff University have a pop-up science shop in the St David’s Centre (opposite the Apple shop) about the bacteria in our bodies and the world around us until August 11th.
I called in to meet the University researchers , learn about the bacteria that live in, on, and around us and how to use antibiotics wisely. A particular highlight was making bacteria from a swab taken off the back of my mobile phone. I’ll be checking the results online in a few days’ time.
If you’re shopping with children in town, I’d thoroughly recommend stopping by for a visit. The children there when I called in absolutely loved it. There is lots of stuff to keep children occupied and amused and everything is free of charge.
Schools Should be Supported in Teaching Same Sex Relationships
This week along with over 50 other Members of Parliament I signed an open letter co-ordinated by my colleague Emma Hardy MP on the teaching about same sex relationships in schools. Specifically, it calls on the Education Department to make it clear that schools will have an obligation to teach about same sex relationships. It also calls on them to state plainly that all headteachers will be supported in including that section of the relationships and sex education (RSE) curriculum in Primary Schools in the face of what appear to be co-ordinated homophobic protests based on conscious disinformation about the curriculum.
Schools have been disrupted, safety compromised and LGBT+ children have had to go to school through waves of protests that suggest that they should be ashamed of who they are. It is utterly unacceptable that Councils have had to seek injunctions to protect their pupils and teachers, and firm action is needed.
Keeping Roath and Adamsdown Tidy
It was great to be able to join volunteers from Keep Roath Tidy and Keep Adamsdown Tidy to support their amazing work keeping our area clean and litter free. There’s now a cupboard based in Penylan Library, stocked full of bags and equipment ready for anyone who fancies running a spontaneous litter pick!
Both of these groups run exclusively off the hard work of dedicated volunteers, if you’d like to get involved you can find out more here.
Show Racism the Red Card Staff Meeting
I dropped in to speak to staff at Show Racism the Red Card Wales ahead of their ‘wear red day’ this year. I was pleased to speak to them about my work as Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Racism in Football and what I can do to support their excellent anti-racism education campaigning in the year ahead.
I’ve spent my Friday running another busy surgery in Rhydypennau Library, specifically focused on crime and community safety along with local PCSO Laura Rhoden. I also paid another visit to the Homeless World Cup in Bute Park, and spoke to organisations in Cardiff working proactively to end homelessness. If you have a spare moment tomorrow, pop down to Bute Park yourselves because it’s the final day!