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Member of Parliament for Dudley North

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Dudley North MP Ian Austin is urging local people to support  Woodside Crafts, a social enterprise selling crafts to help local charities helping people recovering from mental illness.

He will visit their King Street shop on Friday at 13:15.

Woodside Crafts trains people to produce wooden crafts, such as garden furniture, which are sold to the public at their shop on King Street in the town centre. The project gives support as well as training to people with mental illnesses, to help them rebuild their confidence and develop skills for the future.

Austin will visit the shop on Friday at 13:15 to meet Martin Marston, one of the directors, and talk about the work Woodside Crafts does to help local people. He will have the opportunity to see a wood work class in action.

Ian Austin said:

"Woodside Crafts is a fantastic local project which gives much needed support to people who need it. I am really looking forward to seeing what they do in the training sessions and some of the high quality crafts which are produced."

Austin supports local charity craft project

Dudley North MP Ian Austin is urging local people to support  Woodside Crafts, a social enterprise selling crafts to help local charities helping people recovering from mental illness.

Dudley North MP Ian Austin is meeting with a Dudley surgeon performing life changing work for people who have lost their limbs.

Dr Viquar Qurashi from Russells Hall Hospital has developed a technique to recycle old prosthetic limbs and drainpipes to make new limbs for thousands of people in countries such as Syria and Pakistan, for a fraction of the price.

Ian Austin will be talking to Doctor Qurashi, a trauma and orthopaedic surgeon, on Thursday 24th April about his work which has seen over 3,000 people’s lives transformed. Each limb costs just £30, compared with £1,200 for the type given to NHS patients.

Ian Austin said:

“It’s amazing that these life changing limbs has been developed by Dr Qurashi here in Dudley. Because of his work, thousands of people have had their lives improved and can walk again.

“I am looking forward to meeting with Dr Qurashi today to discuss his work home and abroad, and talk about his great ideas to improve services in Dudley at Russells Hall Hospital.”

Austin meets surgeon changing thousands of lives

Dudley North MP Ian Austin is meeting with a Dudley surgeon performing life changing work for people who have lost their limbs.

Dudley MP Ian Austin has called for urgent action after new figures reveal a record 93,461 people used West Midlands food banks in the last year, including 35,425 children.

The figures have been released by the Trussell Trust which runs 400 food banks across the UK including 85 in the West Midlands.

Over 900,000 people in Britain have used food banks in the past year. The Trussell Trust reports that many users are in work, with wages no longer guaranteed to be enough to feed a family.

Austin has called on the government to do more to support families that are struggling to feed themselves.

Ian Austin said:

“Food banks like the one here in Dudley and the Black Country do phenomenal work, but this increase just goes to show our out-of-touch government hasn’t got a clue how difficult life is for people at the moment.

“They’re determined to pretend there’s no crisis but they have to face the truth – thousands of families in the West Midlands face a cost of living crisis and the benefits system is in chaos.”

Austin slams record foodbank demand in West Midlands

Dudley MP Ian Austin has called for urgent action after new figures reveal a record 93,461 people used West Midlands food banks in the last year, including 35,425 children.


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