Hucknall Labour Party member, Louise, is the CEO of the charity Sharewear Clothing Scheme. Sharewear provides those in need with emergency clothing, shoes and bedding across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. Sharewear has continued to support those in crisis through the pandemic - read Louise's blog below.
In the very week that Sharewear Clothing Scheme turned 6 years old I found myself all alone, surrounded by unprocessed donations of clothes, shoes and bedding at our main base in Daybrook, Nottingham. “Now what?” I thought to myself. Since founding the registered charity in 2014 I’d faced many challenges and, alongside our incredible team of dedicated volunteers, we had come through them all to support 23000 people. But this was a crisis like no other. I’d stood all 30 volunteers down in line with government guidelines but had made my position clear with our board of trustees that, as a poverty alleviation charity that exists to help people through crises, the last thing we should do was shut down.
The reverse happened. Our twofold system of operating continued. Normally around 40% of those we serve browse and access clothes by strict referral at our base, and 60% are supported through our bulk outreach deliveries to major organisations across Nottinghamshire. During the next few weeks all of our work saw me on the road in our van, delivering 3 times as much as usual to some of our outreach partners: Framework, Opportunity Nottingham, Probation Services, Remar Nottingham, and NUH Hospitals. Even organisations that don’t usually need our support, like Emmanuel House, turned to us because their usual donation systems were suspended. The most pressing issue was fulfilling our obligation to 13 wards at the QMC and City Hospitals, whose monthly delivery was at the start of April. At the same time as this, our plans to serve a wider area became accelerated and we were soon making deliveries to existing and new outreach partners in Sheffield and Lincolnshire.
After a couple of weeks a few of our volunteers asked if they could come back and support, and two Hucknall friends added extra help. By now we were also providing clothes and bedding to support workers and social workers at the door, who had placed orders in advance for the vulnerable individuals and families they continued to support. Soon, as a few more low-risk volunteers came back in stages, Sharewear began to more closely resemble its normal self.
Meanwhile, throughout all of this time, people were having clear outs at home or already had donations ready to go. With charity shops closed, even more people than usual wanted to donate stock to us. This was perhaps the biggest challenge of all. We couldn’t safely let people drop donations at base, partly because we were operating random, flexible and extended hours to meet the delivery need above. So, we introduced the system of pavement pickups, and Hucknall was one of the first areas to come out en masse to support us, donating a vast amount of quality clothing and bedding. Even Community Union at HMP Lowdham Grange had a mass collection, and we were glad to pick up toiletries for Framework for their emergency drive, as a helping hand in unprecedented times. The support across Notts from pavement pickups was so overwhelming that very soon we were glad of the offer of support from Notts Fire and Rescue Service, whose firefighters at Arnold Fire Station spent their watch processing donations.
The greatest tribute to those selfless volunteers and supporters who had got us as far as our 6th birthday at the start of this period, was the way in which we responded to the crisis for those who are already deep in crisis themselves. I’d like to say a massive thank you to all those who supported our work for those 12 weeks, and continue to do so.
Sharewear is currently fundraising for a Sheffield referral base - please support them if you can here.
Ria is one of our newer members at Hucknall Branch Labour Party. She has been getting stuck in to the community to help out those most in need in our Town. Read her blog on how and why she has been organising and volunteering throughout the pandemic.
When the lock-down was in place, our community pulled
together and created a group to assign streets to each volunteer, to shop,
collect prescriptions etc, which I’ve been doing for several streets. I’ve met
some really amazing people. I also volunteered for the food bank. My thought was,
as I’m already out for several families, it made sense to include food bank
I also saw several carer’s begging for toiletries for care homes, so, I’ve been collecting, buying and delivering to every care home and hospice in our local community. The virus has reinstated my faith in community spirit – I’ve spoken to several other volunteers, making new friends whilst helping others.
I’ve spoken to many people I may never have met, who have now become friends. Volunteering as the street lead and food bank was the only thing I could do to support my community and I’m very proud of the way everyone pulled together!
Dave has been a member of the Labour Party since 2016 and has recently become active in Hucknall Branch Labour Party. Read his blog on how and why he produced PPE for front-line workers below.
From the very first week of the UK transitioning from "wash your hands" to "Stay at Home" I could see what was coming for the NHS - a widespread shortage of PPE equipment - just as the viral spread hit its peak.
Italy and Spain (at that point two weeks ahead of us) were already relying on protective equipment provided by members of the public, as official supplies had run dry. Spurred on by this, I felt it was a good time to get a jump on things, and using a design already being produced by makers across Europe, I diligently fired up my 3D printer, for what was to be the start of several weeks of 24/7 printing frames, that I would then pair with PVC visors to produce face shields to be distributed to where was needed.
Two weeks later, I had invested over £100 of my own money in materials and was providing much-needed safety equipment to local GP surgeries, care homes and hospitals just as shortages began to hit. By that point, I had already distributed just shy of 250 face shields to local GP surgeries, hospitals across the UK, care homes, and frontline key workers.
Unfortunately, my funds were not limitless and had just been placed on furlough for the foreseeable future, with redundancy sadly almost certain. With that in mind, I was nudged by friends to start crowdfunding to allow me to continue.
I wanted folk who donated to know exactly where their money was going, so set out a clear list of my goals, and what would happen to any money left over when the need for printing protective equipment came to an end.
So I diligently started spreadsheet documenting any spending of donated money, and what it was being used for to ensure complete transparency, and over the course of a week, had raised in excess of £1400. This allowed me to invest in a second 3D printer, doubling my production capacity, alongside covering the costs of raw materials, and postage of items to where was needed.
Sadly, after only a few more weeks of production, I was forced to shut down my manufacturing, as, after seven weeks of hundreds of makers across the UK producing PPE to plug the significant gaps in supply, the BSI (responsible for CE certifying PPE equipment in the UK) decided they were going to crack down, and effectively stop the whole community of makers, unless we wanted to risk significant fines and the possibility of personal prosecution.
In the time I was able to print, however, I was thankfully able to produce a total of just over 400 face shields and an around 100 ear savers, for 3 Hospitals, 5 GP surgeries, 3 care homes, 2 veterinary practices and a charity providing specialist support, accommodation and eye care help for people with learning disabilities, autism and sight loss.
I was thankfully able to recoup most of the money spent on materials by either selling them or returning to the manufacturer - meaning in total, I was able to donate as promised the remaining funds to the charities The Trussell Trust, NHS Charities Together and Refuge - £228.38 to each.
I consulted with as many supporters who had donated as I could possibly get in contact with (around 60 of the 72 backers), as I was conscious I was now in possession of a 3D printer I had bought with funds from donations, but the overwhelming feedback, was I should keep hold of it, and use it for good. I now offer it's print capacity to as many charities as possible that have a need for 3D printed objects such as splints and accessible aids, as well as spending my time designing 3D printable accessible aids for use around the house by folk struggling with tasks requiring grip and manipulation.
I am hoping, with a little more training, I can explore career options in the charitable/non-profit sector, putting the skills and resources I have available to good use!
On Friday 1st May 2020, Hucknall Food Bank will be collecting donations from your house.
Please support Hucknall Food Bank by donating any non-perishable foods to allow them to carry on supporting those in need during this pandemic.
All you need to do is leave your food bag outside your door/gate (Hucknall only) on Friday 1st May, and it will be collected.
Please email your address to firstname.lastname@example.org to let them know you would like to donate.
Keir Starmer won with 56.2% of the vote against Rebecca Long-Bailey, who came second with 27.6%, and contender Lisa Nandy, who took last place in the contest with 16.2%.
In the deputy leadership race running alongside the main race, candidate Angela Rayner won on the third round with 52.6% of the vote. Full results below.
Keir Starmer – 56.2%
Rebecca Long-Bailey – 27.6%
Lisa Nandy – 16.2%
Labour leader – total votes returned:
Members – 72.6% (401,564 out of 552,835)
Registered supporters – 95.5% (13,006 out of 13,626)
Affiliated supporters – 35.0% (76,161 out of 217,690)
Total – 62.6% (490,731 out of 784,151)
ALLIN-KHAN, Rosena – 77,351 (16.8%)
BURGON, Richard – 80,053 (17.3%)
BUTLER, Dawn – 50,255 (10.9%) [ELIMINATED]
MURRAY, Ian – 61,179 (13.3%)
RAYNER, Angela – 192,168 (41.7%)
ALLIN-KHAN, Rosena – 88,049 (19.5%)
BURGON, Richard – 88,664 (19.7%)
MURRAY, Ian – 64,560 (14.3%) [ELIMINATED]
RAYNER, Angela – 209,698 (46.5%)
ALLIN-KHAN, Rosena – 113,858 (26.1%)
BURGON, Richard – 92,643 (21.3%)
RAYNER, Angela – 22,8944 (52.6%) [ELECTED]
Labour deputy leader – total votes returned:
Members – 68.8% (380,076 out of 552,835)
Registered supporters – 88.5% (12,065 out of 13,626)
Affiliated supporters – 31.8% (69,316 out of 217,690)
Total – 58.9% (461,457 out of 784,151
As the coronavirus spreads, Hucknall Labour's priority is your health and wellbeing.
As well as doing everything we can to keep our members safe, we are committed to ensuring we fully contribute to the collective effort to protect public health.
We have paused all party campaigning and local meetings. Instead of canvassing and campaigning, we ask Labour members to get involved in supporting vulnerable people in our communities where and when they can – ensuring this is done safely and on the basis of public health advice.
We encourage the people of Hucknall, if possible, to join the 'Hucknall Community Care - Coronavirus' Facebook group, set up by Kate Edwards, to help the most vulnerable people in our Town. You can find the group here.
Please look after yourselves and feel free to get in touch with us if you need help.
On the 5th March 2020, Ashfield District Council held a Council Tax Setting meeting, where the decision to increase council tax by the maximum amount (2.7%) was voted on by all Councillors.
Only Labour voted against the increase. Unfortunately, the vote was carried.
In addition to this, the decisions to cut £10,000 from community grant funds and to not ring-fence money Edgewood Leisure Centre but put £20,000 in to comms were taken. Again, only Labour voted against these decisions.
We wanted to thank everyone who came to our #SaveEdgewood demo today. We collected a lot of signatures and had lots of great conversations, hearing reasons why residents don't want to see Edgewood Leisure Centre close.
Please continue to sign the petition here.
Hucknall & Ashfield Independent Councillors are trying to increase car parking charges at Yorke Street & Piggins Croft car parks.
The main changes to Hucknall include:-
Up to 4 hours: from £1.50 to £2
Over 4 hours: from £2 to £4
Hucknall Labour Councillors, Lauren Mitchell & Keir Morrison, have called on the Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Streets, Parks & Town Centres, Councillor David Martin, to SCRAP these proposals...
Cllr Lauren Mitchell said: "This is not only unfair on residents but would be bad for local businesses. We want to encourage people to spend time in the District, not put them off by doubling parking prices".
Cllr Keir Morrison added: "The car parking consultation has been confusing and beurocratic from the start. This doesnt take into account staff who rely on these car parks who work in stores located to the town centre who will be disproportionately affected".
Let Cllr Martin know you are against the increase in charges by contacting him at email@example.com. You can also have your say by filling in the consultation form (deadline 9th March) here.
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East Midlands Labour Candidates:
1. Rory Palmer
2. Leonie Mathers
3. Tony Tinley
4. Nicolle Ndiweni
5. Gary Godden
Results in full
HUCKNALL SOUTH WARD:
Lauren Mitchell (Lab) - 642 - ELECTED
Keir Morrison (Lab) - 606 - ELECTED
Jan Lees (Con) - 526
Brian Willows (Con) - 496
Ben Tomlinson (Ashfield Independents) - 470
Jean Toseland (Ashfield Independents) - 461
HUCKNALL CENTRAL WARD:
Trevor Locke (Ashfield Independents) - 690 ELECTED
Jim Blagden (Ashfield Independents) - 671 ELECTED
John Wilkinson (Lab) - 559
Nicolle Ndiweni (Lab) - 540
Trevor Peat (Con) - 356
Liz Kelly (Con) - 297
Jack Holland (UKIP) - 279
HUCKNALL WEST WARD:
Kevin Rostance (Con) - 1043 - ELECTED
Phil Rostance (Con) - 1031 - ELECTED
Chris Baron (Con) - 831 - ELECTED
Rachael Clarke (Ashfield Independents) - 691
Nicole Paylor (Ashfield Independents) - 653
Pat Ayres (Lab) - 642
Gordon Mann (Ashfield Independents) - 610
Louise Cooke (Lab) - 603
Ian Morrison (Lab) - 600
HUCKNALL NORTH WARD:
John Wilmott (Ashfield Independents) - 2011 - ELECTED
Lee Waters (Ashfield Independents) 1879 - ELECTED
Dave Shaw (Ashfield Independents) - 1869 - ELECTED
Alice Grice (Lab) - 619
Nat Mason (Lab) - 557
Natalie Bryan (Lab) - 539
Vicki Charlton (Lib) - 309
Cathryn Rostance (Con) - 281
James Harvey (Lib) - 231
David Randall (Con) - 216
Martin Howes (Lib) - 196
Maria Stojak (Con) -192
Thank you to everyone who supported us in this election.
Hucknall Labour Party is proud that 50% of its candidates for the Ashfield District Council Election on 2nd May are women. We want to make the District a better place for women...
Locally, Labour pledges to:
- Continue to provide and improve supported housing for survivors of domestic abuse
- Encourage women from across the District to get involved in local government/politics
- Represent ALL women by voicing their concerns and issues with the Council
Nationally, Labour pledges to:
- Create a standalone Department for Women and Equalities headed by a full time Secretary of State
- Introduce up to 10 days leave for survivors of domestic abuse
- Provide funding for free menstrual products for secondary schools, foodbanks and homeless shelters
Running a charity through Covid-19 - Meet Louise
30 Jun, 2020
Keeping Hucknall's Care Homes Stocked Up - Meet Ria:
22 Jun, 2020
Providing key workers with PPE - Meet Dave:
13 Jun, 2020
Hucknall Donates Day - 1st May
26 Apr, 2020
New Leader & Deputy Leader Announced
4 Apr, 2020
Hucknall Labour Party Statement on Coronavirus
19 Mar, 2020
Hucknall Labour votes AGAINST a rise in Council Tax
11 Mar, 2020