Stockport MP Ann Coffey recently visited The Olive Branch in Edgeley, to meet with volunteers and customers and to see an exhibition put together by the centre’s ‘Crafternoon’ group.
The Olive Branch gives support to vulnerable people who are often isolated and lonely. Alongside activity sessions, the centre provides an advice drop-in for people in need, a ‘Foodbank Plus’ and access to computers and the Internet. Volunteers also maintain the planters along Castle Street in Edgeley.
Ann Coffey said:
“I enjoyed meeting both local residents and volunteers at The Olive Branch. Some of them are already starting to make their Christmas cards, and we talked about the support the centre gives to local families with the foodbank. The centre provides both a lifeline and a place to meet and make friends.”
Christine Cheetham, Project Manager at The Olive Branch, added:
“It was a pleasure to have Ann visit our exhibition and meet members of our team, at a time when we are facing an increasing demand for our services. The Olive Branch receives a lot of support from both the community and local businesses, so we can’t thank everyone enough.”
The Olive Branch can be found at 2C Castle Street, Edgeley, SK3 9AB. For more information please contact them on 0161 425 0707 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I recently submitted a Freedom of Information request to the Crown Prosecution Service. I was interested in information on conviction rates of rape trials.
The findings in the CPS response are damning. Amongst the statistics, we found that the conviction rate last year in rape only trials involving 18 to 24-year-olds was 32%. However, the number of successful prosecutions against men aged 25 to 59 was 46%, in the same time period.
I went on BBC Radio5Live to discuss these findings and address the issue of rape myths. Myths such as rape only occurs if a victim has injuries. It is crucial we dispel rape myths and change wider public attitudes so that everyone can have faith in the justice system.
You can listen to the interview below.
For more information please read the Guardian’s full report on the FOI data and further coverage below.
Stockport MP Ann Coffey visited the annual Turners and Loxley Exhibition earlier this month, to see some of the artwork submitted by local residents.
People of all ages in Stockport were encouraged to submit a piece of art for the exhibition, as part of a ‘challenge’ run by Turners Art Materials on Wellington Road South.
More than 250 people attended the exhibition opening on 16th September, and many of this year’s entries are tactile to reflect Turners’ ongoing support of local sensory loss charity Walthew House.
Ann Coffey said:
“I was delighted to visit the exhibition and to see so many pieces of art, which were submitted by residents young and old alike. The Turners challenge allows everyone to feel that sense of pride in having their work displayed in a gallery, and I’d encourage everyone to visit the exhibition.”
Patricia Rainey-Edwards from Turners Art Materials said:
“It’s always brilliant to open the exhibition to the public, and to see all of the different designs and patterns that people have created. We’ve had an amazing response so far, with some very unique pieces submitted and plenty of people visiting the exhibition. Whether you’re a keen artist or not you’re likely to find a piece that grabs your interest, including a Las Vegas-style Prince Charles, a beautiful countryside scene and a collection of origami birds.”
The exhibition will be available to visit until Sunday 14th October, at Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery. For more information please contact Patricia Rainey-Edwards at email@example.com