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Work on new homes for people with autism begins

Latest artist’s impressions of planned new homes for people with autism revealed. All the images can be downloaded at http://www.flickr.com/surreynews Work to build new homes for people with autism and complex conditions has begun after the first shovel was put into the ground by the county council’s chairman. Sally Marks marked the start of the building … Continue reading

Prime Minister visits cafe offering mental health support

On the day Theresa May pledged to transform the way mental health issues are dealt with, the Prime Minister visited Aldershot’s Wellbeing Centre and Safe Haven – one of six cafe-style drop-in services providing support that are funded by organisations including Surrey County Council, clinical commissioning groups and Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. Helyn … Continue reading

Prudential RideLondon raises £12 million for charity

The organisers of Prudential RideLondon have announced that cyclists have raised more than £41 million for charity over the first four years of the world’s greatest festival of cycling. This year riders in the festival raised more than £12 million for charity, equalling the record set in 2015. A total of 26,770 riders completed the … Continue reading

VIDEO: Progress on health devolution plans set out

County council Cabinet Member for Wellbeing and Health Helyn Clack used today’s Full Council meeting to set out the progress made with Surrey Heartlands’ health devolution proposals.

RideLondon’s £350,000 boost for Surrey charity

A Surrey charity has been awarded £350,000 thanks to the county’s role in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey events. YMCA East Surrey received the sum to help fund a new sports facility for people with disabilities and additional needs at the charity’s Redhill site. The grant will also enable the centre to become a regional hub for … Continue reading

Appeal for adoptive families for children who wait longer to find a forever home

Parents who have adopted sets of siblings and children with disabilities have urged others to come forward and change the lives of youngsters who wait longer to find a forever family. With National Adoption Week in full swing, two families told of the rewards that adopting their children has brought them. Sarah*, a single mum-of-one, … Continue reading

Surrey County Council wins Fostering Friendly Employer of the Year Award

Surrey County Council has received the Fostering Friendly Employer of the Year Award at The Fostering Network’s Fostering Excellence Awards. Linda Kemeny, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Schools, Skills and Educational Achievement said: “We’re delighted to receive national recognition for the work we’ve done to support staff who give a loving home to vulnerable … Continue reading

New contract to improve sexual health services and save £6 million

Plans to improve sexual health services in Surrey and save £6 million have been given the go-ahead. Central and North West London NHS Trust has been awarded a three-year contract to manage services covering contraception, STI testing and work with groups most likely to be affected by poor sexual health. Under the terms of the … Continue reading

ROUND UP: County council adopts MND charter; Fire station opening doors to public; River Ash clean up day

County council adopts MND charter Surrey County Council has adopted a new charter to show its commitment to helping people with Motor Neurone Disease (MND). Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing Helyn Clack signed the Motor Neurone Disease Association’s five-point charter to help those suffering from the disease, which affects the brain and spinal cord. South Nutfield … Continue reading

Surrey Cabinet Member to be official starter for RideLondon-Surrey elite cycle race

Surrey County Council’s Richard Walsh will drop the flag on a star-studded line-up of elite riders when he starts this year’s Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic on Sunday. Tour de France winner Chris Froome will spearhead the field which also includes fellow British cycling stars Steve Cummings, Dan McLay and Adam Blythe as well as German sprinter Andre Greipel and Belgian former … Continue reading

Thrilling field for Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic

Rising British cycling star Dan McLay will join German sprinter Andre Greipel and Belgian former world champion Tom Boonen on the start line of the 2016 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic on Sunday 31 July. McLay, who has been battling Greipel in sprint finishes at the Tour de France, will race on Surrey’s roads in a Great … Continue reading

Dame Kelly Holmes takes on Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46 cycling challenge

Double Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes MBE will ride the inaugural Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46 on Sunday 31 July as she continues her quest to raise £250,000 for five charities: The Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, Hospice in the Weald, Myeloma UK, Pickering Cancer Centre and Mind UK. The Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46 is the latest event to … Continue reading

VIDEO: Surrey County Council awards £100,000 to new home for gymnastics club where Spelbound started

The gymnastics club where 2010 Britain’s Got Talent winners Spelbound started out has been given a £100,000 grant towards its new home by Surrey County Council. Leader David Hodge awarded the cash for Spelthorne Gymnastics’ new facility at Bishop Wand School in Sunbury. The club, which also boasts world and European gold medallists, is used by more than … Continue reading

VIDEO: Surrey foster couple awarded MBEs

A Surrey couple who foster children with disabilities and complex health problems have been rewarded for their dedication with MBEs. John and Wendy Palczynski, from Guildford, have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to children and families in Surrey. They have cared for 29 children over 13 years including some with profound … Continue reading

Lord Laming praises Surrey’s work to keep children in care out of custody

Surrey’s approach to keeping children in care out of custody was today praised in an independent review chaired by Lord Laming. The cross-bench peer’s report for the Prison Reform Trust found action needs to be taken to prevent children in care being “sucked into the criminal justice system for trivial reasons”. He highlighted how the work done … Continue reading

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